According to DoDI 4715.16 (18 September 2008), cultural resource management is a dynamic process. Staying well informed of issues and trends within cultural resources and abreast of new cultural resource laws and regulations is an essential element of cultural resource management. According to SECNAVINST 4000.35A (9 April 2001), OPNAVINST 5090.1C Chapter 27 (30 October 2007), MCO 5090.2A, and MCO 5090.4, the DoN and the Marine Corps are to provide cultural resources training for all levels of command, particularly CRMs and those personnel who are outside the cultural resource management organization but whose responsibilities affect the management of historic properties, such as base security.
Naval Civil Engineer Corps Officers School (CECOS)
A basic understanding of Section 106 of the NHPA is essential knowledge for staff given the responsibility of managing the DoN’s and Marine Corps historic properties. More advanced training in writing agreement documents, the cultural aspects of NEPA, Tribal consultation, and other cultural resource topics would also benefit CRMs and other MCBCL personnel in their operations. Several organizations offer cultural resource training opportunities. The Naval Civil Engineer Corps Officers School (CECOS) provides courses to all military personnel on Section 106 of the NHPA and other cultural resource laws. Classes include "Introduction to Cultural Resource Management Laws & Regulations" and "Advance Historic Preservation Law & Section 106 Compliance". Course descriptions, schedules, and enrollment are available on the "Courses" tab of the CECOS's web site at https://www.netc.navy.mil/centers/csfe/cecos/ or call the CECOS at Defense Switch Network (DSN): 551-6524 or by phone at (805) 982-6524.
Department of Defense (DoD)
The Department of Defense (DoD) offers courses on Native Hawaiian, Alaskan Native, and American Indian Cultural Communications. Course descriptions and further information is available at the DENIX website at http://www.denix.osd.mil/conferences/.
US Army Corps of Engineers Learning Center (ULC)
The US Army Corps of Engineers Learning Center (ULC) in Huntsville, AL, provides courses to all military personnel on cultural resources. Courses offered included Cultural Resources, Historic Structures I, and Native American Environmental/Cultural Resources Training. Course descriptions, schedules, and enrollment are available at the ULC’s web site at http://ulc.usace.army.mil/Default.aspx. Further information is available by email at dll-ULC-Registrar@usace.army.mil or fax: (256) 895-7469.
Department of the Interior (DOI)
The Department of the Interior (DOI) offers several courses on cultural resources available to non-DOI staff, including managing archaeological collections assessment, cultural resources overview, and historic and archaeological resources. Course descriptions are available at http://doilearn.doi.gov/coursecatalog/index.cfm. Select “Browse Catalog” and then “Cultural Resources” to find relevant courses. You can also contact the DOI GeoLearning Center by email at email@example.com or by phone at (866) 466-1998.
National Park Service (NPS)
The National Park Service (NPS) provides several distant learning courses on archaeology, including managing archaeological collections, archaeology for interpreters, interpretation for archaeologists, study tour of archaeological interpretation, and assessment of archaeology interpretation. The free online courses are available at http://www.nps.gov/archeology/TOOLS/distlearn.htm
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT)
The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), a National Park Service program, offers an array of cultural resource courses and workshops related to historic buildings, cemeteries, landscapes, and archaeological resources. These courses offer students advanced preservation practices and technologies. Course descriptions and schedules are available at http://www.ncptt.nps.gov/training/. Additional information can be obtained by calling (318) 356-7444 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of Homeland Security
The Department of Homeland Security offers a 5-day course titled “Archaeological Resources Protection Training Program” for federal law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and federal archaeologists. The course is taught by the Forensics and Investigative Technologies Division of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), and a course description and schedule is available at http://www.fletc.gov/training. For further information, call (912) 267-3464, or contact senior instructor Charles Louke at email@example.com.
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP)
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), an independent federal agency that advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy, provides courses on Section 106 of the NHPA. Courses include “106 Essentials Training” and “Advanced Section 106”. Course descriptions, schedules, and enrollment are available at the ACHP’s website at http://www.achp.gov/106select.html, call the ACHP at (202) 606-8503, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Preservation Institute (NPI)
The National Preservation Institute (NPI) is a non-profit organization that offers training in historic preservation and cultural resource management. Course subjects include laws and regulations; identification, planning, and evaluation; cultural and natural resource management; Native American cultural resources; property management and design issues; and curation, conservation and stewardship. Seminar descriptions, schedules, and enrollment are available at the NPI website at http://www.npi.org/, by phone: (703) 765-0100, or by email at email@example.com.