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Training and Education

Training and education provide the whole community with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform key tasks required by specific capabilities. Jurisdictions and organizations should make decisions to invest in training and education based on information derived from the assessments, strategies, and plans developed through implementation of the Integrated Preparedness Cycle. For more information, refer to the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program.

National Training and Education System (NTES)

NTES consists of the nationwide network of training and education providers and students who build and sustain capabilities for a more secure and resilient Nation. NTES extends through all who serve in times of disaster and emergencies—from volunteer firefighters in rural communities to emergency managers and homeland security leaders in large metropolitan areas. The System enables better outcomes for all by aligning and simplifying access to the right resources and ensuring learning content is relevant, effective, and addresses priority needs.

FEMA Training Organizations

National Training and Education Division (NTED)

NTED provides world-class training and education for the nation’s first responders, emergency managers, and other members of the whole community who are working together to build a culture of preparedness and ready the nation for catastrophic disasters. NTED partners with FEMA’s Office of the Chief Learning Officer, Field Operations Directorate, and National Fire Academy through the Training, Education, and Professional Development (TEP) initiative to optimize learning and development efforts for the FEMA workforce and the State, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) communities. NTED manages over 600 courses, addressing all 32 core capabilities, with more than 19 million course completions since 2001.


The Office of the Director (NTED-HQ) manages NTES as well as the Training Partners Program and the Higher Education Program. The Training Partners Program provides fiscal and programmatic oversight for the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium, Continuing Training Grants, and the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security to meet specialized training and education needs. The Higher Education Program works with over 600 institutions to help advance the emergency management profession and foster a culture of continuous learning and innovation through formal education and research.

Center for Domestic Preparedness

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) develops and delivers advanced all-hazards training to responders and officials from state, local, tribal and territorial governments. The catalog includes more than 50 courses on Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) incidents, mass casualty response, and incident management, which the CDP delivers on campus in Anniston, Alabama, and at sites across the nation. CDP training is federally funded at no cost to responders or their agencies. For more information, visit CDP.

Emergency Management Institute

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) serves as the national focal point for the development and delivery of emergency management training to enhance the capabilities of federal, state, local, tribal and territorial government officials, volunteer organizations, the private sector, and the public to minimize the impact of disasters. Visit for information on Independent Study courses. Visit for information on resident and field courses.

National Fire Academy

The National Fire Academy (NFA) is the nation's premier provider of leadership skills and advanced technical training fostering a solid foundation for local fire and emergency services stakeholders in prevention, preparedness and response.  The NFA employs resident and off-campus classroom, blended and distance learning options – including national distribution systems of accredited state and metropolitan fire training systems and colleges and universities to reach America’s first responders. All NFA courses receive college credit recommendation through the American Council on Education and continuing education units through the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.

Workforce Development Division

The Workforce Development Division (WDD) develops, coordinates, resources, and executes training, education, experiential learning, and standard qualification processes to ensure FEMA’s incident workforce is well prepared to support disaster survivors and first responders in all hazards events. WDD administers the FEMA Qualification System (FQS), coordinates course delivery and development requirements for the incident workforce in coordination with FEMA’s twenty-three cadres, and leads initiatives related to expeditionary workforce efforts.

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05/04/2020 - 11:10