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Community Emergency Response Team Training [CERT]

Help us #ReadyOakland. Through training, individuals can manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the three killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective until professional first responders can arrive.

Community Emergency Response Team [CERT] Training

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After completing the CERT training, course graduates will:

  • Be able to identify and anticipate hazards in the home and workplace
  • Understand what steps to take in order to increase personal and family readiness
  • Be familiar with the Incident Command System and basic functions
  • Know how to organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers in a disaster or emergency
  • Know how to apply basic medical techniques/basic first aid
  • Be able to set up medical treatment areas
  • Know how to help reduce survivor and DSW-V stress
  • Know how to safely extinguish small fires
  • Be able to conduct light search and rescue activities
  • Be able to assist emergency responders in mass casualty incidents.
  • Understand the appropriate actions to take in an active shooter situation
  • Be able to promote CERT Training in Oakland

Oakland CERT Training is available free of charge, for Teens and Adults. Click here to register for a future CERT session.

Please Note: CERT training for adults is currently being offered via a hybrid model. Basic instruction will take place virtually. The hands-on instruction will be provided in-person. CERT training for teens will continue to be delivered in person.

Additionally, Oakland CERT training takes approximately 33 hours to complete. This is not inclusive of the optional Zoom “Office Hours” sessions that are listed in the table below. Please feel free to choose and join the Zoom Office Hours session that works best for your schedule. Additional information will be shared in the Welcome/Orientation meetings, once schedueled.

Current CERT Training Schedule

2022 [Session One] | Dates: 1/26/2022 - 3/6/2022

If you have been accepted into the current CERT training session, you should have recieved an email notice inviting you to attend one of the two Oakland CERT Welcome & Orientation sessions listed below.

IMPORTANT
: you do not need to "register" for any of the weekly sessions. A calendar invitation to the Welcome and Orientation sessions will be sent to everyone who recieved a notice of CERT Training Acceptance.

Additionally, you should have recieved the link to register for an account on the CalOES Training Platform. If you are unable to accomplish this prior to the Welcome & Orientation session you have selected, no worries! We will cover this step at that time. If you have any other questions in the meantime, please email: CORE@OaklandCA.gov.

Virtual Instruction Module Zoom Office Hour Date & Time

Welcome/Orientation

  • Estimated Completion Time: 1hr
  • Wednesday, January 26th [6:00 - 7:00pm] or Monday, January 31st [6:00 - 7:00pm]
  • This is a required session [you only need to attend one.]
  • This session will take place virtually via Zoom

Unit 1 – Disaster Preparedness

  • Estimated Completion Time: 2hr, 30min

Unit 2 – CERT Organization

  • Estimated Completion Time: 1hr, 5min
  • Wednesday, February 2 [6:00 - 7:30pm]
  • This session is optional
  • This session will take place virtually via Zoom
  • View meeting recording

Unit 3 – Disaster Medical Ops.

  • Estimated Completion Time: 2hr, 30min

Unit 4 – Disaster Medical Ops.

  • Estimated Completion Time: 1hr, 15min
  • Wednesday, February 9 [6:00 - 7:30pm]
  • This session is optional
  • This session will take place virtually via Zoom
  • View meeting recording

Unit 5 – Disaster Psychology

  • Estimated Completion Time: 2hr, 20min

Unit 6 – Fire & Utility Safety

  • Estimated Completion Time: 2hr, 50min
  • Wednesday, February 16 [6:00 - 7:30pm]
  • This session is optional
  • This session will take place virtually via Zoom
  • View meeting recording

Unit 7 – Light Search & Rescue Ops.

  • Estimated Completion Time: 2hr, 30min

Unit 8 – Terrorism & CERT
+ CERT Basic Final Exam Review

  • Estimated Completion Time: 1hr, 10min
  • Wednesday, February 23 [6:00 - 7:30pm]
  • This session is optional
  • This session will take place virtually via Zoom
  • View meeting recording

In-person Skills Training & Assessment/Skills Refreshers/Make for existing CERT members

  • Estimated Completion Time: 16h
  • Saturday, March 5th [8am - 5pm]
  • Sunday, March 6th [8am - 5pm]
  • Additional dates may be added in April 2022 for those who are unable to attend the new dates in March [TBD]
  • This is a required session
  • This session will take place in-person
  • This is a two day event
  • These dates are tentative and may be subject to change based operational need

Future CERT Training Sessions

IMPORTANT: Beginning in 2022 in anticipation of CERT Session 2 [2022.2], priority will be given to groups of 3 or more registrants who represent the same "Organizational Tag"/have the same neighborhood affiliation. These changes will be implemented in order to better facilitate the development of individual neighborhood teams.

We encourage everyone to register for CERT training. If you have already submitted a registration form, you will be notified as space in the class becomes available according to the schedule posted below.

*Session dates are subject to change based on operational need/capacity. All changes will be published here.

CERT Session Number & Start Dates CERT Registration Form Submitted Date Related Links

REGISTRATION PORTAL CLOSES: 1/14/22

NO REGISTRATIONS FOR CERT TRAINING ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME.

REGISTRATION PORTAL REOPENS: 3/21/22

  • CERT Session: 2022.1
  • Session Dates: 1/26/22 - 2/27/2022
  • Session Cap: 50

Course acceptance will granted to individuals who registered between: 3/14/21 and 11/30/21.

If you do not know when you submitted your registration, please contact: CORE@OaklandCA.gov

If you submitted a registration for CERT Training between 3/14/21 and now, please keep an eye out for an email from CORE@OaklandCA.gov

Registrants will be notified via email at the email address provided on the registration form, by November 30, 2021.

REGISTRATION PORTAL REOPENS: 3/21/22

ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR CERT TRAINING SESSIONS:

  • 2022.2
  • 2022.3
  • 2022.4
  • 2023.1

REGISTRATION PORTAL CLOSES: 1/13/23

  • CERT Session: 2022.2
  • Session Dates: 4/22/22 - 5/22/22
  • Session Cap: 50
  • Priority will be given to groups of 3 or more registrants who represent the same "Organizational Tag"/have the same neighborhood affiliation
  • Priority will be given to individuals who have a physical or mailing address that is linked to any of the shaded areas, in accordance with this map.

TBD

  • CERT Session: 2022.3
  • Session Dates: 7/29/22 - 8/28/22
  • Session Cap: 50
  • Priority will be given to groups of 3 or more registrants who represent the same "Organizational Tag"/have the same neighborhood affiliation
  • Priority will be given to individuals who have a physical or mailing address that is linked to any of the shaded areas, in accordance with this map.

TBD

  • CERT Session: 2022.4
  • Session Dates: 12/1/22 - 12/5/22
  • Session Cap: 50
  • Priority will be given to groups of 3 or more registrants who represent the same "Organizational Tag"/have the same neighborhood affiliation
  • Priority will be given to individuals who have a physical or mailing address that is linked to any of the shaded areas, in accordance with this map.

TBD

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After 33 hours of instruction, CERT Trainees safely gather in-person to complete their CERT Skills Training & Assessment. Upon successful completion of the CERT training, trainees are sworn in and become official City of Oakland Disaster Service Working Volunteers [DSW-V].

Here's what CERT training looks like IRL [in real life].

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Upon completing the CERT training course, participants should be able to take the necessary steps to safely secure themselves and their families. Beyond that, CERT Trained Volunteers are prepared for and expected to lead their communities by supporting the larger, government led response.

CERT graduates will be able to; recognize life-threatening conditions and apply appropriate life-saving techniques, conduct patient head-to-toe assessments, employ basic treatment for injuries, and understand disaster medical operations. CERT Participants should be able to identify and reduce potential fire hazards in their homes, workplaces, and neighborhoods and also perform basic fire suppression strategies, resources, and safety measures.

In addition to the above, trained CERT Volunteers will also be able to describe the post-disaster emotional environment and the steps that volunteers can take to relieve their own stressors and those of disaster survivors. The FEMA-CERT Curriculum will describe the most common techniques associated with light search and rescue operations including identifying planning and size-up requirements, searching a structure, debris removal, survivor extrication, and rescuer safety. This curriculum also helps to explain current terrorism trends and the measures CERT volunteers can take to increase preparedness before and safety during a terrorism incident.

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