Professional Development - Indian River State College
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Professional Development

The School of Continuing Education coordinates continuing education courses and trainings for professionals in criminal justice, fire science, emergency medicine, emergency administration and management, and more. 

Business & Finance Courses

Through IRSC’s SCE Human Resources courses, students with enhance their HR knowledge and effectiveness. Topics covered include:

  • Key pieces of federal legislation on sexual harassment, age discrimination, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and more.
  • Promotes a consistent understanding of HR function to non-HR management.
  • Professional development for divisional or departmental supervisors to ensure HR compliance.
  • Develops a common dictionary of HR terms for the entire organization

SHRM-CP/SCP
The SHRM certification shows your knowledge, competency, and value to colleagues and employers looking for a competitive edge in today's global economy. Wherever your career takes you, your SHRM certification will define you as an HR expert and leader.


SHRM Essentials of HR Management
SHRM, the leading global HR professional organization, has developed the SHRM Essentials of Human Resources course, which teaches the HR knowledge, skills, and competencies required for overall business success. Whether you are new to HR or its many roles you fulfill your company, this course covers the key HR topics you need to know.


 

FL Real Estate Appraiser Pass Prep Course (RE001)
After successfully completing the state-required pre-licensure material, register for this course which is designed to follow the format of the pre-licensing exam. Required Text at additional cost.

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CE Fundamentals of Health Insurance (insCE002)
Overview of the health insurance industry and the elements of traditional health insurance. Intermediate Level (Can be applied to the 2-15, 2-18 and 2-40 licenses). 

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40 Customer Service Representative Pass Prep (INS012)
Subjects covered thoroughly include all the Florida General Lines and Customer Service Representative Manual. Reference Text is available at an additional cost.

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Computer & Technology Courses

Excel-Basic to Intermediate
This class covers everything from beginning to intermediate Excel.


Excel-Advanced
This advanced class focuses on tables, pivot tables, macros, formulas, and functions to perform calculations on cell data. Formulas, when designed well, can make a spreadsheet most useful and efficient. Create 3-D Charts and use functions and features such as VLOOK, COUNT, IF, DATE, and NOW.


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Fundamentals of Fiber Optics
This self-paced online course provides a practical, real-world perspective on the fundamentals of fiber optics technology and optical data communications. Students will learn about components of fiber-optic links such as transmitters, optical fiber, and receivers. Students will also learn about total internal reflection, types of optical fibers, connectors and splices, and various types of measurements (visual fault locators, optical loss test set, and optical time-domain reflectometry).

Prerequisite: Intro to Photonics


Geometrical and Physical Optics
This self-paced online course introduces students to the principles of geometrical and physical optics applied in the fields of electronics, instrumentation, telecommunications, and biomedical equipment. Students will learn how to manipulate light using mirrors and lenses. They will also investigate interference through single and double slits, pinholes, and diffraction gratings. Finally, students will be introduced to the basics of laser construction and principles of laser operation.

Prerequisite: Intro to Photonics


Introduction to Photonics
This self-paced online course covers the fundamental principles of light, the behavior of light in different environments, light generation, and light manipulation. Students will learn about basic optical tools and components used in photonics labs. They will also learn to the most current laser safety standards and requirements.


Laser Systems and Applications
This self-paced online course introduces advanced concepts of laser construction and operation. Students will investigate the principles and operation of gas lasers (HeNe), ion lasers, semiconductor lasers, fiber-optic lasers, and Nd:YAG lasers. They will also learn advanced techniques such as Q-switching, mode-locking, wave division multiplexing, etc.

Prerequisite: Intro to Photonics


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Fire Courses

Indian River State College's School of Continuing Education and Fire Academy offer multiple advanced fire courses in partnership with specialized companies. You must be a certified firefighter to take these courses.

FLUSAR Rope Rescue Operations
This advanced fire 40-hour course introduces the rescue professional to the skills and equipment necessary to safely and efficiently resolve situations that require the use of rope and related equipment. This course meets or exceeds the general requirements for NFPA 1670 Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Rescue Incidents, Awareness and Operations Level for Rope Rescue. You must be a certified firefighter to take this course. Offered in partnership with the National Rescue Consultants.


FLUSAR Rope Rescue Technician
This advanced fire 40-hour course is designed to train rescuers in high-angle rescue recovery. This course meets and exceeds NFPA 1006 Chapters 5 & 6.2. The student will be trained in troubleshooting areas, rope systems, anchor systems, raise/lower techniques, stoke basket operations, high line operations, pick-off techniques, knot passing, and rope theory. Emphasis will be placed on safety, raising, lowing patient packaging, belay operations, as well as moving a victim in high-angle environments. Offered in partnership with the National Rescue Consultants. 

Pre-requisite: FLUSAR Rope Rescue Operations


FLUSAR Trench Rescue Ops & Tech
This advanced fire 40-hour course meets or exceeds the general requirements of NFPA 1670 "Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Rescue Incidents," Trench Rescue, Awareness, Operations, and Technician Level. Regulations and standards outlined in OSHA 1926, and NFPA 1006, "Standard for Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications," Trench Rescue will be explained and applies. This program will address: Scene Management and implementation of trench rescue emergency action plan; collapse indicator recognition and scene safety surveys; atmospheric testing & monitoring, ventilation, and de-watering operations; shoring system construction and installation, including lumber screw-jacks, and pneumatic systems; construction of load stabilization systems; intersecting trench rescue operations; patient access, packaging, and extrication techniques. Offered in partnership with the National Rescue Consultants.


To Register for Classes, please contact:

Sara Peterson
Program Coordinator
School of Continuing Education
Massey Campus (Ft. Pierce)
speterso@irsc.edu
(772) 462-7940

Aerial Operations ATPC 703
This advanced fire course includes classroom lecture and plenty of practical exercises are conducted in the principles of hazards which may be present during aerial operations. This course will include exercises in the principles, safe use, and tactical placement of aerial apparatus. Offered in partnership with the National Rescue Consultants.


Fire Protection Hydraulics & Water Supply
This advanced fire course provides a foundation of theoretical knowledge in order to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection and to apply hydraulic principles to analyze and to solve water supply problems. In addition, the curriculum covers pump theory, pump rating, and pressure and vacuum gauges. You must be a certified firefighter to take this course. Offered in partnership with the National Rescue Consultants.


Apparatus Operations
This advanced fire course covers the laws, rules, and driving techniques for emergency vehicles. There will be a practical portion of this course that includes fire ground evolutions using pre-connected lines, tandems pumping, drafting, relays, and master streams. Students must bring gloves and proper attire for water pumping exercise. After successful completion of this course and FFP 1301, students will be eligible to take the State Pump Operator certification exam through the Florida State Fire College. You must be a certified firefighter to take this course. Offered in partnership with the National Rescue Consultants.


To Register for Classes, please contact:

Sara Peterson
Program Coordinator
School of Continuing Education
Massey Campus (Ft. Pierce)
speterso@irsc.edu
(772) 462-7940

Advanced Rescue & Survival School
This advanced fire course is a three-day program designed for firefighters and company officers who desire a high paced, data-driven, and realistic training program focused on self-rescue, firefighter survival, aggressive and proactive RIT/RIC operations, maintaining situational awareness, and understanding the psychology and physiology of a firefighter mayday. You must be a certified firefighter to take this course. Offered in partnership with the National Rescue Consultants.


Hybrid Hazmat 160
This class details the planning, response, and mitigation of hazardous materials. This class will be customized to pay special attention to hazardous materials currently being manufactured and transported in your local communities. Students will be educated on equipment, chemicals, processes, and hazards associated with responding to hazmat incidents. The information contained in the lecture, presentation, and hands-on practical is gained from first-hands, real-time knowledge encountered during the response to hazmat incidents. This hybrid course offers all of the same specifics as the standard 160 Hour Hazmat Technician Course while dividing the class into two parts: online and hands-on. You will find the online, lecture portion, a better fit for those with more demanding schedules. This convenience demands self-reliance for the number of tasks at hand to be completed at specified deadlines. This class meets all of the requirements to sit for the state of Florida's Hazardous Materials Technician exam.

Pre-requisite: Operations Level Hazmat


Live Fire Training Instructor
This course is designed to deliver a comprehensive live-fire training program, within a safe and controlled environment, in accordance with NFPA 1402, NFPA 1403, and NFPA 1500. Both lecture and practical will be used allowing participants to apply knowledge of the above standards to training activities.

Pre-requisite: FFII certified and current Fire Service Instructor 1


To Register for Classes, please contact:

Sara Peterson
Program Coordinator
School of Continuing Education
Massey Campus (Ft. Pierce)
speterso@irsc.edu
(772) 462-7940


 

Health Science Courses

Through our non-credit health science courses, students will be able to gain industry certifications and, in some cases, CEUs.

American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR (AHA BLS-CPR)
Indian River State College (IRSC) is an authorized training center for the AHA. We offer the AHA’s BLS (CPR and AED) Program. This course can be used for an initial certification or re-certification.

Who Should Take The Course
Healthcare professionals, first responders, and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in a wide variety of in-facility and pre-hospital settings.

Course Covers:

  • New science and education from the 2020 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC
  • The components of high-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
  • The AHA Chain of Survival for pre-hospital and in-facility providers
  • Important early use of an AED
  • Effective ventilations using a barrier device
  • Importance of teams in multi-rescuer resuscitation and performance as an effect team member during multi-rescuer CPR
  • Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (chocking) for adults and infants

The course fee includes the required pocket mask and your certification eCard upon successful completion of the course. The BLS Provider Manual (ISBN: 978-1-61669-768-6) is an AHA requirement for the course and not included in the course fee. The IRSC River Shop Bookstore carried this required book.


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Legal Courses

Indian River State College's School of Continuing Education has partnered with the 19th Circuit Court Administration and The Florida Association of Professional Process Servers (FAPPS) to provide required training for Process Servers in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin & Okeechobee Counties. 

Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, Administrative Order 2017-03

Process Server Certification
This intense two and a half day, 20-hour course, is not a certification; it is the educational requirement for the 19th Judicial Circuit and must be completed prior to making an application to the circuit to be a process server in the four-county region.


Process Server Renewal 4-hour 
This renewal training covers any new legislation and case law(s) as it pertains to the service of process. This 4-hour training is now a yearly requirement to renew your Process Server License. 


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Guardianship 4-hour (Natural Parents)
This is a required course for appointed non-professional guardians and those who seek to serve as a guardian. Each person appointed by the court to be a guardian must complete the required hours of instruction and education within four months of appointment. This State mandated course will cover the following topics to fulfill the training requirements for Guardianship Education required by the State of Florida F.S. 744.3145 and has been approved by the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, Administrative Order 2011-0.


Guardianship 8-hour (Non-Natural Parents)
This is a required course for appointed non-professional guardians and those who seek to serve as a guardian. Each person appointed by the court to be a guardian must complete the required hours of instruction and education within four months of appointment. This State mandated course will cover the following topics to fulfill the training requirements for Guardianship Education required by the State of Florida F.S. 744.3145 and has been approved by the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, Administrative Order 2011-0. 


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Public Safety Courses

Through these courses, first responders can gain and improve upon their skills, as well as obtain and maintain specific industry certifications.

Private Security Guard – Class D
The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Licensing, licenses and regulates the private security industry in accordance with Chapter 493, Florida Statutes. The private security industry is regulated to ensure the interests of the public are adequately served and protected.

Licensing Process

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must be a citizen or legal resident alien of the United States or have been granted authority to work in this country by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship, and Immigration Services (USCIS)

The Department will deny your application, if you:

  • Have been convicted of a felony in any state or of a crime against the United States, which is designated as a felony, or convicted of an offense in any other state, territory, or country punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year, unless and until Civil Rights have been restored and a period of 10 years have passed since final release from supervision [s.493.6118 (4), F.S.].
  • Are currently serving a suspended sentence on a felony charge or on probation for a delay charge [s.493.6118(4), F. S.].

The Department may deny your application, if you:

  • Have a history of being arrested for crimes of violence and/or found guilty of (or had adjudication withheld for) directly related crimes. This includes, but is not limited to: Trespassing, Breaking and Entering, Burglary, Robbery, Forgery, Criminal Mischief or Theft, Assault, Battery, Stalking, Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault, Sexual Battery, Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Murder, Aggravated Stalking, Resisting an Officer with Violence [Section 493.6118(1)(c), Section 493.6118(1)(j), Section 493.6118(3), F.S.].
  • Have demonstrated a lack of respect for the laws of this state and the nation [Section 493.6118(3), F.S.].
  • Have an outstanding bench warrant or capias [Section 493.6118(3), F.S.].
  • Are currently in a Pre-Trial Intervention or Deferred Prosecution Program [Section 493.6118(3), F.S.].

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American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR (AHA BLS-CPR)
Indian River State College (IRSC) is an authorized training center for the AHA. We offer the AHA’s BLS (CPR and AED) Program. This course can be used for an initial certification or re-certification.

Who Should Take The Course
Healthcare professionals, first responders, and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in a wide variety of in-facility and pre-hospital settings.

Course Covers:

  • New science and education from the 2020 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC
  • The components of high-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
  • The AHA Chain of Survival for pre-hospital and in-facility providers
  • Important early use of an AED
  • Effective ventilations using a barrier device
  • Importance of teams in multi-rescuer resuscitation and performance as an effect team member during multi-rescuer CPR
  • Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (chocking) for adults and infants

The course fee includes the required pocket mask and your certification eCard upon successful completion of the course. The BLS Provider Manual (ISBN: 978-1-61669-768-6) is an AHA requirement for the course and not included in the course fee. The IRSC River Shop Bookstore carried this required book.


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Emergency Vehicle Operators Course
This 16-clock hour class will prepare students to safely operate an emergency vehicle. This certification is an employment requirement established by the Florida Department of Health for anyone driving an ambulance and meets the requirements of the following organizations; Florida Department of Health, Division of Emergency Preparedness and Community Support, Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight, and IRSC EMT Program. For this course, the 16-clock hours is split into two parts, an 8-clock hour online course and an 8-clock hour in-person driving class. The online course will be email out 7-10 days before the class starts and will need to be completed, with a physical completion certificate to be brought with, before the in-person driving class.


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Trade & Industry Courses

The trades are one of the most in-demand career opportunities available. Through these courses, students will be able to gain and improve upon their trade industry skills to help further their careers.

One Position Steel Plate Test
This test can be done using any one of the following welding processes, SMAW (Stick) GTAW (TIG), FCAW (Flux Cored), and GMAW (MIG). The process you choose will be done on a groove weld with or without backing in the 1G (Flat), 2G (Horizontal), 3G (Vertical), or 4G (Overhead) positions. By doing only one position you will be limited on the positions for qualification. Each welding process tested qualifies you only for that welding process. Price includes all material costs and AWS Registration fees.


Two Position Steel Plate Test
This test can be done using any one of the following processes, SMAW (Stick) GTAW (TIG), FCAW (Flux Cored), and GMAW (MIG). The process you choose will be done on a groove weld with or without backing in 3G (Vertical), and 4G (Overhead) positions. By doing both the 3G and 4G positions you will be qualified to weld all positions on plate. Each welding process tested qualifies you only for that welding process. Price includes all material costs and AWS Registration fees.


Stainless Steel Plate or Pipe Test
This test can be done using any one of the following processes, SMAW (Stick) GTAW (TIG), FCAW (Flux Cored), and GMAW (MIG). The process you choose will be done on a groove weld with or without backing in 1G (Flat), 2G (Horizontal),3G (Vertical), or 4G (Overhead) positions on Stainless Steel plate or the 6G position for Pipe. When doing a 3G position, the 4G position can be added at no extra cost. By doing both the 3G and 4G positions you will be qualified to weld all positions on plate. A 6G position Pipe test qualifies you to weld all positions of plate and pipe. Each welding process tested qualifies you only for that process. Our available pipe materials are 2” Sch 80 and 6” Sch 80 Steel or Stainless steel. Stainless Steel Plate tests, and all pipe tests are considered Specialty tests. Price includes all material costs and AWS Registration fees.


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Marine Training Program
Prepare for a high-paying, high-demand career. This Pre-apprenticeship includes 10 evenings of hands-on training and two hands-on Saturday labs. With over a dozen boat manufacturers and repair facilities such as Pursuit, Maverick, and Twin Vee, the Treasure Coast is a booming epicenter for boat manufacturing and this industry is growing at over 20% per year. Students will have an opportunity to work towards a Yamaha factory certification. Topics covered will include theory and engine operation, maintenance and light repairs, trailer adjustments and repair, as well as general knowledge and skills. Twice a week experts from the industry will focus on topics such as rigging, maintenance, and engine repairs.

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Certified Logistic Associate (CLA)
This five-week classroom and online program will provide you with the foundational knowledge needed to understand the business of supply chain and related skills. This training includes lessons in the warehouse and shipping supply chain environment, safety, safe equipment operation, material handling equipment, quality control, workplace communication, teamwork and problem solving and using computers.

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Forklift Operation Training
A mobile, power-propelled truck used to carry, push, pull, lift, stack, or tier materials. (American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Commonly known as forklifts, pallet trucks, rider trucks, fork-trucks, or lift-trucks. Can be powered through electric or combustion engines. Powered Trucks, or Forklifts, is a National OSHA Certification mandatory for individuals operating forklifts and other similar materials moving equipment. The Certification/License consists of two hours of classroom training concluding with a short-written test, followed with a short field test on the specific equipment utilized by the company. The program typically lasts between 4 -6 hours, depending on the number of participants needing field testing. * Class includes Operator’s Certification (License) good for 4 years.


OSHA 10Hrs.
This 10 Hour General Industry OSHA training course targets those working in a Supervisory or Managerial position overseeing the safety and welfare of employees in their company or department. The course is designed to teach managers and supervisors how to institute a consistent Safety Program within their area of responsibility.  In addition, the class identifies steps needed to develop an internal “Heads-up” Culture beneficial to the individual employee and the Company as a whole.  *Each attendee will receive a Federal 10 Hour OSHA card upon completion of the course.


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