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Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI)
The Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI) is a non-profit organization established to advance the practice of risk management in local governments and non-profit entities.  PERI maintains a training site as a service to its constituents, to disseminate a broad range of useful, practical risk management information as widely and as inexpensively as possible.

Their goal is to connect you to the knowledge, resources, and information that will help you address your risk management challenges. Enter their website to link to hundreds of resources in risk management, disaster management, and environmental liability management. Browse their online Library of articles and explore their online Tools, Publications and Resources for timely information and innovative approaches to risk issues. Online training can be accessed at: https://www.riskinstitute.org/peri/.

Nonprofit Risk Management Center
The Nonprofit Risk Management Center was established to provide assistance and resources to community serving organizations, including public entities.  Their mission is to help you cope with uncertainty on a vast array of risk management topics.  How do they help?

  • They produce affordable, easy-to-read publications. Some are even Free!
  • They publish a Risk Management Essentials newsletter which is distributed three times a year – also Free!
  • Following are some of the topics they provide training for:  Accident response, Basic Risk Management Skills, Business Continuity Planning, Volunteer Risk Management, Financial Risk Management, and Workplace Safety.
  • They accomplish and provide the above via webinars, online tools, and an online library.

Online training can be accessed at: http://www.nonprofitrisk.org/.

Police / Law Enforcement
The Ohio Peace Officer and Training Academy (OPOTA) is dedicated to making quality, affordable advanced training available to all Ohio law enforcement officers. To that end, OPOTA has created eOPOTA, a free online alternative to traditional training. Officers can take select training courses at the eOPOTA Web site and new course offerings will be added to eOPOTA throughout the year. 

This training can be accessed via the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway (OHLEG): https://www.ohleg.org/ICSLogin/?"https://www.ohleg.org/".

Fire / EMS
The United States Fire Administration (USFA) is providing Coffee Break Training bulletins for you to read. These one-page training notices, posted every Tuesday, provide technical training in fire protection systems, building construction, codes and standards, inspection techniques, hazardous materials and administrative tips. Each notice includes a photograph or drawing that illustrates the point of the training lesson. Online training can be accessed at: http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/nfa/coffee-break/index.shtm.

The Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association (OFCA) is also an excellent source of training data and information:  http://www.ohiofirechiefs.com/ .

Parks & Playgrounds
The Ohio Parks & Recreation Association (OPRA) provides many training events throughout the year. Additional information can be foun at: http://www.opraonline.org/ .

Street & Road Departments
The Ohio Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) continues to provide quality training throughout the State.  You can stay up-to-date with their training offerings at the following website: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/LTAP/

A number of on-line Web-based courses are available Free of Charge at the following links:

National Highway Institute (NHI) at http://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/  and
Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council (TCCC) at http://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/tccc.   

The American Association of Libraries (ALA) offers a variety of education and ongoing professional development training and education.  Many of these offerings are offered online.  The following website provides more detailed information of these offerings, many of which are made available online! http://ala.org/ala/educationcareers/ongoing/classes/online/index.cfm.

General Employee Safety Training
The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (Ohio BWC) has a Division of Safety & Hygiene which in turn maintains a training center that offers a continuing education facility specializing in occupational safety and health, provides you with the knowledge, tools and skills you need to prevent occupational injuries and illness. Courses are offered on an open enrollment basis, and tuition is free to employers actively enrolled in Ohio's workers' compensation system.  Detailed information can be found at: http://www.ohiobwc.com/employer/programs/safety/SandHTrainingNeeds.asp.

Additional useful information which address topics such as Consulting Services, Grant & Loan Programs, Online Tools & Resources, Special Interests, etc. can be found at the following website: http://www.ohiobwc.com/employer/services/safetyhygiene.asp

Public Utilities
The Ohio Rural Water Association (ORWA) offers online e-Learning training at http://www.ohiowater.org/ORWA/pages/CourseCatalog.htm. This web-based operator certification and license renewal training provides employers and their employees the flexibility to take training courses at their own pace without the hassle and cost of attending live classes.

The Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) offers continuous training opportunities throughout the State.  While these training classes must be attended in person, the courses are provided at NO COST to the participants by the Ohio EPA Division of Drinking and Ground Waters.  Courses are generally approved for 5.0 Ohio EPA contact hours each. Go to http://www.glrcap.org/ohio/ for additional information.

American Municipal Power - Ohio (AMP) offers its member communities and those who are not members a variety of services that will help them improve the quality of Municipal Utility services to their customers. Included in these services are various Safety Programs.  They include subjects such as: General Safety Training, OHSA Compliance Training, CPR Training and Flagger Training.  Additional information can be found at http://www.amp-ohio.org/services.html .

Approved Environment, Inc. is an approved training provider in Ohio for providing online continuing education for water and wastewater certification.  They offer 33 online continuing education courses.  More detailed information on these offerings can be found at http://www.approvedce.com/ .