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All CTOS courses are offered at NO COST to eligible participants. LEARN MORE

 

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Computer and web-based training provide responders with cost effective, self paced, interactive training. E-learning’s convenient access is perfect for initial, just-in-time, and refresher training, providing information and exercises designed to meet requirements for continued education and skill progression.

 

AWR-140-W AWR-224-W
AWR-140-W
Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations [PREVENTION/RESPONSE]
AWR-224-W
Secondary Screener Radiation Detection Kit Components and Controls [PREVENTION]
PER-297-W PER-300-W
PER-297-W
Secondary Screener/Radiation Isotope Identifier Device Refresher Course [PREVENTION]
PER-300-W
Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector (PRD) Refresher Course [PREVENTION]
PER-307-W  
PER-307-W
Introduction to Improvised Nuclear Device Effects and Response Strategies [RESPONSE]
 

 

 

 

 




Awareness Level

Awareness level courses are designed for responders who require the skills necessary to recognize and report a potential catastrophic incident or who are likely to witness or investigate an event involving the use of hazardous and/or explosive devices.

 

pdf iconDHS Course #: AWR-140-W

Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations [PREVENTION/RESPONSE]

 

Target Audience/Discipline: Emergency Medical Animal Emergency Services, Agricultural Safety, Citizen/Community Volunteer, Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Governmental Administrative, Healthcare, Hazardous Materials, Information Technology, Law Enforcement, Other, Public Health, Public Safety Communications, Private Sector/Corporate Security and Safety Professionals, Public Works, Search and Rescue, Transportation Security

 

Min/Max Enrollment: N/A | Hours: 4 hours | CEUs: N/A | Format: Web-based (also available as an Instructor-Led, Direct Delivery/MTT (DHS Course #AWR-140) | Prerequisites: N/A

AWR-140-W

 

This web-based training course presents a radiological/nuclear WMD overview consisting of ionizing radiation fundamentals, terminology, health effects, and recognition factors. This information is requisite knowledge for responders performing the interdiction/prevention mission as well as first responders and other personnel who are likely to be the first to arrive on the scene of a radiological/nuclear incident. This fundamental knowledge of ionizing radiation and its effects is vital to responder safety, allowing performance of their mission while keeping the risk to themselves and the public as low as reasonably achievable.

 

Course Objectives: Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define the fundamentals of radiation, radioactive material, ionization, and contamination.
  • Describe the indicators, signs, and symptoms of exposure to radiation.
  • Recognize the presence of radiological material from radiological postings (colors and symbols), container shapes/types, or unusual signs that may indicate the threat of a radiological incident, and make appropriate notifications for additional agencies and resources that may be needed.
  • Describe the radiological/nuclear WMD threat and its potential impact on the community.

Eligibility: State, local, tribal, and territorial responders in the professional response disciplines as well as non-governmental organizations, including faith-based and non-profit groups, private industry, individual citizens, families, and communities.


Certificate: Certificates are issued to attendees upon successful completion of the course.


Cost: All training and course materials are provided at no cost to eligible participants. Funding provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency/National Preparedness Directorate U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

 

Compliance: This course enhances the competencies defined in National Fire Prevention Association NFPA 472, “Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/WMD Incidents,” for responding to specific radiological/nuclear WMD incidents, and augments the responder’s knowledge and skills to perform those duties and functions.

 

Enrollment Information: Access the CTOS Web Campus to create an account. To register for an online course, select the course catalog.




 

Prevention Level

Prevention level courses are designed to improve the nation’s capability to detect unauthorized attempts to import, possess, store, develop, or transport nuclear or radiological material for use against the nation.

 

pdf iconDHS Course #: AWR-224-W

Secondary Screener Radiation Detection Kit Components and Controls [PREVENTION]


Target Audience/Discipline: Fire Service, Hazardous Materials, Law Enforcement

 

Min/Max Enrollment: N/A | Hours: 1.5 hours | CEUs: N/A | Format: Web-based | Prerequisites: PER-243 Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector (PRD) Course; PER-245 Secondary Screener/Radiation Isotope Identifier Device (SS/RIID) Course or working knowledge of PRDs and RIIDs, equivalent experience, knowledge, skills and/or abilities | Recommended Prerequisites: AWR-140/AWR-140-W, Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations

AWR-224-W

 

This web-based training (WBT) course provides general information on the purpose and operation of the survey meter and probes contained in the Radiation Detection Kit (RDK) and its use in a variety of settings. This WBT is a prerequisite, and prepares participants for the instructor-led PER-247 course. Prerequisites include PER-243 Personal Radiation Detector (PRD) Course and PER-245 Secondary Screener/Radiation Isotope Identifier Device (SS/RIID) Course.

 

Course Objectives: Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the contents of the Thermo Scientific Emergency RDK.
  • Identify the controls and components of the FH40G-L survey rate meter.
  • List the steps required to perform a pre-operations check.
  • Identify each of the audio and visual alarms that may occur during the detection of radiation by the FH40G-L with/without probes.
  • Describe the probes contained within the RDK and their characteristics in the detection of radiation.

Eligibility: It is the responsibility of the jurisdiction to select course participants.


Certificate: Certificates are issued to attendees upon successful completion of the course.


Cost: All training and course materials are provided at no cost to eligible participants. Funding provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency/National Preparedness Directorate U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


Compliance: This course complies with ANSI N42.37-2006, “American National Standard for Training Requirements for Homeland Security Purposes Using Radiation Detector Instrumentation for Interdiction and Prevention.”


Enrollment Information: Access the CTOS Web Campus to create an account. To register for an online course, select the course catalog.


 

pdf iconDHS Course #: PER-297-W

Secondary Screener/Radiation Isotope Identifier Device Refresher Course [PREVENTION]


Target Audience/Discipline: Fire Service, Hazardous Materials, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Transportation Security

 

Min/Max Enrollment: N/A | Hours: 1.5 hours | CEUs: N/A | Format: Web-based | Prerequisites: PER-245 Secondary Screener/Radiation Isotope Identifier Device (SS/RIID) Course

PER-297-W

 

This web-based training (WBT) is designed to provide refresher training to secondary screeners who have successfully completed the instructor-led PER-245 Secondary Screener/Radiation Isotope Identifier Device (SS/RIID) Course. This course emphasizes crucial training points from the SS/RIID course, while reviewing the knowledge and skills required in the operation and employment of a RIID during a radiological incident. Course content also includes information about the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture, the National Preparedness Core Capabilities, and lessons-learned topics.

 

Course Objectives: Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the RIID operational characteristics and components, and perform a RIID pre-operations check.
  • Identify the core elements of the primary and secondary screener activities.
  • Describe the role of the secondary screener.
  • Review the Alarm Response Guide steps to detect, verify, locate, measure, identify, and assess radiological sources.
  • Employ the RIID to detect, verify, locate, measure, identify, and assess radiological materials in a variety of locations and situations.
  • Using the RIID, RIID data files, email-capable computer with RIID software, and simulated radiation alarm scenario information, describe the capabilities of the applicable regional, state, local, and the DNDO Joint Analysis Center (JAC) Reachback resources, and use the JAC to identify an unknown source and help adjudicate the simulated alarm.

Eligibility: It is the responsibility of the jurisdiction to select course participants.


Certificate: Certificates are issued to attendees upon successful completion of the course.


Cost: All training and course materials are provided at no cost to eligible participants. Funding provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency/National Preparedness Directorate (FEMA/NPD) U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


Compliance: This course complies with ANSI N42.37-2006, “American National Standard for Training Requirements for Homeland Security Purposes Using Radiation Detector Instrumentation for Interdiction and Prevention.”


Enrollment Information: Access the CTOS Web Campus to create an account. To register for an online course, select the course catalog.


 

pdf iconDHS Course #: PER-300-W

Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector (PRD) Refresher Course [PREVENTION]


Target Audience/Discipline: Animal Emergency Services, Agricultural Safety, Citizen/Community Volunteer, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Healthcare, Hazardous Materials, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Private Sector/Corporate Security and Safety Professionals, Search and Rescue, Transportation Security

 

Min/Max Enrollment: N/A | Hours: 1.5 hours | CEUs: N/A | Format: Web-based Prerequisites: PER-243, Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector (PRD) Course or equivalent PRD initial training and/or experience; AWR-140/AWR-140-W, Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations [Optional based on participant knowledge of properties of radiological/nuclear material] | Recommended Prerequisites: CTOS PRD authorized Instructors only: PER-243-1 Personal Radiation Detector (PRD) Train-the-Trainer

PER-300-W

 

This web-based training (WBT) course provides refresher training to primary screeners who have successfully completed the instructor-led PER-243 Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector (PRD) Course. This course emphasizes crucial training points from the PRD course, while reviewing the knowledge and skills required in the operation and employment of a PRD during the initial detection of radioactive materials in varying scenarios.

 

Course Objectives: Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the properties of radiation and radiological/nuclear material.
  • List the recommended procedures for operating the PRD.
  • Select the appropriate response to PRD alarms on facilities, people, packages, and vehicles.
  • Identify legal considerations when using a PRD for radiological/nuclear detection missions.

Eligibility: It is the responsibility of the jurisdiction to select course participants.


Certificate: Certificates are issued to attendees upon successful completion of the course.


Cost: All training and course materials are provided at no cost to eligible participants. Funding provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency/National Preparedness Directorate (FEMA/NPD) U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


Compliance: This course complies with ANSI N42.37-2006, “American National Standard for Training Requirements for Homeland Security Purposes Using Radiation Detector Instrumentation for Interdiction and Prevention.”


Enrollment Information: Access the CTOS Web Campus to create an account. To register for an online course, select the course catalog.



 

Response Level

By providing four tiers of response-level training, first responders progressively learn radiological/nuclear response tasks starting with the CTOS Radiological Awareness Level, continuing with Operations Level, Technical Level, and the Management and Planning Level.

 

pdf iconDHS Course #: PER-307-W

Introduction to Improvised Nuclear Device Effects and Response Strategies [RESPONSE]

 

Target Audience/Discipline: Animal Emergency Services, Agricultural Safety, Citizen/Community Volunteer, Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Governmental Administrative, Healthcare, Hazardous Materials, Information Technology, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Public Safety Communications, Private Sector/Corporate Security and Safety Professionals, Public Works, Search and Rescue, and Transportation Security. Others include state and local personnel at all levels who could be involved in the planning, conduct, management, leadership, or support of the response to a nuclear detonation in a U.S. city

 

Min/Max Enrollment: N/A | Hours: 3 hours | CEUs: N/A | Format: Web-based | Prerequisites: Familiarity with basic radiation safety principles and fundamentals of radiological emergency response via completion of any one of the following courses (or their equivalents): AWR-140 or AWR-140-W, Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations; PER-240 WMD Radiological/Nuclear Responder Operations Course; PER-241, WMD Radiological/Nuclear Course for Hazardous Material Technicians; PER-904 Radiological Emergency Response Operations; PER-905 Advanced Radiological Incident Operations; PER-908 Radiological Series, Train-the-Trainer (These are recommended but not required) | Recommended Prerequisites: Familiarity with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) via completion of all the following courses (or their equivalents): ICS-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System; ICS-200 Basic Incident Command/ICS, for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents;ICS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS): An Introduction. The recommended familiarity with basic radiation safety principles could alternately be met by any one of the following courses: IS-300 Radiological Emergency Management; IS-301 Radiological Emergency Response; IS-302 Modular Emergency Radiological Response Transportation Training (MERRTT); DOE Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program (TEPP) Modular Emergency Radiological Response Transportation Training (MERRTT); G320 Fundamentals Course for Radiological Response

PER-307-W

 

This web-based training (WBT) course provides first responders, leaders, emergency planners, and support personnel with nuclear detonation specific response guidance, such as recognition, immediate actions, response planning, damage zones, fallout/radiation hazards, and shelter and evacuation strategies. This course forms the foundation for additional courses in improvised nuclear device (IND) response operations, management, and planning.

 

This course provides an overview of the expected effects from the detonation of an IND in a major U.S. city. It also provides an overview of the current preplanning guidance and response strategy recommendations to maximize the preservation of life in an urban nuclear detonation of unconscionable magnitude.

 

Course Objectives:

  • Given a list, identify the critical elements and gaps in planning for a response to an IND detonation.
  • Given a list on the prompt effects from a low yield (10 KT) nuclear detonation in an urban environment, select the identifiers of an IND detonation and the main elements of each damage zone.
  • Given reference material, maps, activities, and information on the dangerous effects of an IND detonation, identify the five different zones and state the safety considerations for an IND response plan.
  • Given statements and corresponding graphics on response strategies and safety considerations as a result of an IND detonation, identify the effective sheltering and evacuation considerations, and why cascading effects multiply the dangers and impede response efforts.
  • Given an overview of PPD-8 and its components, locate the applicable documents and reference.
  • Given a review of The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned, recognize the hindrances that impeded response operations.

Eligibility: It is the responsibility of the jurisdiction to select course participants.


Certificate: Certificates are issued to attendees upon successful completion of the course.


Cost: All training and course materials are provided at no cost to eligible participants. Funding provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency/National Preparedness Directorate (FEMA/NPD) U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


Compliance: This course enhances the competencies defined in National Fire Protection Association NFPA 472, “Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/WMD Incidents,” for responding to specific radiological/nuclear WMD incidents, and augments the responder’s knowledge and skills to perform those duties and functions.


Enrollment Information: Access the CTOS Web Campus to create an account. To register for an online course, select the course catalog.

 

 

 

 

 



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Target Audience

  • State and Local First Responders
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Emergency Management Agency
  • Fire Service
  • Government Administrative
  • Hazardous Materials Personnel
  • Law Enforcement
  • Healthcare
  • Public Health
  • Public Safety Communications
  • Public Works
  • Other skilled support personnel
    who provide immediate
    support services during prevention, response, and recovery operations


Training is provided at no cost to eligible participants


U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA/NPD funding is used for: developing and delivering courses, transportation, food, and housing for students attending residence courses.

 

In recent years, over 13,000 First Responders trained annually.


All CTOS courses are subject to a DHS certification process that utilizes third-party subject matter experts to validate the content of the course materials and ensure that the lessons are meeting industry standards and regulations. In addition to all courses undergoing certification, all CTOS instructors must complete the DHS and NDPC Instructor Certification Programs. Instructors all possess both DHS and NDPC Instructor Certifications, which provides CTOS with a consistent approach to ensuring only highly skilled instructors with both field and classroom experience deliver DHS-sponsored training.