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: There is currently a waitlist for CERT Training. Course acceptance will be granted on a "first come, first served basis". Beginning in 2022 in anticipation of CERT Session 2 [2022.2], priority will be given to groups of 3 or more registrants who represent the same "Organizational Tag"/have the same neighborhood affiliation. These changes will be implemented in order to better facilitate the development of individual neighborhood teams.

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 be published here.

Please Note: CERT training is being offered via a hybrid model. Basic instruction will take place virtually. The hands-on instruction will be provided in-person.

Additionally, Oakland CERT training takes approximately 33 hours to complete. This is not inclusive of the optional Zoom “Office Hours” sessions that are listed in the table below. Please feel free to choose and join the Zoom Office Hours session that works best for your schedule. Additional information will be shared in the Welcome/Orientation meetings, once schedueled.

CERT Training Schedule

2022 Session One | Dates: 1/26 - 2/27

Virtual Instruction Module Zoom Office Hour Date & Time

Welcome/Orientation

  • Estimated Completion Time: 1hr
  • Wednesday, January, 126th [6:00 - 7:00pm] or Monday, January, 30th [6:00 - 7:00pm]
  • This is a required session [you only need to attend one.]

Unit 1 – Disaster Preparedness

  • Estimated Completion Time: 2hr, 30min

Unit 2 – CERT Organization

  • Estimated Completion Time: 1hr, 5min
  • Wednesday, TBD [6:00 - 7:30pm]
  • This session is optional

Unit 3 – Disaster Medical Ops.

  • Estimated Completion Time: 2hr, 30min

Unit 4 – Disaster Medical Ops.

  • Estimated Completion Time: 1hr, 15min
  • Wednesday, TBD [6:00 - 7:30pm]
  • This session is optional

Unit 5 – Disaster Psychology

  • Estimated Completion Time: 2hr, 20min

Unit 6 – Fire & Utility Safety

  • Estimated Completion Time: 2hr, 50min
  • Wednesday, TBD [6:00 - 7:30pm]
  • This session is optional
  • Meeting Agenda/Participant Recap - not available

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
  • Wednesday, TBD [6:00 - 7:30pm]
  • This session is optional

CERT Skills Review & General Course Refreshers

  • Saturday, TBD [9:30am - 11:30am]
  • Saturday, TBD [5:30pm - 7:30pm]

*Review essions will be hosted on Zoom and are optional.

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

  • Estimated Completion Time: 16h
  • Saturday, TBD [8am - 5pm]
  • Sunday, TBD [8am - 5pm]
  • This is a required session
  • This is a two day event
  • These dates are tentative and may be subject to change based operational need

Upcoming CERT Training Sessions

CERT Session Number & Start Dates CERT Registration Form Submitted Date Related Links
  • CERT Session: 2021.1
  • Session Dates: 2/6/21 - 5/23/2021

Course acceptance was granted to individuals who registered between: 1/25/21 - 2/5/21

If you do not know when you submitted your registration, please contact: CORE@OaklandCA.gov

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated in our CERT Beta Session!

We hope that you will stay engaged and join us for future CORE Program DSW-Volunteer Opportunities!

  • CERT Session: 2021.2
  • Session Dates: 9/1/21 - 10/3/2021
  • Session Cap: 50

Course acceptance will granted to individuals who registered between: 2/6/21 - 3/13/21

If you do not know when you submitted your registration, please contact: CORE@OaklandCA.gov

If you submitted a registration for CERT Training between 2/6/21 and 3/13/21, please keep an eye out for an email from CORE@OaklandCA.gov.

All 50 registrants will be notified via email at the email address provided on the registration form, by July 31, 2021.

  • CERT Session: 2022.1
  • Session Dates: 1/26/22 - 2/27/2022
  • Session Cap: 50

Course acceptance will granted to individuals who registered between: 3/14/21 and now - until we get to 50 registrants.

If you do not know when you submitted your registration, please contact: CORE@OaklandCA.gov

If you submitted a registration for CERT Training between 3/14/21 and now, please keep an eye out for an email from CORE@OaklandCA.gov

Registrants will be notified via email at the email address provided on the registration form, by November 30, 2021.

  • CERT Session: 2022.2
  • Session Dates: TBD
  • 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.

TBD

  • CERT Session: 2022.3
  • Session Dates: TBD
  • 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.

TBD

  • CERT Session: 2022.4
  • Session Dates: TBD
  • 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.

TBD

2021 CERT Launch!

After ten weeks of virtual instruction, CERT Trainees safely gathered in-person to complete their CERT Skills Training & Assessment. Upon successful completion of the CERT training, each trainee was sworn in and made an official City of Oakland Disaster Service Working Volunteer [DSW-V]. Here are some of the skills they learned!

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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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