Training: CERT Basic Course


Coming March 2019

The spring Basic Course training will be held from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on March 6, 7, 13, 14.  On Saturday March 16 starting at 9:00 a.m. there will be a review, written test and practical exercise followed by a pizza graduation party, which will end by noon. All classes will be held at the Green Valley Fire District Training Center, 1285 W. Camino Encanto, Green Valley.  The classes and instructors for each night will be announced in prior to the start of training.

For any questions, contact Paul at or use the Contact Us form on this website. You may also follow Green Valley CERT on Facebook.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: All are invited, especially neighborhood watch members, retired nurses, law enforcement and firefighters. However, no special skills are required. You will learn how to help your family and neighbors until First Responders arrive. The training is free. Upon completion you will be eligible, but not required, to join CERT; membership is completely voluntary.

FEMA IS-317: Introduction to CERT
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“Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams,” IS-317, is an independent study course that serves as an introduction to CERT for those wanting to complete training or as a refresher for current team members. It has six modules with topics that include an Introduction to CERT, Fire Safety, Hazardous Material and Terrorist Incidents, Disaster Medical Operations and Search and Rescue. It takes between six and eight hours to complete the course. Those who successfully finish it will receive a certificate of completion.

IS-317 can be taken by anyone interested in CERT. However, to become a CERT volunteer, one must complete the Basic Course classroom training outlined below.

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Safety & Utility Controls
  • Disaster Medical Operations, Part 1
  • Disaster Medical Operations, Part 2
  • Light Search & Rescue Operations
  • CERT Organization
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Terrorism & CERT
  • Course Review, Final Exam & Final Exercise