AmeriCorps Member Training

Orientation Part 1 -AmeriCorps Basics

Member Orientations occur on the first day of service using Microsoft teams.

Members will have 1 week to complete an orientation quiz which goes over important parts of the presentation. You also have a homework assignment about information you need to know at your host site.  


Catch the next live orientations

  • Fall Cohort on September 1, 15, October 6 and 20 

  • Winter Cohort on Dec. 1, and Jan 5

  • Spring Cohort on March 2

  • Summer Cohort on May 18 and June 1

Missed the orientation? Watch the recording, take the orientation quiz, complete the homework

Orientation Part 2 - Talking about AmeriCorps and Using the Education Award advanced 

Part 2 occurs within 1 month of your first day using Microsoft teams. Members will have 1 week after the presentation to complete an orientation part 2 quiz, which goes over important parts of the presentation. You also have a homework assignment. This is a questionnaire about yourself. 


Catch the next live orientations part 2 

  • Fall Cohort on October 27 

  • Winter Cohort on Jan 12

  • Spring Cohort on March 9

  • Summer Cohort on June 8 

Missed the orientation part 2? Watch the recording, take the orientation quiz, complete the homework

Habitat Learns- All about Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity International has created a series of trainings for new staff and volunteers. It is required for AmeriCorps members to go through this training within 1 month of starting service. This is all online and each section has quizzes to test your knowledge. We encourage members to complete this right away, so that you feel more connected with your affiliate. 

How to get started: 

  1. Go to

  2. Click on ‘Create Account’

  3. Check box ‘I agree and accept to the above Terms and Conditions’

  4. Complete the Account Registration steps (you may put your own affiliate or Habitat for Humanity of Iowa)

  5. Your account will need to be approved by the affiliate system administrator (send them an email to ensure they approve your registration right away)

  6. Once approved, go back to and login

  7. At the MyHabitat homepage, click on HabitatLearns

  8. Scroll through the courses in the middle of the screen until you find "Foundations"

  9. Feel free to take any of the other classes as well. 

Competent Person Training - Required for Construction members

Construction members who are serving full time or three quarter time positions are required to complete the competent person training. This training is now called Build Site Safety. 

  1. Go to 

  2. Log in using the account your created for Habitat Learns (above)

  3. Go to this link  OR 

    1. Click on "My Build Site"

    2. In the blue box click "Go to My Build Site"

    3. In the Yellow Box click "Build Safe"

  4. Pay for the class $30  and send the receipt to for reimbursement. (Or speak with Habitat staff for another way)

  5. Complete the class and email a copy of your complete course to your supervisor and  

Optional ADRT (AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team) Training

Habitat Iowa AmeriCorps members who wish to join on traveling disaster deployments need to go through the ADRT (AmeriCorps​ Disaster Response Team) Training. We never know when there will be an ask by the governor, Volunteer Iowa, or FEMA for AmeriCorps members to response to a variety of disasters. 

How to get started: 

  • Go to CNCS Litmos Training Site <- Updated link 10/30/2020

  • Request access for an account by emailing

    • Say "I"m an AmeriCorps member that needs to complete the ADRT training"

  • Look in your email for a link to create a log in and password

  • Search for "AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team 101"

  • Complete the training modules

Habitat for Humanity of Iowa

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Phone: 515-266-6886

Address: 809 8th Street SW Suite F Altoona, Iowa 50009

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