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FEMA Releases IS-265: Basic Instructional Skills Course


April 5, 2011


IS-265 - Basic Instructional Skills

FEMA has released a new online, independent study course designed for emergency managers who assist in teaching FEMA courses.

MEMA also recommends this course for any emergency manager who may need to make public presentations.

Course Description

The purpose of this 90-minute course is to prepare the participant to assist with State-delivered emergency management training. This course provides a foundation from which participants can develop or enhance their instructional delivery skills within a classroom setting. This course is not designed to teach how to design training. Rather, the focus of this course is how to present an existing lesson plan or training materials.

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. List the qualities of effective performance-based training.
  2. Describe the fundamental principles of adults learning.
  3. Identify the preparation steps for conducting a training session.
  4. Describe the quality of effective presenters.
  5. Distinguish between presentation and facilitation.
  6. Describe how interpersonal skills are applied in a training setting.
  7. Identify the techniques used to manage classroom interactions.
  8. Describe how to assess training and make continuous improvements.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to present a lesson plan.

Primary Audience

Members of Federal, State, tribal, or local training teams. Recommended for members of state and local emergency management teams who assist in the teaching of FEMA- or state-developed classroom training.



Course Length

The overall length of the course will vary for each individual. IS-265 takes approximately 90 minutes to complete.


EMI awards 0.2 CEUs for completion of this course.

IS-265: Basic Instructional Skills is available online from FEMA's Emergency Management Institute.



Mike Grant, State Training Officer, MEMA


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