CHDS delivers three Radiological Emergency Preparedness Executive Education Program offerings:

In-residence REP
Early Career Education Program

The Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Early Career Education Program is a unique opportunity for REP professionals who are in the early stage of their career. The program provides an educational forum and innovation lab for participants to explore emerging trends in the world around us in technology, society, and terrorism. Participants will discuss both the challenges associated with these complex trends as well as the opportunities to rethink how we protect our communities and the nation. In addition, program sessions will assist participants in emerging strategies for implementing innovative ideas, being a leader, and for a successful REP career. All costs associated with participating – tuition, books and travel – are covered by CHDS through its sponsor, the FEMA Technological Hazards Division.


Program Objectives

  • Enhance the next generation of Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) leaders’ understanding of the REP discipline and emerging trends.
  • Broaden participants’ REP perspectives and what they view as opportunities for change and contributions their generation can make to the evolving discipline.
  • Emphasize and enhance critical inquiry, analysis, and evidence-based research to understand complex problems and to develop and implement new ideas.
  • Develop and explore strategies for success in a changing work environment.
  • Inspire participants to a career in radiological emergency preparedness.


Learning Structure

  • Single four-day in-residence session held at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.
  • The cohort of participants will be chosen from a national applicant pool and will reflect the variety of professional backgrounds and geographic areas that comprise the REP community.
  • Sessions are a mixture of interactive and informative presentations, discussions and group exercises.
  • A significant part of the REP Early Career Education Program includes an innovation lab for participants to research and develop an idea for change within their organizations (e.g., new policy, approach, program, procedure, system, use of technology, etc.). Participants will work collaboratively during the lab. CHDS staff will be available to assist with the drafting of individual innovation plans.
  • As part of the program, participants will present their ideas to their agency leadership for consideration and feedback following the in-residence session.


Selection Criteria

  • Full-time government employee of a local, state, tribal, territorial, or federal homeland security/public safety agency or a private sector employee with radiological emergency preparedness responsibilities.
  • Preferred, but not required, less than 12 years total full-time work experience (including, all non-radiological emergency preparedness full-time jobs, but not counting high school, post high school, temporary or college jobs), at least one year (approximately) with current agency or organization. (Interested applicants with considerably more than 12 years of full-time work experience should consider applying to the REP Executive Education Program, CHDS Master’s Degree Program or the Executive Leaders Program.)
  • A demonstrated commitment to a career in radiological emergency preparedness.
  • Applicants should have strong collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills and an appreciation for continuous education and professional growth.
  • Applicants should enjoy learning through interactive activities.
Application Deadline February 18, 2022
In-residence (IR) June 13-17, 2022


Center for Homeland Defense and Security
(831) 656-3829