Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)

CERT is a training program that prepares Floridians to help their families and neighbors in the event of a disaster in their community. Through CERT, citizens can learn about disaster preparedness and receive training in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations.

With this training, Florida volunteers can provide critical support in their local communities by giving immediate assistance to victims before emergency first responders arrive on scene. CERT volunteers also support the community year-round by participating in community preparedness outreach activities and distributing materials on disaster preparedness and education.

Interested in becoming a CERT Volunteer? Join us for our Summer 2022 course, course dates are listed below. To register for the Summer 2022 course, please visit this link:

Summer 2022 Schedule:
  1. Lecture Day #1: Tuesday, July 12, 2022; 6:00PM - 10:00PM
  2. Lecture Day #2: Thursday, July 14, 2022; 6:00PM - 10:00PM
  3. Lecture Day #3: Tuesday, July 19, 2022; 6:00PM - 10:00PM
  4. Lecture Day #4: Thursday, July 21, 2022; 6:00PM - 10:00PM
  5. Disaster Simulation and Final Exam: Saturday July 23, 2022; 8:00AM - 5:00 PM
Please note: You must attend ALL courses in order to receive certification. For questions, please contact Jefferson Sweet, CERT Training Coordinator at or

Course Schedule

The CERT Course is 24 Hours and is typically taught over three consecutive Saturdays or four weeknights and one Saturday. For special interests groups or community organizations, CERT training staff does provide modified training sessions throughout the year. For more information, please email 

Weekend Example Schedule:   
  1. Lecture Day #1: Saturday June 10 8:00AM - 5:00 PM 
  2. Lecture Day #2: Saturday June 17 8:00AM - 5:00 PM
  3. Disaster Simulation and Final Exam: Saturday June 24 8:00AM - 5:00 PM
Weeknight Example Schedule:
  1. Lecture Day #1: Tuesday June 6  6:00PM - 10:00PM
  2. Lecture Day #2: Thursday June 8  6:00PM - 10:00PM
  3. Lecture Day #3: Tuesday June 13 6:00PM - 10:00PM
  4. Lecture Day #4: Thursday June 15 6:00PM - 10:00PM
  5. Disaster Simulation and Final Exam: Saturday June 17 8:00AM - 5:00 PM

Course Curriculum

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • CERT Organization
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Fire Safety and Utility Controls
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Terrorism and CERT
  • Disaster Simulation