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Professional Development

The Professional Development Committee assists COPIN members improve and maintain their skills through:

  1. Training
  2. Exercises and drills
  3. Credentialing

Through participation in each of these areas, members have the opportunity to learn and demonstrate their increasing level of skill in emergency communications  in a real or simulated crisis situation. 

Training will be available to members in a variety of settings and locations, including presentation-style, workshop and distance learning. Training sessions will be included during COPIN meetings and at other times, when available.

Exercises available to COPIN members may include those listed in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP). Those HSEEP-approved methods include drills, tabletop discussions or practical exercises (also known as functional or full-scale exercises). These events may be planned for COPIN exclusively or more often, as part of an exercise previously planned for other agencies.

Using industry-respected standards of excellence for training and actual experience, credentialing will provide members the ability to provide evidence of their professional accomplishments and development, and at the same time ensure that in a crisis members are confident in their ability to respond.

Training Opportunities

COPIN members can find online and in-person training opportunities listed on the Ohio Train Web site.