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Training Program Design M0576

Training Specialist

Daniel Newland

Delivery type

Online - Instructor Led

Continuing education units


ACE recommendation

In the upper-division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in curriculum development.

This is an online course taught by an instructor with multiple students. Lessons, activities and communication are taught asynchronously through NFA Online, allowing students to complete course work on their own time. Assignment completions have assigned time frames, and all course participants are expected to connect with each other and the instructor 2 or more times per week.

"Training Program Design" is a 6-week, online, instructor-led course offered to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to design and develop effective training programs. Based on what students learn in the course, they will identify a training need in their own department/agency and create a Course Design Document (CDD) based on that need as their end-of-course final assignment. The weekly assignments build on each other to create the CDD. Students progress through each week's materials at their own speed. Students will be assessed based on weekly discussion board topics, weekly assignments, a post-test and the CDD.

The goals of this course are for students to apply and use an accepted instructional design process and develop a design document for their own course. The information and experiences provided in this course will enable students to meet specific objectives. As a result, students will:

  • Develop a comprehensive instructional design plan for a training program needed in their local fire department or organization.
  • Conduct a needs assessment based on information from their department.
  • Conduct a job task analysis of the tasks required to master the skills being taught.
  • Write a course goal and develop 2 terminal objectives and at least 2 enabling objectives for each terminal objective.
  • Outline course content.
  • Plan appropriate evaluation strategies and identify instruments to measure student progress, course effectiveness and instructor performance.
  • Select appropriate and effective instructional methods and learning activities to facilitate achievement of objectives.
  • Select or develop instructional materials and media to support the lessons.


Pre-course materials and course syllabus

Course Syllabus: PDF 384KB

The primary audience for this course is any person responsible for the design and development of training and education programs for fire, emergency medical services, emergency management and other emergency services-related fields.

The primary audience typically includes training officers and course designers, life safety educators, field training officers, and training program course designers.

  1. Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online.
  2. Fire instructor I or equivalent basic instructor training program for your primary discipline.