Community Emergency Response Training (CERT)
The CERT train the trainer class is for individuals that are part of a Citizen Corps Council or CERT Team that would like to become a trainer for their local program. Individuals must be sponsored by a local Citizen Corps Council or by a local jurisdiction that is interested in starting a Council. Please read below for more information on the CERT training itself.
If available, emergency services personnel are the best trained and equipped to
handle emergencies and you should use them. However, following a catastrophic
disaster, you and the community may be on your own for a period of time because
of the size of the area affected, lost communications, and impassable roads.
CERT Training is designed to prepare you to help yourself, your family and your
neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Because emergency personnel
will not be able to help everyone immediately, you can make a difference by
using the training thru this class to save lives and protect property.
This training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when
emergency services are not available. You will want to help. With training and
practice and by working as a team, you will be able to do the greatest good for
the greatest number after a disaster, while protecting yourself from becoming a
Starting in June 2006 a new section of the class will be offered. This section
is called the CERT managers class, which teaches each trainer on basic needs of
the team. Such needs as administrative help, funding, grants, marketing,
keeping volunteers interested in the program, continuing education and much,
Course Length: 16 hours
The CERT Train the Trainer class is a free class given by IEMA that includes hotel costs. IEMA does not reimburse for per diem or mileage.
Please note: Applications for
courses will be accepted up to 1 day prior to the course date.
However, the cutoff date for lodging is 7 days prior to class.
There are no scheduled dates for this course.
If you want to learn more about the Training Program or are interested in
attending a specific course, please contact the IEMA Regional Coordinator
serving your county. Registration must be made in advance to attend any course.
An application can be obtained from the IEMA Regional Coordinator or by
downloading in pdf