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Training and Professional Development

In this section of the School Health Website you will find a diverse range of accredited and non-accredited trainings developed by different school health partner programs. Although there are several trainings with different focus areas, all the training opportunities are designed to improve the health and environment of Montana Public Schools. Trainings featured on this site come from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, the Montana Office of Public Instruction, and other school health partners.

Online Training Opportunities

Allergies and Anaphylaxis

This training was developed by the Allergy Community Experts Network and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. The training reviews the causes of anaphylaxis, early recognition of signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, instructions on how to administer epinephrine, and the proper protocol to follow in the case of an anaphylaxis emergency. The training takes roughly 1 hour to complete and participants earn 1 OPI renewal unit. The training can be accessed here, Allergies and Anaphylaxis Training for School Staff. Upon completing the training, an OPI renewal unit certificate will be emailed to the training participant.

Asthma (OPI Renewal & Continuing Education Credits)

The Montana Asthma Control Program Online Training offers OPI renewal units to school staff and coaches and Licensing Credits to Childcare Providers. Trainings are designed to educate participants on creating asthma friendly schools and childcare facilities.

Concussion & Traumatic Brain Injury

On April 22, 2013, Governor Bullock signed the Dylan Steigers Protection of Youth Athletes Act into law.  

An athletic trainer, coach, or official shall remove a youth athlete from participation in any organized youth athletic activity at the time the youth exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion. 

Coaches, athletic trainers and officials are required to take the Concussion in Sports Course prior to contact with student-athletes. Certification is good for a one-year period.

Administrators should also refer to the Sports Medicine Page of the MHSA website for resources and additional information regarding concussions.

Access the course on the National Federation of State High School Associations website. 


Diabetes Care Tasks at School: What Key Personnel Need to Know- American Diabetes Association 

The American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Care Tasks at School: What Key Personnel Need to Know is a 13-module training curriculum. Each module has a PowerPoint presentation and corresponding video segment.

This curriculum is intended to be used with the National Diabetes Education Program’s free Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel. If at all possible, this guide should be read prior to training.

The school nurse or diabetes health care professional should use these modules to train non-medical school personnel to perform diabetes care tasks.

These modules focus specifically on how diabetes care should be done in the school setting. In each PowerPoint, there are detailed talking points for the presenter to use. These are accessible in the “notes” view.

The video segments are primarily intended to reinforce the hands-on training of staff who will provide direct care. However, selected segments may also be used at school staff and parent meetings to increase diabetes awareness.

Fitness (Physical Activity)


SHAPE MT is the leader in providing continuing education on physical education and physical activity in the state of Montana. Be sure to mark your calendar for their yearly conference in August. Other training opportunities are available through the year and sometimes upon request. 

In-Person Training Opportunities


Trainings are provided free of charge upon request from the school or childcare facility. Training options are available for school staff, coaches, and daycare facility employees. The trainings are worth 1 OPI renewal units for school staff and coaches and 2 childcare licensing credits for childcare providers.

Participants will learn:

  • General asthma knowledge
  • How to identify common asthma triggers
  • How to identify signs and symptoms of an asthma episode
  • How to help students avoid asthma exacerbations at school
  • Steps to take during all stages of an asthma attack

Contact Information:
Website: web.hhs.mt.gov/asthma
William Biskupiak, Health Educator- Montana Asthma Control Program

Hands-only CPR

Montana Heart Rescue -- CPR in Schools

Montana Heart Rescue is launching a statewide effort to increase the number of Montanans who can perform compression-only CPR.  Compression-only CPR is a vital part of the chain of survival for cardiac arrest victims and has been shown to save lives. Compression-only CPR is ideal for the middle/high school setting. The course can be taught in a single class period with 20-30 students at a time.  Montana Heart Rescue can provide assistance in training school staff to present the course as well as provide all the necessary materials needed to teach the class. These materials include mannequins, DVDs and a class curriculum.

If you have any questions, please contact Mike McNamara: mmcnamara@mt.gov, (406) 444-9170.

Additional information can be found on this website: http://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/EMSTS/cardiacready/MontanaHeartRescueCPRTraining