This section includes all of the curriculum developed for the CERT program, and features instructor guides, participant manuals, and slide decks for conducting the CERT training. In addition to the basic CERT training, materials are also available for the CERT Train-the-Trainer and Program Manager Courses, as well as the CERT supplemental modules, which are intended to provide additional training in specific areas to participants who have already completed the basic course. Basic CERT training materials are available in Spanish, Low Vision, and Screen Reader formats. From this page, users can also access the IS-317 course, which is an introduction to the CERT curriculum.
CERT Training Materials
FEMA IS-317: Introduction to CERT (On-line)
"Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams," IS-317, is an independent study course that serves as an introduction to CERT for those wanting to complete training or as a refresher for current team members. It has six modules with topics that include an Introduction to CERT, Fire Safety, Hazardous Material and Terrorist Incidents, Disaster Medical Operations and Search and Rescue. It takes between six and eight hours to complete the course. Those who successfully finish it will receive a certificate of completion.
IS-317 can be taken by anyone interested in CERT. However, to become a CERT volunteer, one must complete the classroom training offered by a local government agency such as the emergency management agency, fire or police department. Contact your local emergency manager to learn about the local education and training opportunities available to you. Let this person know about your interest in taking CERT training.
CERT Basic Training Course Materials
- English version of the CERT Instructor Guide
- English version of the CERT Participant Manual
- English version of the CERT PowerPoint Slides
- CERT Basic Training Materials (Low Vision Version)
- CERT Basic Training Participant Manual (Screen Reader Version)
- Descargar Materiales de CERT Capacitación Básica (Instructor Guide in Spanish)
- Descargar Manual del Participante de CERT Capacitación Básica (Participant Manual in Spanish)
- Descargar Diapositivas de PowerPoint de CERT Capacitación Básica (PowerPoint Slides in Spanish)
CERT Train-the-Trainer Course Materials
- CERT Train-the-Trainer Course Instructor Guide
- CERT Train-the-Trainer Course Participant Manual
- CERT Train-the-Trainer Course PowerPoint Slides
CERT Program Manager Course Materials
- CERT Program Manager Course Instructor Guide
- CERT Program Manager Course Partcipant Manual
- CERT Program Manager Course PowerPoint Slides
CERT Supplemental Training