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Training & Resources

Throughout the academic year, the Office for Global Health, Safety, and Security and the Office of Education Abroad offer program directors the opportunity to enhance their health, safety, and security expertise by participating in seminars, workshops, information-sharing sessions, and specialized trainings.

Critical Incident Management Training

The Office for Global Health, Safety, and Security offers Critical Incident Management training for education abroad program leadership. All on-site program directors and assistants must complete this training annually.

Part 1: Complete the online module

Before participating in a live seminar, please complete the online training "Education Abroad for Program Directors" in Ability LMS (requires your MSU NetID). Once logged in, you should see a box on the far left-hand side called “My Requirements” and a link to the online module called “Education Abroad." It should take less than one hour to complete the online module. You may complete the module in one sitting or multiple sittings.

1) If you are already enrolled, Ability LMS will send you an email reminder when it is time to renew your training.

2) If you are not already enrolled and have an MSU NetID, please self-enroll in the online training module with this link. It will open in a new window and also prompt you to sign-in on a pop up screen.

3) If you do not have an MSU NetID, you can create an MSU Guest ID. Once your MSU Guest ID account is created, log in to the online module with the following:

MSU NETID: your full email address used to create the MSU Guest ID account
PASSWORD: the password you set when activating your MSU Guest ID account

Part 2: Attend a Zoom seminar

Below are the CIM training sessions that will be offered through May 31, 2024.  If your program departs before mid-June, please ensure to register for one of the following seminars. All seminars will be held on Zoom.

Friday, February 2, 2024
9:00 PM - 10:30 AM Eastern Time
Register for the February 2nd morning seminar

Tuesday, February 6, 2024
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time
Register for the February 6th afternoon seminar

Friday, March 29, 2024
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Eastern Time
Register for the March 29th morning seminar

Wednesday, April 24, 2024
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Register for the April 24th afternoon seminar

Tuesday, April 30, 2024
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Eastern Time
Register for the April 30th evening seminar

Monday, May 6, 2024
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time
Register for the May 6th afternoon seminar

Monday, May 13, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Eastern Time
Register for the May 13th lunch seminar

Monday, May 20, 2024
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time
Register for the May 20th afternoon seminar

Monday, May 27, 2024
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time
Register for the May 27th afternoon seminar


First Aid Training

MSU program directors and program assistants that lead a program that operates – at any point in time – 90 minutes or more away (by typical mode of transportation) from reliable, emergency medical care must have first-aid training. This mandate has been issued by the Risk and Security Assessment Committee (RSAC).

The cost of training should be built into program budgets. Program directors who seek training through the MSU Learning and Assessment Center (LAC) can have the cost direct billed to Education Abroad. If program directors seek training elsewhere, they must pay upfront and submit the receipt for reimbursement after the program ends during the reconciliation process. Heartsaver/First Aid/CPR training is recommended.

Contact Global Safety for more information about First Aid Training and RSAC's training mandate.