Online Learning Center - Course Catalog 

The IAFF Online Learning Center provides many opportunities to expand your knowledge and understanding in a number of topics, such as, health and safety, hazardous materials, emergency response and labor relations.To get started, browse the course catalog below to find the one that is right for you. Use the register button to enroll.

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HazMatConfined Space IntroductionThe Confined Space Introduction course is an introductory course that covers the regulations that govern confined spaces and permit-required confined spaces. It reviews the definition of confined spaces and the inherent hazards, in addition, it details Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations Part 1910.146 - Permit-Required Confined Spaces. This course also serves as the prerequisite for the Confined Space Operations and Rescue instructor-led course.
HazMatERHM - Hazard RecognitionThe Hazard Recognition: Containers Shapes and Sizes Interactive course (NTED PER-365W) will provide you with the opportunity to learn how to identify different types of hazardous materials based on the packaging and the containers used to store and transport these materials in and around your community. This course also serves as the prerequisite for the Emergency Response to Hazardous Materials two-day instructor-led course (NTED PER-365).
HazMatERT: Ops - Intro to WMDsThe Emergency Response to Terrorism: Introduction to Weapons of Mass Destruction course provides an introductory overview of terrorism and terrorists, types of attacks and the vulnerability to these attacks. This course also serves as the prerequisite for the Emergency Response to Terrorism: Operations 8-hour Refresher instructor-led course.
HazMatHazardous Materials Awareness (ALERT)The HazMat Awareness course focuses on enabling participants to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to recognize and identify the clues that determine the presence of hazmats/WMDs. The goal of the course is to provide training for response to incidents involving shipments of crude oil, ethanol, and other flammable liquids by rail with a specific focus on providing hazardous materials training for volunteer or remote emergency responders. course is designed to be a prerequisite for the 16 hour IAFF First Response Operations program.
HazMatHazards & High Consequence IncidentsHazards and High Consequence Incidents (NTED PER-372W) is an interactive course that provides the user an opportunity to use resources to learn about hazards that may be present at high consequence incident. It also reviews what a high consequence incident is and where they can be found. This course also serves a pre-requisite to the High Consequence Incidents: Planning, Response and Recovery instructor-led course (NTED PER-372).
HazMatInstructor Educational MethodologyThe Instructor Education Methodology Training course consists of a downloadable student workbook and post-test. This program has been designed to provide a review of educational methodology regarding the knowledge, skills and attitudes you will need to be an effective trainer.This course also serves as a prerequisite to IAFF Train-the-Trainer courses.
Health and SafetyBehavioral Health AwarenessThe goal of the Behavioral Health Awareness course is to educate IAFF members on behavioral health issues encountered in the fire service. The course provides an overview of common behavioral health problems, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Use Disorders, available treatment options, and information on balancing work and life stressors. This course takes about 2 hours to complete. Successful completion of this course is a prerequisite for the in-person IAFF Peer Support Training.
Health and SafetyCancer AwarenessThe goal of the Cancer Awareness course is to educate IAFF members about their increased risk of developing occupational cancer in the fire service. The most prominent types of cancer that affect fire fighters will be identified. In addition, you'll review the top carcinogens in the firefighting environment and identify the major routes of exposure. Members are encouraged to adopt work practices to minimize/prevent exposure to occupational cancer hazards and to adopt healthy lifestyles to reduce their risk of developing cancer. It will also provide information on resources available to IAFF members and their families who are diagnosed with cancer.
Health and SafetyCode AwarenessThe IAFF Burn Foundation's Code Awareness course consists of 9 lessons, each one aimed at improving your understanding of how important it is that our building codes incorporate the knowledge gained from the experiences of our fire fighting community. At the end of these lessons, we hope you will volunteer to become involved in improving our building codes and enforcing those improvements in your own community. Since every community adopts its own set of codes, it is important not only to improve the national standards, but to get those standards adopted into law at the local level.
Health and SafetyFire Ground SurvivalThe goal of the Fire Ground Survival Awareness Course is to ensure that training for Mayday prevention and Mayday operations are consistent between all fire fighters, company officers and chief officers. This course is a comprehensive curriculum developed using near misses, close calls, and fire fighter fatalities to address critical elements of fire ground survival.
Health and SafetyResponding to the Interface Part 1The Responding to the Interface Part 1 training includes 10 one-hour online modules. The training program is designed to provide fire fighters and company officers a consistent basic understanding of safety, command and control, and strategy and tactics to use when defending structures from a wildland fire (defensive strategy) or suppressing a wildland fire in and around structures (offensive strategy). This course also serves as a pre-requisite for the two-day Responding to the Interface Part 2 instructor-led course.
Health and SafetySwine Flu: What First Responders Need to KnowThe Swine Flu: What First Responders Need to Know course reviews how, as a first responder, to protect yourself against the swine flu and how to prepare for a possible pandemic.
Health and SafetySwine Influenza: Test Your KnowledgeThis course provides basic knowledge of swine influenza prevention on the scene. It is important to refresh your knowledge of universal precautions in case of a pandemic.
Human RelationsLocal HR Committees: Staying Productive and EnergizedIn the Local HR Committees: Staying Productive and Energized module, you will learn how to put safeguards into place to ensure that your local human relations committee remains productive and energized.
NegotiationsCollective Bargaining: Preparing for SuccessPreparing and research is essential for archiving success in collective bargaining negotiations. The Collective Bargaining: Preparing for Success course will discuss how to prepare for these negotiations.
Politics and Public Relations Recruiting and Endorsing CandidatesLocal, state and federal political candidates seek to be endorsed by individuals as well as organizations. The endorsement of fire fighters is among the most coveted in today's political campaigns. This course focuses on candidate endorsement, but the principles can apply to referendum and/or ballot initiatives.
RetirementIntroduction to PensionsHaving and receiving a defined benefit pension upon retirement has been a hard fought battle. We must collectively fight against having this benefit negatively impacted or taken away. As a public employee and a public pension participant, it is important to understand the basics of public pensions. This module provides our members with an introduction of public pensions and the difference between DB and DC plans.
RetirementRetirement Fund Penalties EliminatedUnder the Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act of 2015 (effective January 1, 2016), public safety officers who separate from service at age 50 can immediately begin withdrawing funds from all of their employer sponsored retirement savings—both defined benefit and deferred compensation—without penalty. This course explores which types of fire fighter retirement savings are affected, and the background on the changes.
RetirementUnderstanding Public PensionsHaving and receiving a defined benefit pension upon retirement has been a hard fought battle. We must collectively fight against having this benefit negatively impacted or taken away. As a public employee and a public pension participant, it is important to understand the basics of public pensions. This module provides our members with an introduction of public pensions and the difference between DB and DC plans.
Union AdministrationBudgeting for Local UnionsNo matter how large or small your local is, as a union officer, you have an obligation to your membership to ensure that funds are properly accounted for and spent efficiently. Creating and using a budget is a proven way to plan your local's revenues and expenses. In this course, you will learn about the importance and steps of budgeting process.