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A note to our statewide training partners from CalOES during this difficult time.
The safety, security, and well-being of students and staff is our number one priority at California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI). As the State continues to address concerns surrounding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are closely following events and public health recommendations surrounding the outbreak and spread of COVID-19.

In order to prevent the spread of illness and to follow the Governor’s orders, public health directives, and recommendations CSTI will continue to postpone all CSTI team activities and in-class training through September 30, 2020. We will continue to follow the guidelines provided by state and federal government and public health agencies, and we encourage you to follow best practices issued by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and local health departments to ensure we can all remain well and safe.

California Specialized Training Institute Cancels Classes Due To COVID-19 PDF

FREE COVID-19 Online Training Materials

CSTI Announces Online COVID-19 Awareness Classes to help you, your employees, and their families better understand this novel coronavirus. CSTI has posted a series of breif awareness-level classes on our Learning Management System. Learning more about this threat helps us all prepare our communities to survive.

COVID-19 Online Training Materials Flyer

Learning Management System

COVID-19 and Biological Awareness Online Courses – Now Available

California Department of Public Health eTraining Bulletin – 2020

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program – COVID-19 Training Tool

World Health Organization (WHO) Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Online training

Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium: Isolation and Quarantine for Rural Communities (MGT 433-W)

Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response Awareness Course (AWR 922-W)

Basic EOC Training Materials - Free 

One of the many challenges facing all jurisdictions during the COVID-19 response is the ongoing need to staff Emergency Operations Centers and other coordination centers with trained personnel. We are all facing long-term sustained operations with no outside relief anticipated.

Cal OES and the California Specialized Training Institute recognize jurisdictions at every level have an immediate need to train new staff to build their EOC cadres. To help you meet that need, we have placed basic EOC training materials online. These materials can be downloaded and used by your own experienced staff to provide initial training for new EOC assignees. We are working to develop additional interactive online courses that individuals can access directly and complete at their convenience. We will announce those as soon as they are available.

Available EOC Course Materials:


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State Training Office

The State Training Office coordinates state and national training programs and provides training services throughout the state for our first responder and emergency management communities. These instruction programs enhance capabilities of the response communities for all-hazards events, and support our goal to minimize the impact of disasters on our communities, property, economy and environment in California. These comprehensive training programs ensure our first responders, emergency managers, government leaders, non-governmental partners, and private citizens have the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform key tasks when disasters strike. The California Integrated Preparedness Plan (IPP) 2020-2022, formerly Training and Exercise Plan (TEP), provides a roadmap to accomplish this goal. Emergency Managers should attend the yearly Training and Exercise Planning Workshop to coordinate courses requests with neighboring jurisdictions and the State Training Program.


All-Hazards Emergency Management State Training Bulletin

The State Training Bulletin lists State and Federal emergency management and first responder training opportunities focused on providing one-stop access to training guidance and information to strengthen preparedness, enhance effectiveness, improve response levels, and provide viable solutions to California’s response community. Continue reading below for details, links, and information about State and Federal training resources and programs. 

If you have questions about our program and services, or would like to add additional training opportunities to this bulletin please contact:

How to Request a Course Delivery

There are hundreds of Homeland Security training programs available for delivery in your jurisdiction. Emergency Managers can request local-delivery of State and National Preparedness courses by completing a Mobile Training Team (MTT) Request Form (Fillable: Select Tools, Fill and Sign) and submitting it to

The State Training Program fills these requests on a needs basis, dependent on available resources. Note: One class per request. Minimum seat requirement. CSTI can assist marketing/filling the course.

To view a list of courses available for mobile delivery visit California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI) Catalog and FEMA's National Training and Education Division (NTED) National Preparedness Course Catalog. These catalogs have a searchable list of courses that have been developed for and/or delivered by institutions and organizations for delivery to local jurisdictions. Each provider/program has various logistical and enrollment minimum and maximum requirements. Please contact the California State Training Officer, or State Training Office for details.

Non-Resident Training (In-State)

To see what's currently scheduled in your area, please check out the State Training Bulletin, or visit provider websites below for course schedules:

Resident Training (Out-of-State)

These programs are funded through federal grants and can include tuition, course materials and travel (there are some exceptions). Each training provider has their own registration form and process that must be followed. Because of the background, discipline, and experience needed for many of the training courses offered, applicants attending training courses at the provider’s location must adhere to the individual provider’s policies and procedures. The provider websites below will give specific information on training dates, course details and registration procedures.

After downloading the appropriate application, ensure you have filled it in completely, obtained all necessary signatures (to include State Training Officer’s), and coordinate the training in accordance with your agency's travel and training policies. Incomplete applications, or applications without required signatures will not be processed.

Federal Tracking Number for use of Homeland Security Grant Funds


To request the use of Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) funds to attend WMD/CBRNE/Terrorism/All Hazards courses or exercises, please fill out completely and select "Submit" at the bottom of the form to send electronically.

EOC Credentialing Program

Cal OES’ EOC Position Credentialing Program helps to promote elements of the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and is designed to flow into the larger effort of the NIMS Guidelines for the Credentialing of Personnel. The NIMS Guidelines require states to initiate development of a State/Territory/Tribal system (that incorporates local jurisdictions) to credential emergency management/response personnel to ensure proper authorization and access to an incident including involving mutual aid agreements and/or assistance agreements (Guidance Document, November 21, 2008). By following the framework of the Federal Guidance, California’s program will facilitate a seamless transition into a national system. More Info

Professional Certificate Programs

California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI) has trained first responders and emergency managers in all phases of emergency management for over 45 years. Cal OES/CSTI offers one of the most well recognized and comprehensive specialized training programs in the nation. Programs include disaster preparedness and response, terrorism prevention and response, law enforcement tactics, disaster mitigation and recovery, and WMD/hazardous materials response. More Info

Currently, CSTI offers several training certificates:

​State Training Office Staff List

General Email:

Kevin Leisher, State Administrative Authority (SAA), CSTI Operations Chief 916-838-5621

Kelly Rogers, State Training Officer (STO) 916-826-8117

Tracy Stocks, State Training Coordinator 916-584-1983

Melanie Currie, Training Coordinator/Federal Tracking Number 916-845-8745

Adam Sutkus, Training Coordinator/Federal Tracking Number 916-628-1362

​State Training Resources

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

With over 38 million residents (12% of the population), the State of California is the most populous state in the nation and has the third largest land area among the states (163,695 square miles). California is culturally, ethnically, economically, ecologically, and politically diverse, and maintains the eighth largest economy in the world with 13 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product. California also faces numerous risks and threats to our people, property, economy, environment and is prone to earthquakes, floods, significant wildfires, prolonged drought impacts, public health emergencies, cybersecurity attacks, agricultural and animal disasters, as well threats to homeland security. More Info
CA Specialized Training Institute Highlighted Programs 

Under the reorganization of Cal OES, CSTI has evolved into a statewide enterprise with responsibility for supporting training, exercises and education in wide variety of areas including but not limited to; emergency management, public safety, homeland security, hazardous materials, disaster recovery and crisis communications. More Info

Safety Assessment Program (SAP) The Safety Assessment Program (SAP) utilizes volunteers and mutual aid resources to provide professional engineers, architects, and certified building inspectors to assist local governments in safety evaluation of their built environment in the aftermath of a disaster. The program is managed by Cal OES, in cooperation with professional organizations. Cal OES issues registration ID cards to all SAP Evaluators that have successfully completed the program requirements. More info

California State Threat Assessment Center (STAC) serves as California’s information sharing clearinghouse of strategic threat analysis and situational awareness reporting to statewide leadership and the public safety community in support of efforts to prevent, prepare for, mitigate and respond to all crimes and all hazards impacting California citizens and critical infrastructure, while preserving civil liberties, individual privacy, and constitutional rights. More info

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) works to protect the public's health in the Golden State and helps shape positive health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. The Department's programs and services, implemented in collaboration with local health departments and state, federal and private partners, touch the lives of every Californian and visitor to the state 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. More info

California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is one of 16 departments and offices in the California Health and Human Services Agency. The Department is comprised of more than 4,200 employees who are responsible for the oversight and administration of programs serving California's most vulnerable residents. More info
California Volunteers - Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. More info

California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee
By improving the quality of education and training within the fire service and setting a professional standard for firefighters throughout the state of California, the California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (Cal-JAC) has proven itself an innovative and respected leader. A collaboration of two strong and influential forces, the Cal-JAC is co-sponsored by the Office of the California State Fire Marshal, representing management, and the California Professional Firefighters, AFL-CIO, representing labor. This partnership of management and labor creates a balance that benefits California fire departments, firefighters and ultimately the communities in which they serve. More info

California Maritime Academy Located on a compact but scenic waterfront campus in Vallejo, California, California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) is a unique and specialized campus of the 23-campus California State University system. Serving 1,051 students, we are one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States — and the only one on the West Coast. More info

Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) is charged with providing leadership in developing and implementing EMS systems throughout California and setting standards for the training and scope of practice of various levels of EMS personnel. The EMS Authority also has responsibility for promoting disaster medical preparedness throughout the state, and, when required, coordinating and supporting the state’s medical response to major disasters. Emergency and disaster medical services in California are rooted in the skills and commitment of the first responders, EMTs, nurses, physicians, and administrators who deliver care to the public and operate the system. More info

Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) was established by the Legislature in 1959 to set minimum selection and training standards for California law enforcement. The POST organization, with more than 130 staff members, functions under the direction of an Executive Director appointed by the Commission. More info

CALFIRE Office of the State Fire Marshal – State Fire Training (SFM/SFT)
The mission of the State Fire Marshal is to protect life and property through the development and application of fire prevention engineering, education and enforcement. The Office of the State Fire Marshal supports the mission of the CAL FIRE by focusing on fire prevention. The Office of the State Fire Marshal provides support through a wide variety of fire safety responsibilities including: regulating buildings in which people live, congregate, or are confined; by controlling substances and products which may, in and of themselves, or by their misuse, cause injuries, death and destruction by fire; by providing statewide direction for fire prevention within wildland areas; by regulation hazardous liquid pipelines; by developing and reviewing regulations and building standards; and by providing training and education in fire protection methods and responsibilities. More info

UC Davis International Animal Welfare Training Institute (IAWTI) benefits from interacting with individuals on and off campus. Our director and his associates take on the primary tasks of addressing animal welfare concerns by implementing training, conducting research and providing service. These endeavors are supported by a broad range of expertise from UC Davis faculty and staff as well as off campus affiliates around the world. More Info

UC Davis Western Institute for Food Safety and Security Agro-Terrorism Preparedness (WIFFSS)
We believe that the availability of safe food improves the health of people and is a basic human right. Our researchers are playing an important role in ensuring safe food and water for agriculture. More Info

California Fire and Rescue Training Authority (CFRTA) at Sacramento is a Joint Powers Authority ("JPA") comprised of three member agencies: California Governor's Office of Emergency Services– Fire and Rescue Branch, Sacramento Fire Department, and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District. One of the major goals of the JPA is to develop and manage a Regional Training Facility. More info

Federal Training Resources

FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) supports the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s goals by improving the competencies of the U.S. officials in Emergency Management at all levels of government to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the potential effects of all types of disasters and emergencies on the American people. More info

U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and National Fire Academy (NFA) are working to advance the professional status and expand the knowledge and skills of fire and emergency services personnel. Our free training and education programs support fire departments and emergency services organizations in preparing for, preventing and responding to fires and other hazards. More info

National Training Education Division (NTED) prepares state and local first responders to prevent, protect, respond to, and recover from manmade and natural catastrophic events. NTED draws upon a diverse group of training providers, also referred to as training partners, to develop and deliver NTED approved training courses. These training providers include the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC), the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC), and the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), among others. More info

National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC)
The National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) is a professional alliance sponsored through the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA National Preparedness Directorate. The NPDC is a partnership of several nationally recognized organizations whose membership is based on the urgent need to address counter-terrorism preparedness needs of the nation's emergency first responders within the context of chemical, biological, radiological, and explosive WMD hazards. At present, the NDPC forms the core of the NTED training program. Its members are responsible for training the majority of the responders who go through the NTED program. More info

NDPC members include:

CDP - Center for Domestic Preparedness located in Anniston, Alabama, is the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s only federally chartered Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) civilian training center. The CDP began operations in June 1998, and remains the only training center in the nation where civilian responders can train in a controlled toxic chemical agent, biological, and radiological environments. On March 31, 2007, the Noble Training Facility (NTF) was transferred from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) to the CDP. NTF is the only hospital facility in the United States dedicated to training hospital and healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response. More info

National Nuclear Security Administration/CTOS-Center for Radiological/Nuclear Training (NNSA/CTOS) Support delivers specialized training related to the detection, response, and mitigation of radiological/nuclear incidents, providing responders with hands-on experience in a controlled radiologically contaminated environment. CTOS is a one-of-a-kind outdoor laboratory and experimental center originally established as the Atomic Energy Commissions on-continent proving ground and has conducted more than four decades of nuclear weapons testing. More info

National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT) - Louisiana State University specializes in curriculum on biological terrorism agents and topics in the law enforcement discipline, including prevention and deterrence. The biological curriculum is based on completed and ongoing studies on agents, such as anthrax, through a bio-safety level 3 laboratory. More info
Texas Engineering Extension Service, National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (TEEX-NERRTC) was established in 1998 as part of the NDPC and approved in 2000 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a national disaster response center. The NERRTC's mission is to design, develop, and deliver training, exercises, and technical assistance for the nation's emergency responders. NERRTC combines traditional classroom work, small group instruction, field exercises, participant activities, case studies and vignettes, multimedia scenarios, and computer-aided training and exercise simulations to train individuals and jurisdictions. More info
The Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC) NMT - New Mexico Tech Institute of Mining and Technology provides specialized training that focuses on explosives and incendiary devices. This training includes controlled detonations of improvised explosives providing responders first-hand understanding of and experience with a range of improvised explosive devices from letter bombs to vehicle bombs. More info

National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) – University of Hawaii is authorized to develop and deliver training and educational programs related to homeland security and disaster management, with a specific focus on natural hazards, coastal communities, and the special needs and opportunities of islands and territories. The NDPTC actively engages internally with FEMA and the University of Hawai`i, as well as with external partners across the region to integrate the delivery of its trainings, products, and services. More info

Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC) is operated by the Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI), a subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Headquartered in Pueblo, Colorado, 21 miles northeast of Pueblo Airport, TTCI manages extensive track facilities, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, and a highly talented engineering and support staff to make TTCI the obvious choice for meeting your research and testing needs. We encourage you to explore our web site, learn more about us, and contact us to discuss how we can work together. More info

Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) , led by The Center for Rural Development, is a DHS funded program providing training and resources to rural first responders. RDPC courses are offered both in-person and online, and are provided at no cost. More information about the RDPC can be found in the overview. More info

Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Center for Homeland Defense and Security
The Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Executive Education Program (EEP) provides a wide range of tailored homeland security educational opportunities designed to help strengthen U.S. capability to prevent, deter, prepare for, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and public safety threats and to build the intergovernmental, interagency, and civil-military cooperation that homeland security requires. EEP offerings include customized Executive Education Seminars, which provide opportunities to deliver homeland security education in the classroom or on the road. More Info


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