Community Emergency Response Training



The Ventura City Fire Department will be hosting our next CERT series in the Fall of 2017.  To be added to our email notification list for class announcement please email your contact information to:  



What is CERT?

CERT is a program of Citizen Corps, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's approach to involve citizens in emergency preparedness, and is funded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The function of CERT is to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following a major disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to meet the demand for service. After the training, CERT students will be better prepared to take care of themselves and their community.

What Will I Learn?

CERT students will receive approximately 20 hours of hands-on training from professionals in emergency management, and will receive training in:

  • Disaster/emergency preparedness
  • Fire safety and suppression
  • Disaster medical (treatment and triage evaluation)
  • Light search and rescue
  • Organizing/managing a CERT team
  • Disaster psychology
  • Terrorism and CERT

A disaster simulation drill is conducted during the last class.  Graduates receive a CERT backpack starter kit and a certificate verifying their training.

Who Can Attend CERT?

If you are 18  years of age or older (16 & 17 years with parent/guardian consent) and are committed to serve our community by assisting your family and neighbors during emergencies or disaster situations, you are welcome to attend.

How Do I Enroll?

Applicants are enrolled on a first-come basis and class size is limited.  You will receive an email notification once your application has been approved.  Priority registration is given to Ventura City residents.

Complete the application and return via:

PLEASE NOTE: You must SAVE a copy of the application to your computer and then fill it out.  You can then attach it in your email to

What If I Miss a Class?

If you are unable to attend any of the six sessions in Ventura, you may sit in on a training session at a different location. Please check the Ventura County CERT Program Calendar at

You are responsible for completing the Makeup form, signed by the instructor, and returning it to the Ventura instructor. 


CERT training is offered in these neighboring cities:

  • Camarillo
  • Fillmore
  • Moorpark
  • Oak Park
  • Ojai Valley
  • Oxnard
  • Piru
  • Santa Paula
  • Santa Rosa Valley
  • Simi Valley
  • Thousand Oaks

Additional Information

An independent study course,  "Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams", IS-317, is also available and serves as an introduction to CERT for those wanting to complete training or as a refresher for current team members

For additional information visit or