CERT Course Outline

The CERT Basic Training course consists of the following classes:

UNIT 1: Disaster Preparedness

  • Introduction to types of disasters and their impact on infrastructures
  • Identification of hazards
  • Description of various risks and how to reduce or eliminate them
  • How to plan and prepare to be ready
  • Role of CERTs in disaster response

UNIT 2: Fire Safety and Utility Controls

  • Fire chemistry and basic fire suppression
  • Identifying and reducing potential fire hazards
  • Firefighting resources and techniques
  • Introduction to Hazardous Materials Incidents

UNIT 3: Disaster Medical Operations I

  • Treatment strategies for life-threatening conditions
  • Principles of triage

UNIT 4: Disaster Medical Operations II

  • Head-to-toe patient assessments
  • Establishing treatment areas
  • Treatments for burns, lacerations, fractures, sprains, and other injuries

UNIT 5: Light Search and Rescue Operations

  • Search and rescue priories and resources
  • Size-up techniques and rescuer safety
  • Lifting, cribbing, and victim removal

UNIT 6: CERT Organization

  • CERT structure and the Incident Command System
  • CERT mobilization
  • Decision-making and documentation

UNIT 7: Disaster Psychology

  • Psychological impact of a disaster on rescuers and victims
  • Providing “psychological first aid” to yourself, team members, and survivors

UNIT 8: Terrorism and CERT

  • Risk and threat analysis
  • Types of terrorism weapons
  • Travel and terrorism

UNIT 9: Course Review and Simulation

  • Course review
  • Disaster simulation exercise