CERT Training & Education

CERT courses are FREE and open to anyone 18 years and older.  La Verne CERT is part of the Area D disaster response region.  The CERT course outline consists of 8 units 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).

Current and upcoming La Verne CERT Basic Training Courses

  • Next La Verne CERT Courses:  2020  (to be announced)

You may also attend a course in another city to receive your certificate. Then, to join La Verne CERT, take a copy of your certificate to Lauren Burtz (any time 8am-noon or 1pm-6pm Monday-Thursday, at 2061 Third Street, La Verne) or email a copy to her at LBurtz@lavernefire.org.  A list of upcoming local CERT courses is posted in the right-hand column of our website (see “LOCAL CERT COURSES”).

Need to make up a missed class?  You can make up missed classes &by attending them in the next La Verne CERT course or in another city.  Formal enrollment in the course is not necessary; just attend the class on the date scheduled.  Be sure to contact the program as indicated on the course flyer to verify the date and other details in case of any unexpected schedule changes.  If you take a make-up class with another city’s CERT program, take our Make-up Class form with you to each class, and send the completed and signed form to lburtz@lavernefire.org to receive credit and obtain your La Verne CERT 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.