Training and Exercise

The Training and Exercise Unit coordinates the delivery of courses in the field for primarily county and first responders. The Training and Exercise Unit serves the training and exercise needs of Division staff and members of the State Emergency Response Team (SERT), which includes representatives of the state agencies and other organizations that staff the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC).


  • SERT TRAC  - State Emergency Response Team Training Resources and Activity Center is the statewide emergency management learning management system
  • Visit to browse a calendar for upcoming training opportunities
  • Create a profile to apply for courses and manage your emergency management training experience


The original Advanced Professional Series (APS) course lineup was established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on November 27, 2001, to motivate and challenge students to continue emergency management training.

The APS provides Emergency Managers and First Responders the ability to perform essential work in a disaster that requires skills in emergency operations and management. These skills are developed through the series of courses that offers “how to” training focused on practical information. This series emphasizes applied skills in disaster operations, management and coordination.

On December 31, 2018, the Advanced Professional Series program was transferred to states for administration. Each state now issues their State Advanced Professional Series Certificates.

Required Courses

G2300 Intermediate Emergency Operations Center Functions

G191 - Incident Command System/Emergency Operations Center Interface, or E/L449 ICS Train the Trainer*

G557 - Rapid Assessment Workshop,

G205 - Recovery from Disaster, the Local Government Role, or E210 Recovery from Disaster, the Local Government Role*

G393 - Mitigation for Emergency Managers or G318 – Mitigation Planning for Local Governments

Elective Courses (choose any 5)

G288 - Local Volunteer and Donations Management

G364 - Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools, or L363 Multi-Hazard Planning for Higher Education*

IS703.a or IS703 - NIMS Resource Management, (Independent Study) E/G202 - Debris Management Planning for State, Local and Tribal Officials* G386 - Mass Fatalities

G361 - Flood Fight Operations

G108 - Community Mass Care and Emergency Assistance G358 - Evacuation and Re-entry Planning

G290 - Basic Public Information Officers, or E388 Advanced Public Information Officer* or E/L952 All Hazards Public Information Officer*

G271 - Hazardous Weather and Flood Preparedness, or IS271 - Anticipating Hazardous Weather and Community Risk, (Independent Study)

G272 - Warning Coordination

E/L/K 146 - Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) G235 - Emergency Planning

E/L/G 0141 Instructional Presentation and Evaluation Skills or MGT323 Instructor Development Workshop

* All substitute E or L courses are subject to the Approval of the State Training Officer.

APS Course Application Process

  • APS courses are classroom delivered courses unless otherwise noted.
  • APS courses are delivered through State Emergency Management Agencies.
  • Please review SERT TRAC ( for a schedule of offerings.

Requesting a Certificate of Completion

Students who complete the 5 required courses and any 5 of 14 elective courses are eligible to receive the Advanced Professional Series Certificate of Completion from the state.

Requests for the certificate of completion must be sent to State Training Coordinator, Mindy Dowling ( for verification. Include a copy of a completion certificate of each course completed.



State Training and Exercise Officer – Linda McWhorter
Office #: (850) 815-4301

Training & Education Specialist – Lyle Briggs
Regions 1 & 2 and 3 Training Coordinator
Office #: (850) 815-4363

Training & Exercise Specialist Ivy Baker
Region 5 & 7 Training Coordinator
Office #: (850) 815-4306

Training & Exercise Specialist – Richard Knowles
Recovery Training Coordinator (FEMA"G" courses)
Region 4 & 6 Training Coordinator
Office #: (850) 815-4307

Training Specialist – Mindy Dowling
DHS Training Coordinator
Advanced Professional Series (APS) Requests
Office#: (850) 815-4302

Training Specialist – Vacant

Training Specialist – Vacant

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