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CERT Basic Training Class Materials

As of Spring2020 CERT, training classes may consist of online training and in-person hands-on training.

The online slide presentations include interactive quizzes for each unit.

Trainees must complete the online training & pass quizzes prior to participation at the hands-on classes. Proof of completion of online training is required.

The URL for the online portion of the training is sent to trainees after they register for training here.

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=============  TRAINING MATERIAL BELOW IS FROM SPRING 2019 CLASSES    =====================




* NEW 2019 CERT FEMA Participant Manual referenced in homeworks below is available in English, SpanishSimplified Chinese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, & Vietnamese at

* NOTE that the homeworks for CERT classes are not at the ones at the end of each Unit section in the FEMA manual. The homeworks for Walnut Creek CERT classes are linked below in each 'homework' line.


Unit 0 Introduction to Walnut Creek CERT

  • slides [PDF] - 3 slides per page, 6 slides per page (updated 2019-04-09)
  • slides [Powerpoint]  (updated 2019-04-09)
  • handouts:
  • How CERT Works In Walnut Creek
    • Walnut Creek has 8 CERT areas, all stocked with emergency response supplies. CERT graduates are assigned to a CERT Area based on where they live.
    • In the event of emergency, CERTs gather at their CERT Staging Area and work together as trained in the CERT Program. See the CERT Activation: Deployment Information section at the bottom of this page.
    • Maps for the 8 CERT neighborhood areas in Walnut Creek.
    • The welcome letter sent to new CERT graduates provides more details.
  • Unit 1 Disaster Preparedness & Pet Emergency Preparedness

    Unit 2 Fire Safety and Utility Controls

    (Unit 2a) Walnut Creek CERT Radio Communications (Comms)

    Unit 3 Disaster Medical Operations (DMO) - Part 1

    Unit 4 Disaster Medical Operations (DMO) - Part 2

    Unit 5 Light Search and Rescue Operations

    • NEW presentation for online training - slides [PDF] - 3 slides per page, 6 slides per page - coming soon
    • NEW presentation for online training - slides [Powerpoint] - coming soon
    • slides [PDF] - 3 slides per page, 6 slides per page
    • slides [Powerpoint]
    • videos - all video URLs are embedded in slides
    • homework
      • BEFORE class - homework on FEMA manual*
      • AFTER class -
        • review handouts
        • homework - practice search markings for FTMF scenarios 1 - 7 (see scenarios in Unit 5a below)
        • homework - scenarios 8 - 10 for search marking examples 8 - 10
        • watch electrical safety video 'This Might Shock You: Downed Power Line’ by Puget Sound Energy
          • notes for video: "If you come across a downed power line, stay as far away from it as you can and call [911 or Pacific Gas & Electric at 1-800-743-5002]. Assume it is live. Never touch a downed power line or anything near it. Do not drive over down power lines. Should a power line fall on your car when you're driving, slowly continue to move completely clear of it. If your car can't move away from the power line, stay in the car until help arrives. If a person or pet comes in contact with a power line, stay clear and call 911 immediately. Do not touch them or the wire. If you watch carefully, you’ll notice that we missed a couple of important safety issues. While filming the video, we neglected to make sure each driver was wearing their seat belt. It’s important to be safe around electricity and to always wear your seat belt and never text while driving."
    • handouts

    (Unit 5a) Walnut Creek CERT Comms Field Team Message Form (FTMF)

    Unit 6 CERT Organization

    Unit 7 Disaster Psychology

    Unit 8 Terrorism and CERT

    (Unit 8a) Walnut Creek CERT Animal Response


    To test your knowledge at the end of the classes, take the course review & final exam online here.


    This page updated 2020-02-20.

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