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Community-led Action in Response to Violent Extremism is a Course

Community-led Action in Response to Violent Extremism

Time limit: 60 days


Full course description

Community-led Action in Response to Violent Extremism (CARVE) is a 4-hour self-paced online course designed for eligible U.S.-based learners to provide community-focused, rigorously researched, and academically-informed instruction on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). Targeted at the FEMA "awareness" training level, this FEMA-certified course is intended to provide a general introduction to radicalization to violence and community-based efforts. The course addresses the topic "Radicalization to Violence Awareness" by examining START-supported research about violent extremism and radicalization to violence in the United States. CARVE also provides guidance on "Community-Based Efforts for Countering Violent Extremism" by exploring a spectrum of community-led efforts to foster resilience to violent extremism and radicalization to violence. 

Intended Audience:
Law enforcement engaged in Countering Violent Extremism efforts such as Community Liaison Officers or School Resource Officers; participants from non-governmental organizations who are engaged in Countering Violent Extremism at the community level; and, representatives from educational, government, and business organizations.

Course Eligibility: 
Individuals eligible to take this course include U.S. citizens and Legal Residents representing state, local, tribal and territorial entities. This includes representatives from Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the private sector. Foreign nationals residing in the U.S. and associated with a state, local, tribal, or territorial entity as defined in Congressional Appropriates may take this course after completing a Foreign Visitor Request Form. U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States who are connected to a U.S.-based state, local, tribal or territorial entity may take the course.

Non-U.S. citizens not connected with a U.S.-based state, local, tribal, or territorial entity are not eligible to take the course.

Course Requirements:
A FEMA Student Identification number is a requirement for registration. The FEMA SID serves as your unique identifier and is used to maintain the record of the FEMA training you complete. If you do not have a FEMA SID, please obtain one at the FEMA's Student Identification System website prior to enrollment in the course.

FEMA Course Certification:
CARVE was developed by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), based at the University of Maryland within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS), and is sponsored with funding through the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Training and Education Division. CARVE has received FEMA certification and can be found in the National Preparedness Course Catalog. (Course number: AWR-355-W)

Continuing Education Units (CEUs):
.4 CEUs available upon request for 30.00USD processing fee. Please contact START's Training Team for more information.

Additional Information: 
To view technical requirements, please view the Canvas guide on computer specifications.

For more information about any of START's trainings please contact the Training Team at or make an online request for more information.

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