Structural Collapse Specialist - Computer Based Training

9P2630 - 8.00 Hours


  • FP  9P2630  8
    No cost


This eight-hour online Computer-Based Training (CBT) course is intended to provide Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Task Force Personnel with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform Structural Collapse Specialist (SCS) functions for a US&R team during a disaster or a planned event.  Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to successfully describe the duties and responsibilities of an SCS on a US&R team, and be able to take part in the Instructor-Led Training component of the Structural Collapse Specialist course. 


This CBT course is the prerequisite that must be completed before students can attend the Structural Collapse Specialist (Technician)-Instructor-Led Training course, which is 80 hours of face-to-face course taught over eight days.  The structural Collapse Course - Instructor-Led Training course is 9P2631.

Course Completion Requirements

In order to complete this course, you must have:

  • Internet connection (broadband connection recommended)
  • Preferred web browser, is Google Chrome.  Other web browsers (i.e, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari, etc.) will work.  To prevent issues during your online class, be sure that your web browser is updated to the latest version available.
  • The current version of Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash loaded on your computer.


Module 1 - Safety+Module 2 - Medical Considerations+Module 3 - Structure Size Up+Module 4 - Tools+Module 5 - Shoring+Module 6 - Breaking, Breaching and Burning+Module 7 - Lifting and Moving+Module 8 - Incident Action Plan

Suggested Audience

This course has been developed for the city, state and federal US&R responders.  The target audience also includes all emergency responders from municipal and industrial agencies tasked with conducting structural collapse rescue.

Participants include emergency responders from the following disciplines/services:

  • Search and Rescue Personnel
  • State Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) members
  • US&R Task Force Members
  • Structural Collapse Response Personnel
  • Fire Department Members
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Law Enforcement (LE)
  • Industrial Firefighters (IND
  • Army and Air National Guard (ANG)
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civilian Support Teams (WMD-CST)
  • CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Packages (CERFP) Teams
  • Homeland Response Forces (HRF)
  • County, State, and Federal First Responders
  • Public Health and Health Care Workers

Continuing Education & Professional Credits

  • 1.2 CEUs

Contact Information

Phone: 9794585636 | Tollfree: (866) 878-8900
Emergency Services Training Institute


TEEX is the National Contract Training Provider for the FEMA National Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) System and this course was developed under the contract for US&R Personnel.  This CBT course is the same curriculum utilized for courses taught to the FEMA National US&R Systems.

TEEX has provided training to National US&R and SUSAR task forces since 1998 and your department can be confident that training provided by TEEX will meet credentialing and validation requirements because TEEX adheres to all of the requirements set forth by the FEMA US&R Program Office.

© Copyright 2018 Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
A member of the Texas A&M University System