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 Fall 2021 course! October 12, 14, 17, 21 and 23. Reminder, you must attend ALL courses in order to receive the CERT certificate. 

Course Schedule

The CERT Course is 24 Hours and is typically taught over three consecutive Saturdays or four weeknights and one Saturday. 

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

If you or your organization would like to complete CERT training or if you have any further questions contact the Program Coordinator at