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Course Description

PER-263 - Respiratory Protection: Program Development and Administration (RP)

The Respiratory Protection: Program Development and Administration course formerly known as, WMD Respiratory Protection, is a two-day course providing an overview of the history of respiratory protection; seminars on how to read, understand, and apply code of federal regulation standards relating to respiratory protection; and hands-on practical exercises utilizing the responder’s knowledge and skills in performing qualitative and quantitative fit testing with respiratory protection devices with the ability to interpret the test results. As part of the 16 contact hours for this course, the trainer/administrator will learn how to develop, implement, and sustain an individual respiratory protection program for his/her department and/or jurisdiction.

Course Objectives:
  • Discuss the history and early techniques of respiratory protection
  • Discuss how to determine the applicability of the standards to specific emergency response disciplines
  • Discuss the applicability of respiratory protection to the first responder awareness, operations, and technician levels
  • Discuss compliance requirements for the use of each level of respiratory protection equipment
  • Discuss items needed to ensure adequacy, maintenance, and cleanliness of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Describe the regulatory standard for respiratory protection
  • Identify the minimum requirements for employee medical evaluations
  • Identify and demonstrate cleaning and disinfecting procedures for respirators
  • Identify the employer requirements for providing employees with the following equipment: Air-Purifying Respirators (APR), Air-Purifying Escape Respirator (APER), Supplied Air Respirator (SAR), Powered Air-Purifying Respirator (PAPR), and Self- Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), and breathing gases of high purity
  • Identify RPP evaluation requirements under 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.134

How this course is offered:

This course is offered as both a resident course in Anniston AL. or a locally delivered course.  It is also offered in combination with the Hands-On Training for CBRNE Incidents (PER-262).  Go here for more details on the combination class.

Training Application Process
Step 1 (Obtain FEMA SID Number)

  • You will need a FEMA Student Identification (SID) number to apply for CDP training.
  • Visit the FEMA Student Identification website to register for or retrieve your FEMA SID number. Once you have your FEMA SID continue on to step 2.

Step 2 (Create CTAS Account)

Step 3 (Search and Select Offered Training)

  • Search for training on the Resident Training section of the CDP Website.
  • Click the “Register for this Program” button for the desired training program. You will be directed to the CDP Training Registration System (TRS) electronic application site.

Step 4 (Complete Application)

  • Log in to the CDP TRS with your FEMA SID number and password.
  • If you were directed to TRS from the CDP Website the training program/course information will be pre-populated. If a different program/course is desired, click the link to return to the training calendar.
  • Select up to three preferred training dates then review and complete all required information. Note: Once you have submitted an application in TRS the system will save and pre-populate your application with the information on your previously submitted application.
  • Click the “Review and Submit Application Now” button.

Step 5 (Review, Finalize and Submit Application)

  • Review summary of application and attach any required documents.
  • Click the “Submit Application” button. You and your supervisor will receive an email confirming your application was successfully submitted. You and your supervisor will receive auto-generated emails with application status updates throughout the remainder of the application process.
  • Your application will be processed by the respective State/Territory/Tribal Training Coordinator and CDP Regional Coordinator. Monitor your email and TRS for updates and application status.

Who to Contact

  • For training application and related questions or issues contact CDP Student Services at or 866-213-9553.
  • For log in, access and technical system questions or issues contact CDP Help Desk Support at or 866-213-9699. Hours of operation are Mon. – Fri. 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Central.
  • If you are unable to apply for CDP training via TRS and need an alternative to apply, contact your respective CDP Regional Coordinator.

Prerequisites & Other Information:
To be eligible to attend RP, candidates must be an employer-designated respiratory protection program administrator with requisite knowledge of the subject and purpose of the course content.


No tuition is charged.

Course Specifics

Hours: 24.00
Provider: Center for Domestic Preparedness
Disciplines: Emergency Medical Service
Health Care
Fire Service
Emergency Management
Public Health
Law Enforcement
Public Safety Communications
Public Works
Government Administration

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