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|: General||FAQs: PER-354 WMD|
Q. Do you offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for all of your courses?
A. No. Continuing education units (CEUs) are only offered to students in the PS/PRD Course Train-the-Trainer (PER-243-1).
Q. How much does this training cost?
A. CTOS provides this training at no cost to state, local, and tribal agencies.
Q. Where is the training held?
A. CTOS has mobile training teams that deliver courses at your agency’s training facility. CTOS resident training is conducted at the Nevada National Security Site near Las Vegas, Nevada.
Q. How do I request mobile training at my jurisdiction?
A. Contact the CTOS Mobile Training Coordinator at email@example.com or call (877) 963-2867 and request mobile training information.
Q. How do I register for the Resident Training Courses?
1. Fill out a registration form, obtain appropriate signatures, and send it to your State Administrative Agency (SAA) for approval. Each applicant’s SAA must review and approve the registration form before submitting it to CTOS.
2. CTOS registration staff will assist with the rest of the process.
Q. Do I need to bring any equipment with me when attending the CTOS Training Courses?
A. No. Everything needed for training is provided.
Q. What is the dress code while attending the CTOS Training Courses?
A. Seasonal clothing within good taste is appropriate. Shirts with sleeves, long pants, and closed-toe shoes are required during course instruction.
Q. Are CTOS courses certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)?
A. Yes. All CTOS mobile, resident, and web-based training courses are certified by DHS.
Q. Are CTOS instructors certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)?
A. Yes. All CTOS instructors must complete the DHS Instructor Certification program.
Web Campus FAQs (Additional FAQs can be found on the Web Campus FAQs page)
Q. How to get started on the CTOS Web Campus (using example course AWR-140-W)?
1. Log into your account at www.nts-ctos.com
2. Select the "course catalog" located at the upper left of the screen.
3. Select the "show" link located to the right of the WBT AWR-140-W online course description.
4. You should see four links on this next page . . . 1.0 Pre-Test, 2.0 WBT, 3.0 Post-Test, and the AWR-140-W Evaluation.
5. Begin 1.0 Pre-Test, 2.0 WBT, then 3.0 Post-Test, and then the Evaluation.
After you complete all modules in the 2.0 WBT you can go back to this screen and select the Post-Test and the Evaluation to finish the course. Your transcript will show completed. You can also print your certificate.
Q. How can I get a copy of my training certificate?
A. Go to the CTOS Web Campus at www.nts-ctos.com. Sign in, select account info, click on the transcript link. There you will find the hyperlink to the classes you have completed. Select the class you are looking for and then select print certificate.
PER-354 Response to Radiological/Nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents FAQs
Q. Is the HazMat Operations Course certified by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)?
Q. Is there a pre-requisite to attend the HazMat Operations Course?
A. Yes. You are required to complete the AWR-140 Introduction to Rad/Nuc WMD Operations Course. This pre-requisite can be completed by accessing the on-line version in our web campus, select the course catalog, and click on the “show” link listed to the right of the AWR-140-W class title to get started.
Q. Is the HazMat Operations Course just for HazMat Technicians?
A. No. There are more than 10 professional disciplines, as well as the private sector and citizens eligible to attend the course. Information can be found on our Resident Courses page.
Q. What is the cost to attend the HazMat Operations Course?
A. This training is free to eligible (non-federal) participants. All CTOS courses are fully funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Q. Do you offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the HazMat Operations Course?
A. No. Continuing education units (CEUs) are only offered to students in the PER-243-1 Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector Train-the-Trainer course
Q. How do I register for the HazMat Operations Course?
A. Fill out a CTOS Resident Courses Registration Form, obtain appropriate signatures, and send it to your State Administrative Agency (SAA) for approval. Each applicant's SAA must review and approve the registration form before submitting it to CTOS.
Q. A group of people I work with want to attend the HazMat Operations Course together. Is this possible?
A. Yes. If your State POC approves everyone to attend, then the CTOS registration staff will help coordinate an available date for everyone to attend.
Q. How will I know if I have been approved to attend one of your courses?
A. Once CTOS receives your approved application from the State POC, we will notify you via email with directions to complete the final paperwork.
Q. Will CTOS pay my salary or overtime while I am attending the HazMat Operations Course?
A. No. Your agency is responsible for your salary and manning coverage.
Q. Do I need to bring any documents with me when attending the HazMat Operations Course?
A. You must bring a valid government issued photo identification.
Q. Do I need to bring any equipment with me when attending the HazMat Operations Course?
A. No. Everything needed for training is provided.
Q. What items should not be brought with me while attending the HazMat Operations Course?
A. Do not bring firearms or other dangerous weapons. Any device with the capability of audio/video or data recording is prohibited. Items such as cameras, audio recording devices, etc. will not be allowed at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). For more information refer to the prohibited items list.
Q. Can I bring cell phone and laptop computers?
A. Yes. Cell phones and laptop computers with picture/video recording capability are authorized at the NNSS. However, camera and audio recording functions must not be used at any time.
Q. What is the dress code while attending the HazMat Operations Course?
A. Seasonal clothing within good taste is appropriate. However, shirt with sleeves, long pants, and closed-toe shoes are required during course instruction at the NNSS.
Q. Where will I be staying while attending the HazMat Operations Course?
A. Hotel accommodations for Sunday & Thursday night are provided in Las Vegas, NV. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening you will stay at the NNSS dormitory.
Q. Will I have to share a room with others while attending the HazMat Operations Course?
Q. Do we get to keep our rooms in Las Vegas during our entire visit?
A. No. You will check-out of the Hotel early Monday morning before departing for the NNSS.
Q. When attending the HazMat Operations Course, what time does the bus get back to Las Vegas on Thursday?
A. Estimated arrival is 5:00 p.m. PST depending on traffic.
Q. Do the dormitory rooms at the NNSS have telephones?
A. Yes. However, a calling card is required to make long distance calls.
Q. Is there internet access available at the NNSS?
A. Yes. WiFi capability is in all dorm rooms and the Mercury cafeteria.
Q. How do I get there and who pays for the travel costs when attending the HazMat Operations Course?
A. Travel arrangements will be coordinated and paid by CTOS. Expect to travel to Las Vegas on Sunday and depart on Friday. Certain conditions and restrictions apply (US Territories excluded).
Q. I'm traveling from a US Territory, how will my travel be arranged?
A. Travel from Guam is coordinated through the SAA. The SAA will contact Travel Bag, Inc. to start the travel arrangements. CTOS will review the preliminary itineraries Travel Bag, Inc. provides, once it is approved by CTOS, Travel Bag, Inc. will book the flights. Travel from Saipan, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico is booked by the student attending and will be reimbursed after the class has concluded. Ticket costs over $1000.00 will have to be approved by the CTOS Travel Coordinator prior to purchasing the ticket.
Q. Can I extend my stay or arrive a few days early when attending the HazMat Operations Course?
A. Yes. You will be responsible for all additional costs (i.e. the difference in airfare, hotel, etc.) and making the arrangements related to your extended stay. Make note of any extended stay or early arrivals on your Travel Questionnaire and our Travel Coordinator will contact you for further details.
Q. Can I bring my spouse or a guest when attending the HazMat Operations Course?
A. Yes. However, guests are not authorized to stay at the NNSS. You will be responsible to make and pay for the travel/hotel arrangements for your guest. Make note that you want to bring a guest on your Travel Questionnaire and the Travel Coordinator will contact you regarding your options.
Q. Can I drive my personal vehicle (POV) to Las Vegas and to the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS)?
A. Yes. Some students may be eligible to drive to Las Vegas, certain conditions and restrictions apply. If POV travel is preferred, contact CTOS registration staff for information. CTOS will require you to leave your vehicle at the hotel in Las Vegas while you are at the NNSS. All transporation to and from the NNSS is provided by CTOS.
Q. When are the flight arrangements booked?
A. Flights are booked 30 to 45 days prior to your class start date.
Q. How will I receive my airline ticket?
A. You will not receive a paper ticket. The Travel Coordinator will send your itinerary/e-ticket via email. Print the itinerary/e-ticket and have it with you to obtain your boarding pass.
Q. After my flight arrangements are made can I change my airline tickets?
A. You are not authorized to change your ticket. If a change is required, you will be responsible for any additional expenses incurred. Contact our CTOS Travel Coordinator for further details.
Q. Are airline tickets transferrable?
Q. How do I get from the airport to the hotel?
A. Check the Shuttle Schedule for additional information.
Q. What do I need to do if I cannot attend the course as originally planned?
A. Please contact the CTOS Registration Desk via email or call (877) 963-2867 immediately.
Q. What kind of PPE, if any, will be used during the HazMat Operations Course?
A. Tyvek contamination suits and face masks (note: students will not be in a contaminated atmosphere).
Q. Do I need to shave my beard and/or mustache when attending the HazMat Operations Course?
Q. What other costs are covered?
A. At the conclusion of the class, you will receive a reimbursement check in the mail which covers partial per diem for your travel days, meals in Las Vegas, and a baggage fee (when applicable). CTOS will only pay for the first checked bag (please provide receipt at class check-in). Overweight baggage fees will not be reimbursed.
Q. What amenities are available at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS)?
A. There is a lounge with a pool table, ping pong table, etc. and a small fitness center with very limited exercise equipment (stair stepper and a couple of treadmills) that is open 24/7. There’s also a quarter mile running track.
Q. Is alcohol allowed at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS)?
A. Yes. Alcohol is allowed on site with restrictions. It can only be consumed at the Mercury cafeteria or in your dorm room. Open container law applies. The Nye County Deputy Sheriffs can and will issue citations if caught with alcohol anywhere else on site.
Q. How often can I re-take the PER-354 for refresher training?A. A responder can re-take the course a minimum 3 years after his/her last course completion date.