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.

  • Boulder Creek — Aug 2, 9, 23, 30, Sep 8
    There will be a Basic CERT Class in Boulder Creek on four Thursdays (August 2, 9, 23, 30) from 6:30–10:00 pm and Saturday, September 8, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Thursday classes will be held at the Boulder Creek Fire Dept, 13230 Central Ave, Boulder Creek. The Saturday class will be held at the Felton Fire Dept, 131 Kirby St, Felton. (Outline | Register)
  • Aptos — Sep 5, 12, 19, 26, 29
    There will be a Basic CERT Class in Aptos on four Wednesdays (September 5, 12, 19, 26) from 6:30–10:00 pm and Saturday, September 29, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. All classes will be held at the Aptos/La Selva Fire Dept, 6934 Soquel Dr, Aptos. (Outline | Register)
  • Live Oak — Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 27
    There will be a Basic CERT Class in Live Oak on four Wednesdays (October 3, 10, 17, 24) from 6:30–10:00 pm and Saturday, October 27, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Classes will be held at Central Fire, 930 – 17th Av, 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.

At all of these advanced training sessions, CERT recertification will take place from 6:30-7:00 pm for those who need to update their badges.

Aptos sessions will take place at the Firehouse (6934 Soquel Dr).
Felton sessions will take place at the Firehouse (131 Kirby St).

Note: Unless otherwise specified, each Advanced Training class must have a minimum of 10 registered one week before the class begins, or it may be cancelled. You will be notified if the minimum has not been met.

  • September — Utility Management for First Responders
    Learn how to handle downed power lines and other utility emergencies.
    Felton – Thursday, Sep 6, 7-9:30 pm. Aptos – Tuesday, Sep 25, 7-9:30 pm. (Register)
  • October — Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) Workshop
    How to conduct a MYN training designed to improve disaster response at the neighborhood level for 15-20 urban homes or 5-7 in rural areas, and may be implemented in condos, apartment complexes and mobile home parks. Training teaches neighbors to rely on each other during the hours or days before fire, medical, police or utility responders arrive.
    Felton – Thursday, Oct 4, 7-9:30 pm. Aptos – Thursday, Oct 25, 7-9:30 pm. (Register)