What is CERT Training?

In the basic training course we deliver 24 hours of instruction (usually one 3-hour class per week for 8 weeks) that are a combination of classroom work and hands-on exercises. The course concludes with a simulated disaster in which the students demonstrate their skills with live victims. The topics covered in the eight sessions include:

Session 1: Disaster Preparedness, Hazard Mitigation, Local Vulnerabilities
Session 2: Fire Safety, Fire Suppression, Utility Controls
Session 3: Disaster Medical Operations, Part 1 (Triage, Life Saving Interventions)
Session 4: Light Search & Rescue Operations
Session 5: Disaster Medical Operations, Part 2 (Public Health & Hygiene, Head to Toe Assessment, Basic Treatments)
Session 6: Disaster Psychology & CERT Organization
Session 7: Table Top Exercise & Final Exam
Session 8: Final Exercise (Simulated Disaster Response)

As of 2017 the course fee is $50.00 for all 8 sessions and can be paid at the first class session by either cash or check. We are unable to accept payment by credit or debit card. If cost is a concern, please let us know; options are available.

To provide a great student experience, we keep the class size at 12-24 students, with enough classmates to form teams and still give every student plenty of instructor contact. Many common questions about the Whatcom CERT program are answered on our FAQ page.

2019 CERT Basic Training courses

Pre-class Resources

Class Session 1-7 Resources