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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

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Serve DC’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer program trains citizens to be better prepared to respond to emergencies in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can  provide critical support to first responders, immediate assistance to victims and can help organize spontaneous  volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the community safety.

CERT training is free and open to anyone who lives, works or congregates in the District of Columbia. Classes include:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Safety
  • Medical Operations and First Aid
  • Search and Rescue
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Terrorism
DC CERT wouldn’t be what it is without the amazing instructors and presenters who share their wisdom in one or more of our eight units of Basic CERT training. We’ve had some amazing partners throughout the years, and now we’re opening the floor for applications for DC CERT Corps of Instructors 2016-2017!
We’re looking for experienced instructors or subject matter experts who can teach basic techniques of emergency preparedness to people that live, work, and enjoy the District of Columbia to “DO THE GREATEST GOOD FOR THE GREATEST NUMBER OF PEOPLE.” 

Enrollment for DC CERT Courses:

Participants can apply to any time up to 2 weeks before the start of the course. For participants who apply early, acceptances will be sent 4 weeks prior to the start of the course. Dates for courses can be accessed online only. The DC CERT Admissions Staff will review the applications as they are received and notify applicants regarding their status. Once accepted into the course, participants will receive an acceptance letter with further instructions regarding any other matters.

Course Vacancies:

In an effort to fill DC CERT courses, vacancies will be updated frequently and posted on the DC CERT registration website and qualified personnel may apply. DC CERT will fill vacancies on a first-come, first-served basis with maximum cohort size being based on the number of trainers for that course. (NOTE: for anyone not selected into their desired course, they will automatically be waitlisted and offered the next class.)


***If you require reasonable accommodations please let us know in full detail so we may fulfill your request.***

For more information about the DC CERT program call (202) 727-7941 or click here.

CERT is a program of Citizen Corps, a national initiative designed to foster a culture of citizenship, service and responsibility. Click here to learn more about national CERT initiatives.