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National Continuity Programs, Continuity of Operations

Click here to Register for the L550-COOP PLANNER'S TRAIN-THE-TRAINER WORKSHOP




The Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planner’s Workshop provides COOP training for Continuity Planners at the Federal, State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal levels of government. The workshop also provides training for private and non-government organizations. Federal Continuity Directive (FCD) 1 directs the Federal executive branch departments and agencies. This course offers guidance for non-government and government personnel in developing COOP Plans and Programs. COOP Plans facilitate the performance of essential functions during any situation which may disrupt normal operations. The goal of this workshop is to provide you with the tools and hands-on experience necessary to improve your departments’ or agencies’ Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans. This training includes a train-the-trainer module to equip planners to facilitate the course to others.


September 10-12, 2013 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.


North Carolina Central University
Whiting Criminal Justice Building
1801 Fayetteville Street

Durham, NC 27707


Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to do the following:

  • Assess your organization’s current continuity plan.
  • Relate the planning steps to each phase of continuity operations.
  • Identify key persons who should be included in the continuity planning process.
  • Identify areas requiring more detail in your current continuity plans and develop a strategy or strategies for resolving them.
  • Analyze the risks and vulnerabilities related to your primary facility and the selection of alternate facilities.
  • Revise or develop your organization’s continuity plans.
  • Develop a strategy for testing, training, and exercising your continuity plans.


  • IS-546.A: Continuity of Operations Awareness Course
  • IS-547.A: Introduction to Continuity of Operations

These Independent Study (IS) prerequisite courses can found at and by clicking on ISP COURSE LIST. 


Employees responsible for managing a Continuity of Operations Program. 

Applicants must obtain a FEMA Student Identification (SID) number if you do not already have one from the Center for Domestic Preparedness.

To register, go to


There is no cost for the training; however, the employee’s office, directorate or agency is responsible for all travel costs associated with this training.


Please submit a request to attend via email to to reserve a seat. Included in the email should be:

  • Name
  • Agency
  • Phone number
  • Email address

Upon receipt, you will receive a confirmation email with further instructions.

Information can also be accessed at

Class size is limited to 25.  A waiting list will be established and applicants will be contacted should there be any cancellations.

Please submit a completed FEMA Form 119-25-1 (formerly 75-5 (General Admission Application, August 2010) to the Lead Instructor on the first day of the class.

Applicants with special needs should contact


September 1, 2013


M. Chris Herring
Executive Director, Institute for Homeland Security &
Homeland Security
North Carolina Central University
(919) 530-5206

Click here to Register for the L550-COOP PLANNER'S TRAIN-THE-TRAINER WORKSHOP