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.

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Fall 2022 Basic Training Class Schedule

Thank you for your interest in the CERT Basic Training Class. Below is the schedule for our fall session. 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 will open in late August. Please check back for additional details. Thank you!

  1. Thurs. 9/22 7:00 to 9:30 pm

  2. Thurs. 9/29 7:00 to 9:30 pm

  3. Thurs. 10/6 7:00 to 9:30 pm

  4. Sat. 10/8 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

  5. Thurs. 10/13 7:00 to 9:30 pm

  6. Thurs. 10/20 7:00 to 9:30 pm

  7. Thurs. 10/27 7:00 to 9:30 pm

  8. Sat. 10/29 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

Cost: $35 / person

Class Locations

Evening classes will be held at:

Bridgeview Resource Center

505 Omaha Way

Vancouver, WA 98661

Saturday classes will be held at:


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

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)

Disasters & Emergencies

Prepare In A Year

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention