CERT Training


Basic CERT Training Classes

The Basic CERT Training Class prepares you to handle disaster situations, at home and in your community. You will learn what to do on your own, and what to do as part of a CERT team.

When you complete the Basic CERT Course, you receive a Disaster Service Worker (DSW) badge good for five (5) years. For re-certification, and to get an updated badge, here are the recertification guidelines and the steps to follow. Contact us if you need re-certification this year.

Currently scheduled Basic CERT classes (past classes may be found on the Events page):

Note: minimum class enrollment is 20 students. Encourage your friends and neighbors to sign up for CERT classes with you! If there is insufficient enrollment, you will be notified two weeks prior to the class start date.

  • Watsonville — Sept 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 14
    There will be a Basic CERT Class in Watsonville on four consecutive Thursdays (September 21, 28, October 5, 12) from 6:30–9:30 pm and Saturday October 14 from 9:00 am–5:00 pm. Thursday classes will be held at the Marinovich Community Center, 120 – 2nd Ave. The Saturday class will be at the firehouse across the street, 115 – 2nd Ave. Please note: this class is full, but you may put your name on the wait list. (Outline | Register)
  • Santa Cruz — Nov 9, 16, 30, Dec 6, 11
    There will be a Basic CERT Class in Santa Cruz on three Thursdays (November 9, 16, 30) plus Wednesday December 6 and Monday December 11, all from 6:00–10:00 pm. Classes will be held at the Santa Cruz Emergency Operations Center, 495 Upper Park Rd, Santa Cruz. (Outline | Register)

 

Subjects covered in the Basic CERT class

(Each class may cover these in a different order.)

1. Disaster Preparedness

  • Recent Disasters and Emergencies
  • Home and Workplace Preparedness
  • Community Preparedness

2. Fire Safety

  • Fire Chemistry
  • Fire and Utility Hazards
  • Fire Suppression (for small fires)
  • Hazardous Materials

3. Disaster First Aid

  • Treating Life-Threatening Conditions
  • Triage
  • Treating Injuries and Wounds
  • Disaster Psychology

4. CERT Organization

  • Mobilization
  • The CERT Team in Action

5. Light Search and Rescue

  • Building Construction
  • Conducting Search Operations
  • Conducting Rescue Operations

6. Review and Exercise

  • Course Review
  • Disaster Simulation
  • Final Exam

 

Advanced CERT Training Classes

Advanced CERT classes are held from time to time. They help CERT team members refresh skills learned in the Basic classes as well as learn new skills. Attendance at these advanced classes counts towards the 5 hours of CERT training per year required for recertification of the DSW badge every five years.

  • September 16-17: Mountain CERT Disaster Simulation Exercise
    For Mountain CERTs (Bonny Doon, Felton, Boulder Creek, etc.) this is an extraordinary opportunity to work with other emergency responders (CalFire, Red Cross, ARES and more) in a full-scale disaster simulation. (Details)
  • October 4: Utility Safety
    PG&E will present “Utility Safety — Downed Wires and Electrical Hazards — How to Be Safe” at the Felton Fire station, 131 Kirby St, Felton. Starts 7:00 pm. If you need your DSW badge re-certified, come at 6:30. (Register)
  • December 5: Disaster Psychology -- Aptos
    Disaster Psychology is highlighted in a FEMA movie that expands CERT Basic Training with information on the elderly and children. Come for the movie and popcorn with group discussion following. Aptos Fire station, 6934 Soquel Dr, Aptos. 7:00-8:30 pm. If you need your DSW badge re-certified, come at 6:30. (Register)
  • December 6: Disaster Psychology -- Felton
    Disaster Psychology is highlighted in a FEMA movie that expands CERT Basic Training with information on the elderly and children. Come for the movie and popcorn with group discussion following. Felton Fire station, 131 Kirby St, Felton. 7:00-8:30 pm. If you need your DSW badge re-certified, come at 6:30. (Register)