PC 201 - Train the Trainer


PC 201 - Train the Trainer (T3) is an unclassified course designed to provide prospective instructors the philosophy, media, methods and processes for conducting the Planners Course 101 (PC 101).  The purpose of the course is to develop and certify instructor candidates to become competent in teaching the PC 101.  This course is conducted by certified instructors with practical planning experience and is supported through the DHS Office of Policy; Office of Strategy, Plans, Analysis and Risk (SPAR), the DHS Chief Learning Officer and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Category:  Professional Skills

Learning Outcomes: Students attending the course will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competencies in providing instructor led training including for the PC 101
  • Describe philosophy behind the Department Planners Course Series
  • Develop and implement a lesson plan
  • Demonstrate the ability to team teach a portion of the PC 101 material

How Learners are Assessed:  Observation of practical exercises and feedback is based on the PC 201 Competency Skills Indicator Checklist

Eligibility/Requirements:  At this time, priority for the training is given to DHS employees.  Individuals employed by another Federal Government Agency will be registered whenever space is available.  If you have any questions, contact the Course Registrar at learn@alisinc.com.

Course Prerequisites:  In order to attend the Train the Trainer 201, participants are required to:

  • Receive their supervisor's nomination.
  • Have successfully attended and graduated from the Planners Course 101
  • Have successfully completed the Train the Trainer 201 Pre-work module and received a confirmation from the Course Registrar to attend the course.
  • Review the Planners Course 101 materials two weeks prior to attending the Train the Trainer 201 course.
  • Possess an eagerness to learn new skills and improve their professional development and public speaking skills.


  1. Each participant is encouraged to complete the following online courses accessed through the FEMA EMI Independent Study website:  IS 100, 200, 700, and 800B.
  2. Prior to attending the Train the Trainer 201, participants are encouraged to read the current versions of the following documents:
  • Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-5 and HSPD-7
  • Presidential Policy Directive-8
  • Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG ) 101.


Course Dates and Times:
September 11-14, 2018       (8:30-4:00)

Location:  Abrams Learning & Information Systems - 2800 Shirlington Road Suite 1100 Arlington VA 22206; or DHS Training Center- 90 K Street NE, Suite 1250   Washington DC 20002

Cost: None

Technology Requirements:  Participants are strongly encouraged to bring laptops and air cards for lesson plan development.  Participants will benefit greatly from the HSIN website.

IACET CEUs:  2.6

Registration and Learner Support Services:  To register for this course and access learner support services, email your request to:  mark.denis@associates.hq.dhs.gov.  Please use Train the Trainer in the subject line, and include your name, agency, email address and a contact number. 

You will be provided with a Prerequisite Checklist and Signature Page via email, which must be completed and returned to the Course Registrar.