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EPA ICS Instructor Training - Adult Learning Methods

Category: Certified Instructor Training

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EPA ICS Instructor Training - ALM agenda
virtual EPA ICS Instructor Training - ALM agenda

Course Description:

This 1-day course is Part 1 of a two-part instruction plan designed for experienced EPA ICS practitioners to meet the FEMA recommendations and EPA requirements to become certified instructors of Intermediate and Advanced ICS (ICS-300/400) and EPA ICS Key Leadership Position (KLP) courses. 

This course provides participants 1-day (8 hours) of classroom training covering adult learning theory, classroom management, exercise creation, exercise conduct, and other material that will aid the new instructor in presenting ICS classes. 

Instructional methods include lecture, modeling, class discussions and exercises. Homework projects will be given, which participants must successfully complete within two weeks to receive course credit.

In Part 2, called a “Practicum”, participants will participate as an instructor trainee in the respective ICS-300/400 or KLP position course for which they have already become an experienced practitioner. Each instructor trainee will present at least one classroom lecture and facilitate as least one exercise during the course. The instructor trainee will observe and document the instructional and classroom management techniques of experienced instructors as well as be observed by them. A feedback session will be held at the end of each day of the course. 

Those seeking to obtain certification in multiple ICS courses need only take this 1-day course (Part 1) once, followed by completing the practicum portion (Part 2) for each ICS course of their particular interest.

This course is intended for EPA personnel with prior training and experience in Intermediate and Advance ICS (ICS-300/400) and/or an ICS Key Leadership Position and require adult learning methods training to meet the qualifications to become EPA-certified instructors.

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

Explain characteristics of adult learners

Define Trainer Qualities and Behaviors that Enhance the Adult Learning Process

Develop learning objectives

Explain how to develop training based on objectives

Demonstrate how to use media to enhance presentations

Explain how to obtain feedback from students to assess learning

Creating and using assessment tools

List some types of exercise and the advantages and limitations of each

Explain the importance of logistics and planning in conducting an exercise

Conduct an effective course exercise (to be done in the KLP course)

Explain how to manage a classroom environment

These two Virtual ICS Key Leadership Position (KLP) Instructor Training - Adult Learning Methods courses are being sponsored by the U.S. EPA Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to increase the numbers of qualified EPA-certified ICS-300/400 and KLP instructors nationwide, particularly among members of the U.S. EPA National Incident Management Assistance Team (N-IMAT).  

Therefore, while registration for these classes will be open, the ERTP Contracting Officer Representative (COR) reserves the right to adjust the final enrolled roster, from among both registered and waitlisted applicants, to reflect a target distribution of two slots per U.S. EPA region per class and up to six slots per class for allocation by the U.S. EPA National IMAT Coordinator.  Formal enrollment decisions will be confirmed by email 1 to 2 weeks prior to course delivery.

Enrolled participants will be invited to a separate voluntary “Acclimation Meeting”, which will be conducted prior to the class delivery to help ensure enrolled participants are able to successfully navigate the Microsoft Teams classroom environment and attempt to solve connectivity issues in advance, if possible.”

For more information, please contact the U.S. EPA National IMAT Coordinator: 

Steve Ridenour, U.S. EPA N-IMAT Coordinator