Well trained volunteers improve their community's health and save lives.
All MRC volunteer training is free and available in-classroom, online, video conference, and web conference delivery methods. Some trainings provided continuing education credits.
MRC Orientation is required for ALL volunteers, but additional training requirements may vary by unit. Training topics include emergency management systems, mental health preparedness, bioterrorism response, disease investigation, first aid and CPR. There are advanced training requirements to serve as mass fatality response, epidemiology investigation, community health worker and vaccination team members. Statewide MRC trainings are offered via web or video conference, featuring recognized subject matter experts on a variety of topics pertinent to the MRC.
It’s our goal for you to be trained and ready when you’re needed.
Contact your local coordinator to learn more about specific training requirements and opportunities in your area.
As a Virginia MRC volunteer, there are many online training opportunities available to you at any time and can be completed at your own pace. You just need access to the internet. This course catalog and helpful tips will help you get started!
How do I get to TRAIN? Type in your internet browser https://va.train.org
Do you have an account? MRC volunteers who have approved accounts in the Virginia Volunteer Health System either had an existing TRAIN account or one was automatically created for them. There is no need for you to create an account.
Don't know your log in information? You can go to the training section in VVHS and you should see it there. If you haven't logged in before or cannot remember your password, please DO NOT register again. Just click on “Can't Log In” and enter your email address. TRAIN Virginia will send you your log in information.
Below are a list of recommended online courses the available to Virginia Medical Reserve Corps volunteers:
IS 700 Introduction to the National Incident Management System (NIMS) (REQUIRED)
TRAIN Course ID: 1078831
Course Description: This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provide a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents. Note: MRC Volunteers must first register for a FEMA SID after launching the course in TRAIN. The FEMA SID will be used to access the Final Exam.
Time: The overall length of the course will vary for each individual. IS 700A takes approximately 3 hours.
IS 100.C: Introduction to the Incident Command System (REQUIRED)
TRAIN Course ID: 1078825
Course Description: ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Note: MRC Volunteers must first register for a FEMA SID after launching the course in TRAIN. The FEMA SID will be used to access the Final Exam.
Time: 3 hours (including final exam)
Psychological First Aid
TRAIN Course ID: 1022214
Course Description: PFA online is now available on the NCTSN Learning Center! PFA online includes a 6-hour interactive course that puts the participant in the role of a provider in a post-disaster scene. Note: MRC Volunteers are required to create an account with The National Child Traumatic Stress Network before having access to the course.
Time: 6 hours
Contact Tracers Training Plan
TRAIN Course ID#4468
Course Description: This training plan is for contact tracers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. This training plan includes 3 modules with additional resources. Modules include: Module 1: Intro to VDH and Required Policies, Module 2: Contact Tracing 101—Intro to COVID-19 and Contact Tracing, and Module 3: Contact Tracing 102—Sara Alert.
Case Investigators Training Plan
TRAIN Course ID#4479
Course Description: This training plan is for case investigators responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thisplan includes 4 modules with additional resources. Modules include: Module 1: Intro to VDH and Required Policies, Module 2: Contact Tracing 101—Intro to COVID-19 and Contact Tracing, and Module 3: Contact Tracing 102—VEDSS and Sara Alert.
Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers
TRAIN Course ID: 1091152
Course Description: Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers is a 4-part entry-level interactive on-demand training developed by ASTHO & National Coalition of STD Directors. This training focuses on building knowledge for remote contact tracing; a subsequent release will include a module on field services. Note: Print or download the Completion Certificate and send a copy to your unit MRC Coordinator.
Time: 3hrs 15mins
CEU/CME: None Completion Certificate: Yes
Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. MRC volunteers are vital in promoting health for citizens in the Commonwealth.
Public Health 101
TRAIN Course ID# 1059661
Course Description: This course introduces learners to the mission of public health and key terms in the field.
VDH:Overview of VDH for Medical Reserve Corps
TRAIN Course ID# 1090907
Course Description: Are you new to Virginia Dept. of Health? Learn more about the MRC in this overview. The Virginia Dept. of Health has over 41 different programs. These programs all contribute to and promote the well-being of all Virginians.
VDH Protecting Confidentiality Training (HIPAA)
TRAIN Course ID#1032033
Course Description: Learn more about who the policy applies to and when it applies.
What information is confidential? Understand the key components of VDH Confidentiality policy.
VDH: “Behind the Scenes of an Epi Outbreak: Ebola” (Archived)
TRAIN Course ID: 1062714
Course Description: “Behind the Scenes of an Epi Outbreak: Ebola” is an on-demand videoconference that explains how Virginia responded to the Ebola outbreak. This informative session is great for volunteers who may work in shelters, Point-of-Dispensing (POD) or anyone who just wants to know how Virginia responds to an Epi outbreak.
VDH: An Introduction to Isolation and Quarantine
TRAIN Course ID: 1021694
Course Description: It is important for health department employees to understand how isolation and quarantine could be used to protect the public from the spread of dangerous contagious diseases. This presentation provides a brief overview of isolation and quarantine and outlines the Virginia Department of Health’s strategy for invoking and enforcing Virginia’s isolation and quarantine laws.
Time: 14 minutes
Required: Epi Response Team Members
Interviewing Techniques Medical Reserve Corps Training, Module 3
TRAIN Course ID: 1046958
Course Description: This training discusses the methods of interviewing during an outbreak investigation, including standardization of interviews, interviewer training, interviewing techniques and confidentiality.
CEU/CME: .92 Certificate of Attendance
Caring for Older Adults in Disasters: A Curriculum for Healthcare Professionals (7 Modules)
TRAIN Course ID: 1059666
Course Description: Training for educators and trainers of a wide range of health professionals who may work with the older adult population. This curriculum consists of 7 modules that focused specifically on issues in disaster health related to the care of older adults.
Time: 30 to 120 mins per lesson
Assisting a Deaf Person
TRAIN Course ID: 1049319
Note: Course is being reviewed and may not be accessible
Course Description: Training consist of videos on giving support to a deaf person
Assisting a Blind Person
TRAIN Course ID: 1049319
Note: Course is being reviewed and may not be accessible
Course Description: Training consist of videos on giving support to a blind person
MRC-VDH- Cultural Sensitivity Consideration in Emergency Preparedness & Response
TRAIN Course ID: 1058247
Course Description: Interactive webinar will discuss how to assess who is in your health district, cultural considerations in preparedness training and how to engage partners in outreach.
Time: 1.5 hrs
VDH-It’s about Salud (Health) Understanding Virginia’s Hispanic Population
TRAIN Course ID: 1059426 (Day 1)
Course Description: This course will provide Virginia’s Department of Health employees with training how to develop and deliver culturally competent, and therefore more effective, communication and services to our Hispanic population.
Time: 2 hrs