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Resident Training

If you are a state, local, tribal or territorial government emergency responder, this training is completely funded by DHS at no cost to you or your jurisdiction. We fly you into Atlanta airport, pick you up, transport you to the CDP, and provide all meals and lodging. For federal, civilian and international requests, please contact a coordinator.


First responders who have authority to perform duties throughout a state/territorial boundary in accordance with department/agency mission. Examples may include State Police, State Fire Marshal’s Office, State Hazardous Materials Teams, and National Guard.
First responders who have authority within a small geographic area to perform official duties in accordance with department/agency mission. Examples may include law enforcement and fire personnel who work at the city, town, county or parish level; healthcare providers who work at local hospitals.
First responders within a recognized Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation who perform official duties in accordance with local laws and government. Examples may include first responders within tribal or Alaska Native reservations/villages; Indian Health Services.
First responders within an independent governmental unit that exists separately from, and with substantial administrative and fiscal independence from, general purpose local governments such as county, municipal, and township governments. Examples may include Water ports, airports, highways, mass transit, hospitals, water supply, and electric power.
First Responders usually composed within organizations that are privately owned and not part of the government. Examples include corporations (both profit and non-profit) such as railroads, partnerships, and charities. NOTE: Healthcare personnel who work in hospitals responsible for mass casualty incident response do not fall into this category.
Service members who are assigned to specialized fields that directly support response efforts at the federal, state or local level.
  • Military Active Duty personnel are considered federal assets and must fund their training experience to include roundtrip travel, meals, lodging and reimburse for services for the training. Contact a CDP Training Coordinator for further information.
  • Military Reserve personnel are considered federal assets and must fund their training experience to include roundtrip travel, meals, lodging and reimburse for services for the training. Contact a CDP Training Coordinator for further information.
  • National Guard personnel are considered state assets and their training experience is funded by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP).
First responders who work for the federal government outside of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Examples include DOD employees, Veterans Affairs employees.
First responders who work for the federal government within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Examples may include U.S. Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
First responders or personnel who support citizens and emergency personnel to build, sustain, and improve the nations capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Examples may include disaster assistance employees and disaster preparedness employees.
Individuals who work in any of the approved disciplines in support of a foreign government or corporation. Examples may include foreign healthcare workers.


Individuals who, on a full-time, part-time, or voluntary basis, work for agencies at the local, municipal, and state levels with responsibilities as sworn law enforcement officers. This category includes: Patrol Officers, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Teams, Bomb Technicians, Evidence Technicians, Supervision/Management/Incident Command, Investigations as well as corrections officers when employed with law enforcement or sheriff’s department.
Individuals who, on a full-time, part-time, or voluntary basis, provide life-safety services, including fire suppression, rescue, arson investigation, public education, and prevention. This category includes: Firefighters, Company Officers, Fire Marshal's Office, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Teams, Technical Rescue Teams.
Individuals who provide clinical, forensic, and administrative skills in hospitals, physician offices, and clinics including surveillance (passive and active), diagnosis, laboratory evaluation, treatment, mental health support, epidemiology investigation, evidence collection, along with fatality management for humans and animals. This category includes: Hospital Administrators/Executives, Physicians, Dentists, Nurses, Physician Extenders (Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners), Veterinarians, Pharmacists, and Technicians, Medical Examiners/Coroners, Therapists, Epidemiologists, Facility Management, Security, Environmental Investigators, and Medical Records.
Individuals who, on a full-time, part-time, or voluntary basis, serve as first responders, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) (basic), and paramedics (advanced) on ground-based and aeromedical services to provide pre-hospital care. This category includes: EMT (basic), Paramedic (advanced), and First Responders.
Organizations, at the state, local and tribal level, that coordinate preparation, recognition, response, and recovery for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) incidents. This category includes: state and local Emergency Management Agencies (EMA), Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), professional associations (e.g., American Society of Civil Engineers, American Institute of Architects, etc.), human service agencies, and private agencies supporting EMA activities.
Individuals whose responsibilities include the prevention of epidemics and spread of disease, protection from environmental hazards, the promotion of healthy behavior, responding to disasters and assistance in recovery, as well as assuring the quality and accessibility of health services. This category includes: Epidemiologists, Environmental Engineers, Environmental Scientists, Occupational Safety and Health Specialists, Health Educators, Public Health Policy Analysts, Community Social Workers, Psychologists and Mental Health Providers, and Counselors.
Elected and appointed officials responsible for public administration of community health and welfare during an incident. This category includes: Mayors, Elected Officials, and Executives, Chief Administrative Officers (City Managers and Supporting Staff).
Individuals, who, on a full-time, part-time, or voluntary basis, identify, characterize, provide risk assessment, and mitigate/control the release of a hazardous substance or potentially hazardous substance. This category includes: Technicians, Specialists, Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS), Environmental Quality Control, Private Companies and Contractors Supporting Hazardous Materials Activities.
Individuals who, on a full-time, part-time, or voluntary basis, through technology, serve as a conduit and put persons reporting an incident in touch with response personnel and emergency management, to identify an incident occurrence and help to support the resolution of life-safety, criminal, environmental, and facilities problems associated with the event. This category includes: Call Takers, Shift Supervisors, and Medical Control Centers, Dispatchers (Emergency Medical Services [EMS], law enforcement, and fire.
Individuals who monitor and reduce the risk of human induced events that adversely affect people or property to some acceptable level. This category includes: Security guards; Safety Managers.
Individuals who deliver programs or courses designed to increase cognition or understanding of a subject as opposed to training which is provided to increase proficiency of a stated task.
Individuals who manage the development, maintenance, and use of computer systems, software and networks for the processing and distribution of data.
Individuals or teams that are trained to serve their respective communities during emergency situations in support of local professional first responders. This category includes: Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT); Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS); Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).
Organizations and individuals who are involved with the operation and management of the Nation’s transportation systems (all modes) to include: engineering, fleet operations, mass transit and environmental services as well as security. Examples include train conductors, railroad engineers, shipping clerks, terminal operations managers, terminal dispatchers, terminal operators and managers, harbor and river pilots, longshoreman, harbor police, marine engineers, captains and crews of vessels, aircraft flight crew, and airport management and security personnel.
Individuals or teams who are responsible for locating and recovering disaster survivors and the application of first aid and basic medical assistance as may be required.
Organizations and individuals who are responsible for the health and safety of the agricultural and food supply and responsible for preparing for and responding to an agricultural or food incident. Examples include veterinarians, county extension agents, veterinarian technicians, department of agriculture officials, as well as animal and plant inspection personnel.
Organizations and individuals who make up the public/private infrastructure for the construction and management of critical infrastructure while minimizing health and safety risks. The categories/roles include administration, technical, supervision, and craft (basic and advanced). This category includes: Environmental Services (Water Quality); Solid Waste; Animal Services; Water Treatment; Public Buildings and Parks; Telecommunications; Electric Districts; and Digital Cable, Engineering, and Equipment Services.
Eligible Attendees

Personnel who are active members within the emergency response community providing immediate support services in preparation, prevention, response, recovery and mitigation of all hazards.


Prerequisite training requirements can be found under “Prerequisites and Requirements” in each course description.


All eligibility requirements and prerequisites will be verified by the individual State Administrative Agency Training Point of Contact prior to an application being forwarded to the CDP.

Resident Training Coordinator Contact Information

For training application and related questions or issues, contact your respective CDP Training Coordinator.

Western Region

(866) 213-9548 (256) 847-2081

Central Region

(866) 213-9547 (256) 847-2084

Eastern Region

(866) 213-9546 (256) 847-2082


(866) 213-9548 (256) 847-2081

Federal, Private Sector, and International

(866) 213-9547 (256) 847-2084

For log in, access and technical system questions or issues, contact CDP Help Desk Support by email or 866-213-9699. Hours of operation are Mon–Fri. 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Central.
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