Here are the four levels of training as part of the DER program:
- Basic training for all volunteers will equip you to help your church in response to local and area disasters and emergencies. Most volunteers trained to this level will serve within a short distance from their home.
- Advanced training for Team Leaders and Coordinators will prepare you to take on a leadership role in the local area and national disasters and emergencies. With this training, you could be deployed outside of your direct area to anywhere within Canada where a severe emergency has occurred. You must successfully complete the basic training to be eligible for this course.
- Train-the-trainer for DER Coordinators will prepare you to offer training to volunteers at the basic or advanced levels within your conference. This course is reserved for DER Coordinators on an invitation basis only.
- Crisis Care training for Pastors and Elders will equip participants to provide emotional and spiritual support to people experiencing trauma from being involved in an emergency as a survivor or as a volunteer. This course is reserved for Pastors and Elders by invitation only.
Register with your area or conference DER coordinator to receive training on the national DER program. Stay informed about training events held in your area or your conference. Assist in the planning and implementation of training events. Attend training and become ready to serve as a DER Volunteer in response to local and area emergencies or be deployed elsewhere in the country in case of a disaster.