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CERT Train the Trainer Virtual Courses

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CERT and Communities

FEMA is excited to introduce CERT Train-the-Trainer in a virtual format. By delivering this course virtually, the Agency hopes to reach new audiences and bolster the capabilities of existing CERT teams. Furthermore, FEMA is pleased to offer additional opportunities to enroll virtual course on sheltering operations.  

Explore these two free courses, offered through FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI). The courses will be delivered completely online via Adobe Connect . There is no cost associated with either course, but students must have a FEMA Student Identification number (SID), a computer with microphone, speaker, and stable access to the internet. Visit the FEMA Student Identification System to obtain the FEMA SID number.

K0428 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Train-the-Trainer (Virtually Facilitated)

The audience for this course includes those who will have or currently have either of the following responsibilities: Serves as the course manager for the CERT Basic Training course, or serves as a CERT Basic Training course instructor.

Participants in this course must have:

  1. A referral from a CERT-sponsoring agency, typically a local, regional, or state government agency.
  2. Completed the CERT Basic Training, required if you are not a first responder.
  3. Completed the IS-317: Introduction to CERT , if you are a current first responder. This course will familiarize you with the CERT Program.

Course Length: Total Time: 24 hours over 2 weeks, and 4 hours of self-study. Class Time: 24 hours (ET). 

Course Dates:

  • August 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 [2 pm - 6 pm ET]
  • September 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 [12 pm - 4 pm ET]

Allotted time for technical difficulties (2 hours)

K0419 Shelter Field Guide Training for State and Local Communities (Virtually Facilitated)

This course was developed by the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to train participants in sheltering practices and techniques. It is designed for use with its companion piece, the Shelter Field Guide. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Length: Total Time: 10 hours over 2 days. Class Time: 8 hours (ET).

Course Dates:


Course Dates

Last Day to Register


19, 20: 11am-4pm

December 31, 2021

25, 26: 12-5pm

January 5, 2022


16, 17: 11am-4pm

January 27, 2022

22, 23: 12-5pm

February 2, 2022


23, 24: 11am-4pm

March 2, 2022

29, 30: 12-5pm

March 2, 2022


20, 21: 11am-4pm

March 31, 2022

26, 27: 12-5pm

April 6, 2022


18, 19: 11am-4pm

April 28, 2022

24, 25: 12-5pm

May 3, 2022


21, 22: 11am-4pm

June 1, 2022

29, 30: 12-5pm

June 7, 2022

Allotted time for technical difficulties (2 hours)

To Apply:

Prospective students for both courses should apply through the Emergency Management lnstitute's online admissions system


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