CERT Training

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

Do you know how to assist your neighbors and co-workers in any emergency situation? Will you be able to help if Emergency Services are delayed? If your answer was not a resounding yes, then consider taking the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training course offered by Montgomery County.

Montgomery County’s enhanced Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course will prepare you for common emergencies situations and the hazards and disasters that may impact the DC Metro area. The course is five weeks long; approximately 32 hours of instruction and hands on exercises.

Register for the Next Class

The Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) Course #2018-02 will start on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, and wrap up, with a final practical exercise, on Saturday, April 7, 2018. We will take the week of March 25th-April 1st off to observe the Spring holiday break.

Classes held twice a week, Wednesday Evenings from 7–9 PM and Saturday mornings from 9 AM–1 PM, at the Public Safety Headquarters (100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878). For more information, please contact the MC CERT Registrar @ registrar@montgomerycert.org.


This class is now full. If you would like to join future CERT Basic Trainings, please join our waitlist by clicking below on our registration,


What CERT Training Teaches

This course covers the FEMA CERT training course material which includes fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster response. Additionally, this course includes CPR/AED training and certification.

Other topics covered are:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • First Aid, Personal Protection, and CPR /AED
  • Mass Casualty Response and Triage / Disaster Medical Operations
  • FRS Radio Use
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness
  • Incident Command System (NIMS)
  • Pet Safety
  • Damage Assessment
  • Terrorism Awareness
  • Team well-being and Disaster Psychology
  • … and more.

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Please direct your training questions to our Training Coordinator at training@montgomerycert.org.