Community Emergency Response Team Training [CERT]

Help us #ReadyOakland. Through training, individuals can manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the three killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective until professional first responders can arrive.

Community Emergency Response Team [CERT] Training

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After completing the CERT training, course graduates will:

  • Be able to identify and anticipate hazards in the home and workplace
  • Understand what steps to take in order to increase personal and family readiness
  • Be familiar with the Incident Command System and basic functions
  • Know how to organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers in a disaster or emergency
  • Know how to apply basic medical techniques/basic first aid
  • Be able to set up medical treatment areas
  • Know how to help reduce survivor and DSW-V stress
  • Know how to safely extinguish small fires
  • Be able to conduct light search and rescue activities
  • Be able to assist emergency responders in mass casualty incidents.
  • Understand the appropriate actions to take in an active shooter situation
  • Be able to promote CERT Training in Oakland

Oakland CERT Training is available free of charge, for Teens and Adults. Click here to register for a future CERT session.

Please Note: CERT training for adults is currently being offered via a hybrid model. Basic instruction will take place virtually. The hands-on instruction will be provided in-person. CERT training for teens will continue to be delivered in person.

Additionally, Oakland CERT training takes approximately 33 hours to complete. The time estimate is inclusive of the Oakland "CERT Zoom “Office Hours” sessions that are listed in the table below.

Current CERT Training Schedule

2022 [Session Two] | Dates: 4/21/2022 - 5/22/2022

Virtual Instruction Module Zoom Office Hour Date & Time

Welcome/Orientation

  • Estimated Completion Time: 1hr
  • Thursday, April 21st [6:00 - 7:00pm] or Monday, April 25th [6:00 - 7:00pm]
  • This is a required session [you only need to attend one.]
  • This session will take place virtually via Zoom
  • View meeting recording

Unit 1 – Disaster Preparedness

  • Estimated Completion Time: 2hr, 30min

Unit 2 – CERT Organization

  • Estimated Completion Time: 1hr, 5min
  • Thursday, April 28th [6:00 - 7:30pm]
  • This session is optional
  • This session will take place virtually via Zoom
  • View meeting recording

Unit 3 – Disaster Medical Ops.

  • Estimated Completion Time: 2hr, 30min

Unit 4 – Disaster Medical Ops.

  • Estimated Completion Time: 1hr, 15min
  • Thursday, May 5th [6:00 - 7:30pm]
  • This session is optional
  • This session will take place virtually via Zoom
  • View meeting recording [This recording is from a prior CERT Training Session]

Unit 5 – Disaster Psychology

  • Estimated Completion Time: 2hr, 20min

Unit 6 – Fire & Utility Safety

  • Estimated Completion Time: 2hr, 50min
  • Thursday, May 12th [6:00 - 7:30pm]
  • This session is optional
  • This session will take place virtually via Zoom
  • View meeting recording [This recording is from a prior CERT Training Session]

Unit 7 – Light Search & Rescue Ops.

  • Estimated Completion Time: 2hr, 30min

Unit 8 – Terrorism & CERT
+ CERT Basic Final Exam Review

  • Estimated Completion Time: 1hr, 10min
  • Thursday, May 19th [6:00 - 7:30pm]
  • This session is optional
  • This session will take place virtually via Zoom
  • View meeting recording [This recording is from a prior CERT Training Session]

In-person Skills Training & Assessment/Skills Refreshers/Make for existing CERT members

  • Estimated Completion Time: 16h
  • POSTPONED: Saturday, May 21st [8:30am - 5pm]
  • POSTPONED: Sunday, May 22nd [8:30am - 5pm]
  • The CERT Skills Training & Assessment is a required meeting
  • This meeting is a two day event and will take place in-person
  • These dates are tentative and may be subject to change based operational need
  • Oakland CERT In Action - View Photos!

If you have been accepted into the current CERT training session, you should have received a Notice of CERT Training Acceptance via email.

NEXT STEPS: Attend one of the two scheduled and required Oakland CERT Welcome & Orientation meetings. All Oakland CERT Meeting dates and times are listed in the table below.

IMPORTANT
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  • A calendar invitation to both Welcome and Orientation meetings will be sent to everyone who received a Notice of CERT Training Acceptance. You only need to attend one Welcome and Orientation meeting. Please choose and attend the meeting time/date that works best for your schedule.
  • You do not need to "register" for any of the weekly meetings. Information to join the weekly meetings will be sent at least 24 hours in advance of the schedueled meeting. Attending at least one Welcome and Orientation meeting will ensure that you are on the e-mailing list to receive the training updates and alerts pertaining to your cohort.
  • A link to register for an account on the CalOES Training Platform was provided in your Notice of CERT Training Acceptance. Please consider setting up your e-learning account as soon as possible. If you are unable to accomplish this prior to the Welcome & Orientation session you have selected, no worries! We will cover this step at that time.

If you have questions in the meantime, email: CORE@OaklandCA.gov.

Future CERT Training Sessions

CERT Session Number & Start Dates CERT Registration Form Submitted Date Related Links

REGISTRATION PORTAL CLOSES: 1/14/22

NO REGISTRATIONS FOR CERT TRAINING ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME.

REGISTRATION PORTAL REOPENS: 3/21/22

REGISTRATION PORTAL REOPENS: 3/21/22

ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR CERT TRAINING SESSIONS:

  • 2022.2
  • 2022.3
  • 2022.4
  • 2023.1

REGISTRATION PORTAL CLOSES: 1/13/23

  • CERT Session: 2022.2
  • Session Dates: 4/22/22 - 5/22/22
  • Session Cap: 50
  • Priority will be given to groups of 3 or more registrants who represent the same "Organizational Tag"/have the same neighborhood affiliation
  • Priority will be given to individuals who have a physical or mailing address that is linked to any of the shaded areas, in accordance with this map.

Registrants will be notified via email at the email address provided on the registration form, by April 4, 2022.

  • CERT Session: 2022.3
  • Session Dates: 7/25/22 - 8/28/22
  • Session Cap: 50
  • Priority will be given to groups of 3 or more registrants who represent the same "Organizational Tag"/have the same neighborhood affiliation
  • Priority will be given to individuals who have a physical or mailing address that is linked to any of the shaded areas, in accordance with this map.

Registrants will be notified via email at the email address provided on the registration form, by June 24, 2022.

  • CERT Session: 2022.4
  • Session Dates: 12/1/22 - 12/4/22
  • Session Cap: 50
  • Priority will be given to groups of 3 or more registrants who represent the same "Organizational Tag"/have the same neighborhood affiliation
  • Priority will be given to individuals who have a physical or mailing address that is linked to any of the shaded areas, in accordance with this map.

Registrants will be notified via email at the email address provided on the registration form, by October 31, 2022.

In order to better facilitate the development of individual neighborhood teams, priority will be given to groups of 3 or more registrants who represent the same "Organizational Tag"/have the same neighborhood affiliation and to community members seeking to join a CERT in one of the City of Oakland's identified vulnerable/high hazard and risk communities or areas.

We encourage everyone to register for CERT training. If you have already submitted a registration form, you will be notified as space in the class becomes available, according to the schedule posted below. Session dates are subject to change based on operational need/capacity. All changes will be published on this website.

Oakland CERT In Action

After 33 hours of instruction, CERT Trainees safely gather in-person to complete their CERT Skills Training & Assessment. Upon successful completion of the CERT training, trainees are sworn in and become official City of Oakland Disaster Service Working Volunteers [DSW-V]. Here's what CERT training looks like IRL [in real life].

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Upon completing the CERT training course, participants should be able to take the necessary steps to safely secure themselves and their families. Beyond that, CERT Trained Volunteers are prepared for and expected to lead their communities by supporting the larger, government led response.

CERT graduates will be able to; recognize life-threatening conditions and apply appropriate life-saving techniques, conduct patient head-to-toe assessments, employ basic treatment for injuries, and understand disaster medical operations. CERT Participants should be able to identify and reduce potential fire hazards in their homes, workplaces, and neighborhoods and also perform basic fire suppression strategies, resources, and safety measures.

In addition to the above, trained CERT Volunteers will also be able to describe the post-disaster emotional environment and the steps that volunteers can take to relieve their own stressors and those of disaster survivors. The FEMA-CERT Curriculum will describe the most common techniques associated with light search and rescue operations including identifying planning and size-up requirements, searching a structure, debris removal, survivor extrication, and rescuer safety. This curriculum also helps to explain current terrorism trends and the measures CERT volunteers can take to increase preparedness before and safety during a terrorism incident.

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