The California Emergency Management Agency Training Division and the California Specialized Training Institute (Cal EMA / CSTI ) is considered the nation’s premier institution in the area of Hazardous Materials response training and education. CSTI is authorized under Government Code §8574.20 (e) to provide a single coordinated standardized curriculum which CSTI has developed to train and certify Hazmat outreach instructors. There are currently 2,000+ instructors certified under CSTI’S outreach program.
CSTI’S Hazardous Materials courses are comprehensive and exceed national training standards in the field of Hazmat response training. Standards for the Hazmat training program are found both in the Federal Code of Regulations and in the California Code of Regulations. Over 280,000 responders have graduated from CSTI courses since the program began in 1989.
Core courses include training in First Responder Awareness, First Responder Operations, Hazmat Technician, Specialist, Incident Commander, Hospital Medical Response Training, Assistant Safety Officer, WMD Technician/Specialist Terrorism, Industry Technician and General Site Worker. Specialized courses include, Rail Car Safety, Coroner Operations, Bomb Technician, and Mass Decontamination.