Instructor Frequently Asked Questions


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Instructor Qualifications

How does one qualify to become an NDPTC instructor?

  • Prospective instructors must submit a resume so that NDPTC can review relevant work experience and subject matter expertise, as well as any experience in training/education.
  • Potential instructors must be familiar with the subject material. This means they must successfully complete the training for which they are interested in teaching.
  • If a prospective instructor is a good candidate for hire, a "teachback" will be scheduled. A teachback is the delivery of one or more modules to a target audience, alongside a certified instructor. The prospective instructor is then evaluated and hired or scheduled for additional teachbacks.

Compensation & Travel

How much will I be compensated for my time?


  • For one-day courses at a unique location, an instructor will receive 16 hours of compensation. This includes 8 hours for teaching, 4 hours for setup, and 4 hours for take-down after the course is over.
  • For one-day courses with multiple deliveries at the same location, an instructor will receive 4 hours for setup, 4 hours for take-down, and 8 hours per day of teaching.
What does NDPTC cover in terms of travel?

If an instructor must travel to the training location and it requires an overnight stay, NDPTC will pay for the instructor's airfare and lodging. Note: NDPTC is federally funded and all applicable rules and regulations must be followed in terms of travel.


What am I expected to wear when teaching a course?

NDPTC provides uniform shirts for all instructors. They are black collar shirts with a white NDPTC logo. Instructors are expected to wear these shirts to all courses they are teaching, and tuck them in. Instructors are representing NDPTC as well as the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA. They should be neat and professional in appearance.

Am I expected to take equipment with me when I travel to a training site?

Typically all materials required for the course -- including computer equipment, projectors, handouts, etc. -- are shipped in pelican cases directly to the training site or to the host agency. If NDPTC requires your assistance regarding training equpiment or materials, you will be notified ahead of time.

Aside from teaching the course, what am I expected to do for each course delivery?

Instructors must become familiar with:

  • How to setup and use any equipment that the course requires. This may include a laptop computer, a projector, microphone, and iClickers (applies to the AWR-228 training only).
  • How to use software such as Microsoft Powerpoint and how to navigate presentation slides.
Are there any other requirements or expectations of NDPTC instructors?

Instructors represent NDPTC, DHS, and FEMA. Oftentimes, host agencies in other states are coordinating training for large groups of emplolyees. We expect NDPTC instructors to maintain a professional attitude and demeanor in the classroom and with participants.

Online Access to Course Information

I'm about to teach a course, what information do I have access to for the class?

For upcoming courses, instructors have access to:

  • Logistics, including date, time, location, information pertinent to the training site, and any course requirements for the attending participants.
  • All required deadlines that apply to participants, such as the registration deadline, the Pre-test deadline, etc.
  • All reading material for the course.
  • The class roster, including participant name, discipline, and Pre-test score (if the Pre-test was done online).
  • A summary of Pre-test responses (for courses that have the online Pre-test enabled). This helps the instructor to understand the level of knowledge of the material that will be presented, or to know which topics may require more detailed discussion in class.
What information do I have access to for past courses I have taught?

For past courses, instructors have access to:

  • Summary results, including how many participants passed or failed the course.
  • The final class results for each participant, including individual Pre-test and Post-test scores.
  • The course evaluation results.

Other Online Features

Am I required to update the calendar of availability?

Updating your availability via our website helps NDPTC in scheduling future courses. We recommend instructors keep their availability up-to-date as much as possible.

Am I required to provide a bio?

A bio is required of all certified instructors. The information is made available for participants interested in taking NDPTC courses. Instructor bios are viewable under the "Instructors" tab.

General Course Information

What do participants/students receive during the course?

NDPTC provides participants with all the course materials they will need. Materials include, but are not limited to:

  • Participant handout -- a hardcopy of the Powerpoint slides with space to take notes
  • Participant guide -- available in digital form for download from our website
  • Supplemental materials -- as applicable to the course
  • An NDPTC pen
How do participants obtain the participant guide?
  • For certified courses, participant guides are available for download from our website. Note: Participants are not required to print or bring the participant guide to class. In addition, participants may download the guides to their own laptop computer or tablet device and bring that to class.
  • For non-certified courses, participant guides are provided in the course either via CD or USB drive. They are not posted on our website until the course has been certified and assigned a course catalog number by FEMA.

Are instructors allowed to give out the Powerpoint presentation?

Instructors may provide PDF versions of the Powerpoint presentation to participants.

Technical Information

How do I use the iClicker (for AWR-228)?

For general instructions, click here for the PDF guide.

What do I do if the tool to advance the slides doesn't work?

Please check to ensure there are batteries in the device. If not, an extra set of batteries are typically included in the packaging. NDPTC utilizes models that are equipped with a removable USB drive that connects directly to the computer. Try to remove the USB drive from the device and insert into an appropriate port on the computer. Turn ON the presenter (typically a switch on the side of the device). You may have to wait a moment for both units to connect.

Forms - Registration, Pre-Test, Post-Test & Course Evaluation

Are the registration forms required?

NDPTC has online registration so that participants can register for courses prior to the start of class. Paper registration forms are only required if a participant shows up to the class but has not registered online.
Is the Pre-test required for all participants?

Yes. NDPTC must report data to FEMA for all course deliveries. Either the online Pre-test must be completed, or a paper Pre-test must be submitted.

Is the Post-test required for all participants?

Yes. NDPTC must report data to FEMA for all course deliveries. Either the online Post-test must be completed in class, or a paper Post-test must be submitted.

Are the Course Evaluations for participants mandatory?

Evaluations are optional, however, NDPTC appreciates receiving feedback from participants as it helps to improve the course and any future deliveries. Instructors should encourage participants to submit evaluations as much as possible.

Can the Course Evaluations be done online if a participant doesn't complete them in class?

Online Evaluations must be "enabled" for the specific course delivery before participants will be able to submit an evaluation online. Please contact NDPTC staff to make this option available.

Are the Course Evaluations anonymous or can it be tied to a specific participant?

Evaluations are anonymous. The NDPTC system has a flag to know whether a participant took the evaluation or not. However, when an evaluation is submitted, it cannot be linked to a specific person. The flag is simply to know who can take the evaluations online or not, but no identifying information is stored with the evaluations. For this same reason, evaluations submitted in error cannot be deleted for a specific participant.

After Action Report

What is the After Action Report?

The After Action Report is a brief form completed by an instructor after completion of the course. The form provides NDPTC with valuable feedback from the instructor regarding coordination of course materials, logistics, the training facility, and instructor dynamics during deliveries.

Who reviews the After Action Reports?

NDPTC coordination staff review After Action Reports upon completion of a delivery for information regarding equipment failure, facility issues, and other information that may help to improve our training delivery efforts in the future.

Returning Forms & Equipment

Once the course is over, what do I do with all the NDPTC forms?

NDPTC is required to report data to FEMA for all course deliveries. Therefore, instructors are responsible for ensuring that all forms submitted by participants are returned to NDPTC. This includes any hardcopy registration forms, the Pre-test answer sheets, the Post-test answer sheets, and the Course Evaluation forms.

Once the course is over, what do I do with all the NDPTC equipment?

Instructors are responsible for ensuring that all equipment is packed properly in the pelican cases it was originally transported in. All relevant instructions will be provided to the instructors prior to the course start date.