Training | Homeland Security (2023)

Offered by government agencies, our Training Resources page provides a list of resources where First Responders can obtain training on a wide range of topics including but not limited to bioterrorism, emergency preparedness, and suicide prevention.

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
Since 2000, schools of public health have played an essential role in reaching and teaching the public health preparedness workforce through research, education and training. SPH collaborate with governmental and non-governmental agencies to prepare for and respond to all hazards events including bioterrorism, emerging infectious diseases, and environmental threats.

Bureau of Justice Assistance National Training and Technical Assistance Center
The mission of BJA is to provide policy leadership and assistance that supports criminal justice systems in the effort to achieve safer communities. Established in 2008, the BJA National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) promotes that mission by serving as a major source of justice-related training and technical assistance (TTA) information and resources to improve criminal justice systems nationwide.

CDC Emergency Planners and Responders Resources and Training

CDC Preparation and Planning for Bioterrorism Emergencies
The Centers for Disease Control offers training resources related specifically to bioterrorism agents, including anthrax, botulism, plagues, smallpox, viral hemorrhagic fevers and more.

Chemical Emergency Information for First Responders
Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control for local responders providing help in chemical emergencies, including initial responses to letters, packages, or containers containing suspicious powders, liquids, or other materials, medical management, ER procedures, and managing hazardous materials.

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CTOS Center for Radiological Nuclear Training
CTOS conducts performance-based training through resident courses at the NNSS or by mobile training teams (MTT) at local jurisdictions preparing responders to take immediate, decisive action in preventing or responding to terrorist use of a radiological/nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). CTOS trains over 20,000 First Responders annually. 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.

DHS Training and Exercise
Various training and exercise programs offered throughout DHS.

Disaster Information Specialization
The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center have developed a “Disaster Information Specialization” composed of a Basic and Advanced level courses. The online continuing education courses are free to anyone in the disaster response or information professions.

Emergency Preparedness for All Hazards and Guidebook
The Centers for Disease Control provides resources that are intended to help professionals take an all-hazards approach to emergency preparedness.

Emergency Preparedness for Natural Disasters and Severe Weather
The Centers for Disease Control provides tools, trainings, and education in response, cleanup and safety that are intended to help professionals in natural disaster occurrences, including earthquakes, extreme heat and cold, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and more.

Emergency Use Authorization Training
An online course developed by the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness
FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), located in Anniston, Alabama, is the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s only federally chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training center.

FEMA Emergency Management Institute Course Listings
FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Courses and Schedules.

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FEMA National Preparedness Exercises
Our goal is to help states, cities, towns and villages gain an objective assessment of their capacity to prevent or respond to and recover from a disaster so that modifications or improvements can be made before a real incident occurs.

First Responder Training
FirstResponderTraining.gov serves as a central access point to validated, G&T-approved Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training and information for First Responder disciplines.

HHS ASPR Public Health Emergency website

HHS ASPR Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange

Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program
The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program is a capabilities and performance-based exercise program that provides a standardized policy, methodology, and language for designing, developing, conducting, and evaluating all exercises.

Hydrogen Safety for First Responders
Introduction to Hydrogen Safety for First Responders from the Department of Energy is a Web-based course that provides an awareness level overview of hydrogen for fire, law enforcement, and emergency medical personnel. This multimedia tutorial acquaints first responders with hydrogen, its basic properties, and how it compares to other familiar fuels.

Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Training
This training will provide the participants a comprehensive overview of IEDs. The course will include IED anatomy, types, response guidelines, and history.

International Association of Fire Fighters
The IAFF encourages its members to continuously build their skills and knowledge in their roles as fire fighters, paramedics and union leaders.

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Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization
The MLADisaster Information Specializationprovides training and recognition for librarians and others who rely on information for their work in disaster preparedness and response.

National Center for Forensic Scientists
Upcoming Training Opportunities of Interest to the Forensic Science, Law Enforcement, and Public Safety Communities.

National Counterterrorism Center
The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) was established by Presidential Executive Order 13354 in August 2004, and codified by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA).

National Disaster Preparedness Training Center
The NDPTC at the University of Hawaii provides high quality disaster training to ensure that island communities throughout the Pacific are ready and able to respond, recover, and reconstruct after catastrophes.

National Domestic Preparedness Consortium
The NDPC is a DHS training partner providing high-quality training to emergency responders throughout the United States and its territories under NDPC's Homeland Security National Training Cooperative Agreement.

National Fire Academy Education and Training
U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) for National Fire Academy (NFA) Students and Instructors.

National Preparedness Directorate National Training and Education
The National Preparedness Directorate (NPD) online Course Catalog provides searchable, integrated information on courses provided or managed by FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), Emergency Management Institute (EMI), and National Training and Education Division (NTED).

Radiological and Nuclear Terrorism Mass Casualty Training
Online course from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designed to teach physicians and nurses how to respond locally to mass casualties with potential radiological injury.

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Ready.gov Campaign
The Ready Campaign asks individuals to do three key things to prepare for the unexpected: get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, and be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.

Red Cross Information About Types of Emergencies
The Red Cross can help you prepare your family, your pets and your home for common emergencies and natural disasters. Read below for information about emergencies that can occur where you live, and learn the difference between a "watch" and a "warning". Get tips for preparedness steps you can take today, what to do in an emergency, and how to repair and rebuild afterward.

Suicide Prevention Resources for First Responders
The National Institute of Mental Health provides information on the role of first responders in preventing suicide, helping suicide attempters, helping suicide survivors and helping yourself and fellow first responders.

The Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center
The Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC) at New Mexico Tech (NMT) is the consortium’s lead partner for explosives, live explosives, and incendiary devices training.

The National Center for Biomedical Research and Training
The National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT), Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education at Louisiana State University (LSU) provides courses that deal with Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), counter-terrorism, and high consequence events, for all disciplines including emergency management, law enforcement (including tactical operations), HazMat teams, public health, EMS, hospital, agricultural, and others.

The National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center
The NERRTC's mission is to design, develop, and deliver training, exercises, and technical assistance for the nation's emergency responders.

Transportation Technology Center, Incorporated
The TCCI offers advanced first responder training to government and private sectors in heavy freight operation, along with a new emphasis on security issues, passenger rail and infrastructure integrity research.

FAQs

How hard is it to get into homeland security? ›

Education & Training Requirements

If you do not have prior military or civil service experience, it can be difficult to break in to a homeland security agency. Many only consider prior service candidates and even those that don't are subject to veteran's preference.

What happens if EAD card is returned to Uscis? ›

Since USCIS' policy is to destroy EADs 60 days after USPS returns them to USCIS as undeliverable, you may then choose to request case assistance from the CIS Ombudsman.

What does it mean when you get a letter from homeland security? ›

These letters are one of the ways government agencies, in particular the F.B.I., can demand data from organizations in matters related to national security. They do not require prior approval from a judge, only the assertion that the information demanded is relevant to a national-security investigation.

How long does it take to get a homeland security degree? ›

Most full-time students take four years to earn a bachelor's degree in homeland security, which often requires around 120 credits. Some accelerated online programs allow students to graduate in less time.

What disqualifies you from joining homeland security? ›

PERMANENT DISQUALIFYING CRIMINAL OFFENSES

Treason or conspiracy to commit treason. A federal crime of terrorism as defined in 18 U.S.C. 2332b(g), or comparable State law, or conspiracy to commit such crime. A crime involving a TSI (transportation security incident).

What is the top salary for homeland security? ›

$99,391

Can I get a second job with EAD card? ›

As long as you have the intention to remain there indefinitely what you do on the side whether you start your own business and do another job I don't think it's relevant. The key here is to have an intention to continue working with the primary employer. More...

Can I work while waiting for replacement EAD card? ›

Processing time for a replacement EAD is 60-90 days. It is not possible to expedite the application. If you have your original approval notice from USCIS and your employer permits, you may continue working while your replacement application is being processed.

How long can you work after EAD expires? ›

Normally, DHS regulations provide for an automatic extension period of up to 180 days from the expiration date stated on the EAD.

Do I have to answer homeland security questions? ›

If you are a U.S. citizen, you need only answer questions establishing your identity and citizenship, although refusing to answer routine questions about the nature and purpose of your travel could result in delay and/or further inspection.

Can Homeland Security search your home? ›

If an agent detains you, you can ask for their basis for reasonable suspicion, and they should tell you. An immigration officer also cannot search you or your belongings without either “probable cause” or your consent. If an agent asks you if they can search your belongings, you have the right to say no.

What is the difference between USCIS and Homeland Security? ›

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plays a central role in administering the immigration system of the United States. Administration of immigration benefits is the responsibility of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Can you join homeland security without a degree? ›

While a degree is not always necessary to become a homeland security agent, it can provide you with a better chance of obtaining the job you want. Completing a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice can help you succeed in the hiring process. Other fields of study you may be interested in include: Homeland security.

What GPA do you need for homeland security? ›

All applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university preferably with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Or, in addition to a four-year degree, applicants must have credible work experience in a closely related field.

What degrees does homeland security look for? ›

A degree in homeland security – or Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, as it's also known – explores counterterrorism, crisis management, cybercrime, research and analysis, emergency disaster planning, and other topics essential to security and preparedness.

Do Homeland Security carry guns? ›

The Department of Homeland Security has approximately 72,000, armed agents and officers who are required by policy to carry a firearm as part of their assigned duties.

Is Homeland Security higher than FBI? ›

The FBI and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) are both federal-level law enforcement and investigative agencies. One is not “higher” than the other, just as Walmart is not “higher” than Target, or vice versa. Both have their spheres of influence and focus areas. FBI agents don't order around HSI agents.

What are the perks of being a Homeland Security agent? ›

DHS employees may be eligible to enroll in Federal benefits programs available to Federal employees, including healthcare, dental and vision coverage, life insurance, retirement savings accounts, long term care and flexible health savings accounts.

Is Homeland Security on the GS pay scale? ›

The Department of Homeland Security is in essence a merger of what used to be 22 separate federal law enforcement agencies with two different pay scales. The two pay scales are the GS scale and the Pay Band.

What is the highest paying occupation? ›

Highest-Paying Occupations
OCCUPATION2021 MEDIAN PAY
Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers$202,180 per year
AnesthesiologistsEqual to or greater than $208,000 per year
CardiologistsEqual to or greater than $208,000 per year
DermatologistsEqual to or greater than $208,000 per year
17 more rows
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Can I work for 2 companies at the same time on EAD? ›

So, if you are currently maintaining that job full time and doing all other jobs at the same time or you intend to return back to that job when your green card is approved you can actually have simultaneous jobs with several different employers.

Can I work 2 jobs on green card? ›

Green Card Holders

Green card-holders are subject to some rules and regulations, and in some cases, they may have to work their original job for up to a year. But after satisfying that requirement, they are free to work one job, two jobs, or more. Or you can opt not to work at all.

What happens if I work after EAD expires? ›

If the new EAD is not in hand at the time the previous EAD expires, the employee will be placed on leave without pay until the new EAD is received. If it takes longer than six weeks to receive the new EAD, the employee will be terminated but can be rehired once the new EAD is received.

Does EAD approval mean green card? ›

Unlike the green card-based EAD, the regular EAD refers to a nonimmigrant work permit and is not tied to a green card application process. There are three main categories that would make you eligible for this employment authorization card.

Is it illegal to work without EAD? ›

As a visa holder in the United States, you must have an EAD work permit to work lawfully. Failure to obtain authorization can lead to severe consequences that are long-lasting. Filing your forms correctly and on time before you start working is vital.

What is the current wait time for EAD card? ›

You can expect the completion of the EAD process within 60 to 90 days after you submit the requested evidence. You can expect a longer waiting time due to some factors, including the following: the number of applications USCIS receive.

Who qualifies for automatic EAD extension? ›

To be eligible for EAD automatic extension, you must be a visa holder in the automatic extension category. You must also have filed Form I-765 for an EAD renewal before your current EAD expires. Look at your current EAD to see if you qualify. Then, check your receipt notice, which USCIS should have sent to you.

How long does it take to get green card after EAD? ›

You Receive Permanent Residence

This usually takes 8 to 14 months after filing. If your application is approved, USCIS will mail your green card to you shortly after your adjustment of status interview. Once you have your green card, you no longer need the EAD card.

Can I work while my EAD is pending? ›

How long can I work while the H4 EAD renewal is pending? In general, you can work up to 180 days, while your H4 EAD is pending if you meet all the other general requirements. Also, from May 4th, 2022, H4 EAD holders get up to 540 days of automatic extension.

Can Homeland Security search your phone? ›

Weigh your risk

Unlike other law enforcement, border authorities don't need a warrant to search your device. They may conduct a basic search — in which they scroll through your device inspecting texts, photos or anything else they can easily access — even if they don't suspect you of wrongdoing.

Can you be denied entry with a green card? ›

Permanent residents may be denied re-entry to the United States if they don't have valid, unexpired proof of status. It happens every day. When seeking to re-enter the United States after international green card travel, you will need to present a valid, unexpired green card at the port of entry.

Can a U.S. citizen be denied entry back into the USA? ›

Citizens: You only have to answer questions establishing your identity and citizenship (in addition to customs-related questions). Refusal to answer other questions may cause delay, but officials may not deny you entry into the U.S. if you have established your identity and citizenship.

What is the 100 mile law? ›

Generally speaking, searches within 100 miles of the border are more permissible without a warrant than those conducted elsewhere in the U.S. The doctrine also allows federal agents to search people at border crossings without a warrant or probable cause.

Does Homeland Security monitor Facebook? ›

DHS will only collect information posted to the Facebook page that is necessary for the proper performance of official Department functions.

Can you go to Mexico with a warrant? ›

Pending charges. Travelers facing charges may not be able to travel to Mexico. Similarly, people with warrants and those on probation or parole will likely be denied entry.

Is Homeland Security like FBI? ›

Answer and Explanation: No, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is not part of the Department of Homeland Security. The FBI is an executive department, like Homeland Security, but it is an intelligence service and does not have a cabinet secretary.

Is FBI under Homeland Security? ›

As part of the homeland security enterprise, the FBI supports the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) mission by investigating threats and incidents which affect the security of protected computers and networks.

What do U.S. Immigration officers see on their screen? ›

Any criminal history you have. Your citizenship status. Employment information. Your phone numbers.

How long does it take to study homeland security? ›

Most full-time students take four years to earn a bachelor's degree in homeland security, which often requires around 120 credits. Some accelerated online programs allow students to graduate in less time.

Is it hard to get into homeland security? ›

Education & Training Requirements

If you do not have prior military or civil service experience, it can be difficult to break in to a homeland security agency. Many only consider prior service candidates and even those that don't are subject to veteran's preference.

How much do you make in homeland security? ›

The average US Department of Homeland Security salary ranges from approximately $35,448 per year for Facilities Assistant to $156,965 per year for Superintendent. Average US Department of Homeland Security hourly pay ranges from approximately $13.00 per hour for IT Technician to $53.46 per hour for Chief of Staff.

Is GPA important for FBI? ›

Minimum Qualifications

For most security and surveillance positions, you must have one of the following: A bachelor's degree or higher from a U.S.-accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Professional work experience performing analytical duties related to the collection and evaluation of information.

How do you get hired by homeland security? ›

Most Homeland Security jobs require U.S. citizenship and successful completion of a full background investigation and drug screening. Read the Job Announcement. The announcement will provide you with information about job qualifications, duties, salary, duty location, benefits, and security requirements.

Is a masters degree in homeland security worth it? ›

Although it is not required by every employer, having a master's in security studies will help your chances of landing higher-level security management jobs, compared to applicants who only have a bachelor's. One of the highest paying jobs in homeland security is a federal special agent.

What is the job of homeland security? ›

The Department of Homeland Security has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face. This requires the hard work of more than 260,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector.

What qualifications do I need for homeland security? ›

Most Homeland Security jobs require U.S. citizenship and successful completion of a full background investigation and drug screening. Read the Job Announcement. The announcement will provide you with information about job qualifications, duties, salary, duty location, benefits, and security requirements.

Is homeland security higher than FBI? ›

The FBI and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) are both federal-level law enforcement and investigative agencies. One is not “higher” than the other, just as Walmart is not “higher” than Target, or vice versa. Both have their spheres of influence and focus areas. FBI agents don't order around HSI agents.

Is a homeland security degree useful? ›

Homeland security professionals work to keep the nation and its people safe from national threats such as terrorism, natural disasters and public health crises. Career opportunities can include emergency management, information security, infrastructure protection, intelligence analysis, law enforcement and many others.

Is a homeland security degree good? ›

They work directly with law enforcement organizations to find the most at-risk areas and will take action against threats when they see them. Homeland security graduate degrees are an excellent foundation for these professionals. The average salary for intelligence analysts is close to $70,000 annually.

What do homeland security police do? ›

Description. The Federal Protective Service is a branch of the Management Directorate and a component of the DHS, functioning as the police force of the Secretary of Homeland Security. The FPS is responsible for policing, securing and ensuring a safe environment in which federal agencies can conduct their business.

What crimes does HSI investigate? ›

HSI utilizes these authorities to investigate a wide array of transnational crime, including: terrorism; national security threats; narcotics smuggling; transnational gang activity; child exploitation; human smuggling and trafficking; illegal exports of controlled technology and weapons; money laundering; financial ...

What agencies are in the Department of Homeland Security? ›

Operational and Support Components
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) ...
  • United States Coast Guard (USCG) ...
  • United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) ...
  • Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) ...
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ...
  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)
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Is CIA under homeland security? ›

However, much of the nation's homeland security activity remains outside of DHS; for example, the FBI and CIA are not part of the Department, and other executive departments such as the Department of Defense and United States Department of Health and Human Services and they play a significant role in certain aspects of ...

Is homeland security like the military? ›

Whereas the Department of Defense is charged with military actions abroad, the Department of Homeland Security works in the civilian sphere to protect the United States within, at, and outside its borders. Its stated goal is to prepare for, prevent, and respond to domestic emergencies, particularly terrorism.

Who is higher than the CIA? ›

The NSA is led by the Director of the National Security Agency (DIRNSA), who also serves as Chief of the Central Security Service (CHCSS) and Commander of the United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) and is the highest-ranking military official of these organizations.

What is the difference between a criminal justice degree and a homeland security degree? ›

Criminal justice degrees prepare students for careers in the field of law enforcement and public safety, while the field of homeland security involves more than law enforcement and adjudication.

Can you apply to the FBI without a bachelor's degree? ›

All FBI agents must hold a bachelor's degree at minimum, and many possess a master's degree or higher. FBI agents often earn degrees in fields such as criminal justice or political science, though the Bureau does not maintain any specific academic major requirements for applicants.

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