Training is offered to all volunteer members of the NSW SES. It varies depending on the area of specialisation that the member works in but the main themes include a combination of theory based initiatives, practical implementation of the theory and exercises. Training activities includes both theory and field based practical exercises.

As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), the NSW SES offers a broad range of competency based training for core skill areas. All members commence their training with NSW SES Induction, First Aid, Communications and Flood Awareness course, which are all recognised courses that help you work as a volunteer in the SES.

Once these foundation courses are completed, other courses are available to members depending on their areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Storm and Water Damage Operations
  • Urban Search And Rescue (USAR)
  • Mapping and Navigation
  • Chainsaw Operations (Cross Cut and Felling)
  • Flood Rescue including Floodboat and Swift Water Rescue operations
  • Land Search operations
  • Operations and Incident Management (AIIMS)

A range of external course through Emergency NSW are also offered to SES members.

The Unit prepares training programs generally 6 months in advance and provides them to all members. Training is conducted to the following general guide:

Field teams train between 1930 and 2130hrs on a Tuesday at Faulconbridge or between 1930 and 2130hrs on Wednesday at Katoomba. Some weekend activities are also run from time to time.

Operations and Incident Management training is generally on the 1st Sunday of the Month with some Wednesday evening training.

Specific and external courses are run to demand. The Unit caters the timing of this training to the availability of attending volunteers, so it maybe weekend or weekday training.