CERT Advanced Training


Coronavirus Update

CERT Advanced Training has both Zoom and in-person training.

See the CERT COVID-19 Policy

(For CERT Basic Training, see this page. For CERT Continuing Education, see this page)

After taking the basic training course, what should a CERT member know before they are activated as a Disaster Service Worker? The basic training course teaches us how to support ourselves, family and neighborhood in the event of a disaster but does not teach all the skills to operate under local government agencies or first responders. These four modules teach a DSW about the organization that they work under, personal safety and effective communications.

Module One: Understanding the CERT Organizational Structure and Policies

  • OR3 and EOC
  • Emergency Management Council
  • CERT Council
  • CERT Auxiliary
  • CERT Teams
  • CERT SOP: Operation Procedures and Activation Policy

Module Two: Understanding Your Role as a DSW

  • Required PPE
  • Activation Bag and Supplies
  • Situational Awareness
  • Risk Assessment
  • What does OR3, Fire and Law Expect
  • Following the Chain of Command
  • Being an Effective Team Member
  • Documentation: ICS and CERT Forms

Module Three: Effective Assessment and Communications

  • Scene Size Up Using C.A.N.
  • Neighborhood Surveys
  • Structure Damage Assessment
  • Radio Communications
  • Communicating with the Public
  • Working with ARES

Module 4: Managing a Medical Emergency

  • Managing Life Threatening Conditions
  • Responding to a Mass Casualty Event
  • Patient Assessment
  • Recovery Position and Carries
  • Communicating Medical Information
  • Narcan Administration
  • Israeli Bandage and Tourniquet Practice

 

Advanced Training Schedule

If you have completed the Basic Training, you may sign up for one module at a time, but we encourage you to complete all four modules.

Module 1: Understanding the CERT Organizational Structure and Policies
Wednesday, January 17, 7:00-9:00 pm
Location: Zoom

Register

 

Module 2: Understanding Your Role as a DSW
Wednesday, February 28, 7:00-9:00 pm
Location: Central Fire District Admin. Building, 930 – 17th Av, Santa Cruz (Live Oak)

Register

 

Module 3: Effective Assessment and Communications
Wednesday, March 20, 7:00-9:00 pm
Location: Central Fire District Admin. Building, 930 – 17th Av, Santa Cruz (Live Oak)

Register

 

Module 4: Managing a Medical Emergency
Wednesday, April 17 , 7:00-9:00 pm
Location: Central Fire District Admin. Building, 930 – 17th Av, Santa Cruz (Live Oak)

Register

 

Emergency-related training available from other organizations may be found on our Resources page.