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.
HazMatDrug-Related Incidents ResourcesThe Drug-Related Incidents Resources site is a companion site to the Responding to Drug-Related Incidents: Licit and Illicit Drugs and Drug Labs course. The site provides materials that are discussed in the class as well as many other available resources. In addition, we have included “Test Your Knowledge” options as well as related videos. Even if you haven't taken the Responding to Drug-Related Incidents course feel free to sign up to take advantage of these valuable resources.
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 IAFF Peer Support Training. IAFF Peer Fitness Trainers (PFT) can acquire 0.3 continuing education credits (CECs) for completing this course. Relevant information will become available upon completion.
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 SafetyFire Ground Survival AwarenessUpdated in 2021, the 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. It also serves as a pre-requisite for the Fire Ground Survival Train-the-Trainer course.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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