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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is an opportunity for people of all ages, sizes, and physical abilities to learn valuable basic skills needed during an emergency. 

Whether you are interested in learning how to take care of yourself and your family, your neighborhood, or taking an active role in community preparedness, the CERT training will help increase your confidence and provide peace of mind. 

Spring 2023 Training Classes

Thank you for your interest in the CERT program. All eight classes must be attended to receive a course completion certificate and to participate in activities and further training with the CERT Clark County, WA group. Minimum age is 18, or 17 with an adult. There is no maximum age. People of all skills and abilities are encouraged to participate. All participants must be Clark County residents.  

Registration for Class 1 is now open

To register for the class, please complete the on-line application available here

Unfortunately, we have no mechanism to accept payment on-line. Class fees (exact cash or check only) can be paid at Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. CRESA is located at 710 W. 13th Street, Vancouver, WA 98660. Paid parking is generally available in the front section of the Jury Overflow Lot directly across from the front entrance. It is a secure building; ring the bell to the right of the door for entry to the lobby area.   CRESA is generously helping us with our registration process, so your courtesy to their employees is appreciated. 

The class will be filled in the order that both the application and fees have been received; submitting an application without the class fee will not hold a spot in the class for you. While you are welcome to mail your payment to CRESA, please be aware that interest in CERT training is high and your payment may not be received in time. Registration will continue through February 15th, or until class capacity of 25 is reached.  A notice will be posted here when the class is full. It can be assumed that until this information has changed, there is still space in the class.

Class 1:  $35 / person

Evening classes will be held at:
    Bridgeview Resource Center
    505 Omaha Way, Vancouver, WA 98661

Saturday class locations TBA

Thank you to Vancouver Fire District and Clark County Fire District 6 for your support of this class and the CERT program! 

Class 2:  $35 / person

Registration for Class 2 will open on March 7th. Applications and payment will not be accepted before 9:00 am. The application link has changed, so please check back for the correct site.

Classes will be held at Station 31
    17718 N17718 NE 159th St.
    Brush Prairie, WA 98606 

Thank you to Fire District 3, the Washougal Police Dept., and Clark County Public Works for their support of this class and the CERT program! 

CERT Training requires a commitment of 24+ hours for classroom and field training, along with approximately one hour of reading homework each week, culminating in a final field exercise. 

Registrants must pass a background check and sign a code of conduct. 

Classes are typically offered one night a week and include two Saturday sessions; attendance is required at all classes for certification. 

The following topics are included in each CERT Basic Training Class: 

Session 1: Intro to CERT & Basic Emergency Preparedness

Session 2: CERT Organization & Disaster Communications

Session 3: Disaster Psychology & Terrorism

Session 4: Fire Safety & Utility Controls and Light Search & Rescue Operations

Session 5: Disaster Medical Operations 1 & Stop the Bleed

Session 6: Disaster Medical Operations 2

Session 7: CERT in Clark Co. -- the Practical Application

Session 8: Final Drill

The CERT program educates volunteers of all ages, ranging from stay-at-home parents, students, seniors, and individuals working full-time in how to prepare for the hazards that may impact their area and how to assist their neighborhood in the event of a disaster.

CERT volunteers are trained to: 

Through their participation in neighborhood activities and events, they assist in preparedness outreach and public education. 

CERT volunteers help build relationships between the community and emergency responders. 

Here are links to additional resources for Emergency Preparedness information:

Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA)

Disasters & Emergencies  

Prepare In A Year 

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention