Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Training

Below is 2018 info. 2019 is in development and will be added soon; please check back.

Disaster Assistance Building Evaluator Training Workshop
Tuesday, November 27
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Light Breakfast and Lunch

Hosted by the MA Architects & Engineers for Emergency Response Task Force
6.5 HSW CEUs | 6.5 PDHs | Credit has been approved for Building Officials 
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This class will be capped at 70 registrants.

This workshop certifies attendees as Building Evaluators in the nationally recognized Safety Assessment Program (SAP). The program is managed by the California Office of Emergency Services with cooperation from professional organizations, including the American Institute of Architects, the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section and the Structural Engineers Association of Massachusetts.

This workshop will allow professional Architects, Engineers, and building inspectors to become certified to assist local governments and perform safety evaluations of the built environment in the aftermath of a natural disaster or catastrophe. It will teach participants to conduct rapid damage assessments of structures affected by earthquakes, as well as wind and water damage. Case studies will be presented and discussed to illustrate examples of possible damage scenarios that a Second Responder could encounter and how to properly assess the damage and record it for later use by emergency management personnel.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to consistently and safely assess structures for habitability and will receive a nationally recognized Cal OES registration ID card from the state of CA. Attendees will also be introduced to the FEMA requirements and protocols for responders operating in a post-disaster theater, and will be prepared to take the self-study online courses required of Second Responders who wish to perform post-disaster assessments.

Eligible Participants 

All building industry professionals are welcome to attend. In addition, certain licensed practitioners will be eligible to perform post-disaster assessments after successfully completing SAP training as certified Building Evaluators:

  • Licensed Architects
  • Registered Civil, Structural and Geotechnical Engineers
  • Certified Building Inspectors

Learning Objectives

At the end of this training, the participant will be able to:

  • Recognize the important role Architects, Engineers and associated building professionals play in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
  • Accurately conduct a post-disaster rapid building assessment and complete appropriate damage assessment forms.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the Applied Technology Council’s ATC-20 Post-earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings and ATC 45 Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods damage assessment procedures.
  • Earn a Cal-OES registration ID card


Non-licensed participants will receive credit and a certificate of completion, but will not be able to actively deploy in a natural disaster until they become licensed.