CERT Training & Education

CERT Basic Training Courses

CERT courses are FREE and open to anyone 18 years and older.  La Verne CERT is part of the Area D disaster response region.  Each CERT course consists of 9 units including classroom instruction and hands-on exercises taught by a trained team of first responders and instructors who have completed a CERT Train-the-Trainer course conducted by the state training office for emergency management, or FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI).

Upon completion of the course, graduates will receive a certificate of completion and a CERT pack with vest, helmet, and other gear.  Graduates who reside in La Verne will be invited to join the Team after graduation to receive additional training and serve the community in various ways.  (Team membership is not required.)

CERT training follows a standardized curriculum. You may attend a course in any city to receive your certificate, then join La Verne CERT by providing a copy of your certificate.

Refresher Training

The skills we learn in CERT training quickly perish without use and require regular review and practice.  We will offer refresher classes in the various skills, and you may attend any CERT basic training course as a refresher.  We will post information about our own refresher training as they are scheduled.

Supplemental Training

In addition to the CERT basic training course and refresher training, we also offer periodic supplemental training for other skills such as traffic and crowd control, CPR classes, and Amateur Radio.

CPR / First Aid Training

Members are encouraged to be trained in CPR and First Aid.  Training resources and news about upcoming classes are posted here.

Amateur Radio Classes

The La Verne CERT program has a licensed and ARRL-registered instructor who offers free classes in amateur radio communications for the Technician and General class amateur licenses. Radio communications are essential during a disaster when other communications systems are down, and are a necessity for CERT team communications efforts.  Minimum 6 students per class. Sign up for the next class or request additional information.