CERT Academies are currently on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions. For more information about upcoming CERT classes and trainings, please contact your city's/town's CERT Manager.  

21 Hours - $35.00 (Fee covers participant's safety equipment and training material.)

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In the event of an area wide disaster, critical infrastructure and emergency services will be impacted. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) academy trains residents to prepare for and respond to life-threatening events in their community. CERT members can mobilize neighborhood resources, deliver immediate assistance to victims, organize emergency communications and provide support to first responders.

What is CERT?
Each city has its own organized CERT program.  CERT members prepare, organize and work together as a team to provide essential services to their community during and after a disaster. CERTs strengthen neighborhood resiliency and play a vital role in their City’s disaster response efforts.

CERT Training
CERT academies are offered in the communities served by the Santa Clara County Fire Department and rotate throughout the year. Some of the skills taught include organizing resources, medical operations, basic search and rescue, how to use a fire extinguisher and damage assessment.

Using classroom and simulation based education; CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace immediately following an event when emergency responders may not be immediately available to help. Taking CERT training is easy, fun and a great way for your business or neighborhood to strengthen working and personal relationships that will be vital in responding to an emergency.

CERT training is accomplished in about 21 hours culminating with a final disaster simulation exercise applying the skills participants have learned.

Training is broken up into eight (8) modules:

  • CERTcribbingEmergency Preparedness
  • CERT Organization
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Fire Safety
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Emergency Medical Operations
  • Terrorism Awareness
  • Disaster Simulation Exercise


(408) 378-4010 or cert@sccfd.org



Additional Resources:
Collaborating Agencies Disaster Relief Efforts (CADRE) 
FEMA Emergency Supply List
Ready? Prepare.Plan.Stay Informed
Red Cross Earthquake Safety Checklist