Contact info@CERTClarkCountyWA.com for additional information.

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.

Upcoming Training Classes

Thank you for your interest in the CERT Basic Training Class. Registration for our Fall class is now closed. We look forward to holding two classes in the spring -- dates will be posted here soon.

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

Sesstion 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:

  • Check on the safety and well-being of their neighbors

  • Suppress small fires using a fire extinguisher

  • Conduct light urban search and rescue

  • Provide emergency medical aid and psychological comfort to survivors

  • Organize and direct other individuals who offer assistance

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)
http://cresa911.org/emergency-management/emergency-preparedness/

Disasters & Emergencies https://www.ready.gov/

Prepare In A Year

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/foodwater/prepare.html