Training Opportunities & Important Dates

All KAERC volunteers will be required to complete training modules related to their role in emergency response and their position within the Incident Command Structure. The specific courses that each position is required to complete can be found on the position description page. This document serves as an overview on the different options volunteers can choose in completing these training courses.

KAERC Core Training Requirements:

All KAERC volunteers, regardless of their position, are required to complete five core training courses. These courses serve as an introduction to the KAERC program and form a foundation for the emergency response framework. Volunteers are required to complete these core training requirements within one year of acceptance onto the KAERC. Failure to complete these core training requirements within one year will result in a re-evaluation of the volunteer’s status on the KAERC, and could cause them to be ineligible for activation until the required courses are completed. There are two options for completing these core training requirements:

  1. Volunteers can attend a one-day training workshop taught by Kansas Department of Agriculture staff in which all five training modules will be covered and completed. These workshops will be taught on a rotating basis in locations across Kansas. Workshop dates can be found on the KDA Event Calendar (www.agriculture.ks.gov/news-events/calendar) or by emailing the KAERC program manager (david.hogg@ks.gov). Once a course has been completed, a copy of the completion certificate will need to be emailed to the KAERC program manager (david.hogg@ks.gov) to be added to the volunteer’s credential information.
  2. Volunteers may elect to complete the training courses independently through online independent study. If a volunteer chooses this method, please contact the KAERC program manager (david.hogg@ks.gov) for access to the KAERC Volunteer Orientation Training Module. The remaining training modules can be completed via the FEMA Independent Study website (https://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.aspx). Once a course has been completed, a copy of the completion certificate will need to be emailed to the KAERC program manager (david.hogg@ks.gov) to be added to the volunteer’s credential information.

KAERC Position-Specific Training Requirements

Most positions within the KAERC structure will require additional training to be completed for the volunteer to be considered fully qualified in the position. These additional training requirements can be found on each position description. Volunteers are encouraged to complete the position-specific training requirements within one year of acceptance on the KAERC. If an incident occurs before a volunteer has completed their training requirements, just-in-time training may be made available so that the volunteer is adequately equipped to fulfill their assigned position. Volunteers may be ineligible for activation if they fail to complete all required training prior to an incident. The position-specific training courses fall into two categories:

  1. FEMA Independent Study Courses — most position-specific training courses can be found and completed on the FEMA Independent Study website (https://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.aspx). These courses generally take from 1 to 4 hours to complete and can be accessed at the volunteer’s convenience. Once a course has been completed, a copy of the completion certificate will need to be emailed to the KAERC program manager (david.hogg@ks.gov) to be added to the volunteer’s credential information.
  2. Classroom Based-Training Courses — two position-specific training courses are available only in a classroom-based setting (“Animal Disease Response Training” and “Strengthening Community Agrosecurity Planning”). These courses are taught by certified instructors and are completed as one- or two-day workshops. Training dates can be found on the KDA Event Calendar (www.agriculture.ks.gov/news-events/calendar) or by emailing the KAERC program manager (david.hogg@ks.gov). Volunteers whose positions require these training courses will be sent reminders when a course is scheduled.

Signing Up for a FEMA Student ID Number

All KAERC volunteers will need to obtain a FEMA Student ID number to complete FEMA Independent Study courses and to receive certificates of completion. This process is outlined below:

  1. Go to the FEMA Student Identification System website (https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid).
  2. Click on “Register for a FEMA SID.”
  3. Fill out the webform to register for a FEMA SID.
  4. Your FEMA SID will be emailed to you — please save this Student ID number.
  5. Anytime you complete a FEMA Independent Study course, the site will ask for your FEMA Student ID number before you can take the final exam and receive certification credit.

Upcoming Training Dates

September 6th, 2017: Manhattan - Location TBD
October 5th, 2017: Wichita - Location TBD
November 8th, 2017: Garden City - Location TBD
December 18th-20th, 2017:  KDA IMT Exercise, Manhattan