Telecommunicator Certification TrainingThe Division of Statewide Emergency Telecommunications (DSET) is responsible for providing training and certification of Telecommunicators according to Connecticut General Statute Sec. 28-30.
(a) Any individual seeking certification, who is currently employed as a public safety telecommunicator, shall be certified by the DSET upon successful completion of a state approved telecommunicator training program and the successful completion of a probationary work test period as verified by the employer.
Telecommunicator Certification Requirements
(b) Any individual not currently employed as a public safety telecommunicator or private safety telecommunicator shall be certified by DSET upon his or her appointment as a public safety telecommunicator up to one (1) year after successful completion of a state approved telecommunicator training program and the successful completion of a probationary work test period as verified by the employer.
(c) Any individual who, by reason of experience or specialized training, submits evidence of competence in the performance of telecommunicator training standards as set forth in section 28-30-7 of state regulations may apply for a Written Acknowledgement of Achievement from DSET.
Prerequisites for Admittance to the Telecommunicator Training Program
Applicants must pass the following National Incident Management Systems online courses in order to apply for the Telecommunicator training program. All classes are available free of charge at
NIMS Online Training.
- IS-5.a (An Introduction to Hazardous Materials)
- IS-100.c (Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100)
- IS-242.b (Effective Communication)
- IS-700.b (An Introduction to the National Incident Management System)
- IS-951 (DHS Radio Interoperability)
Once on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website, click on Independent Study, click IS Course List. From here you can scroll thru the classes to find the ones listed above. After selecting the course, to begin the training, click on Interactive Web Based Course under Take This Course.
There is an exam at the end of each course. Upon successful completion of the tests, you will receive emails from the Emergency Management Institute at FEMA notifying you that you have passed. Within 1-2 business days, you will receive an email with a link to create your electronic certificate. Print the Certificate of Achievement, and send a copy with the Telecommunicator Training application form.
If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact DSET at (860) 685-8155.
Enrolling in a State Training Program
- Candidates must be employed by a Public or Private Safety Agency to be admitted to a state-approved training program.
- Employers provide candidates with a registration form that is completed by both the employer and the student.
Public Safety Telecommunicator Training Schedule
The Telecommunicator Class is currently being held in-person. Contact DSET for more info.
- Business Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Office: (860) 685-8080
- Fax: (860) 685-8362
- Email: DSET@ct.gov
Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Division of Statewide Emergency Telecommunications
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, CT 06457