CERT Basic Training is 20 hours, and is offered in Martinez on Tuesday evenings or Saturday mornings. Feel free to bring your own lunch, snacks and water.

We give you a training notebook during the first class. You can also find the entire CERT Training Manual online.

At the conclusion of the classes we offer a Training Review that covers medical triage and emergency medical, search and rescue with cribbing, and fire suppression.

If you wish to be sworn in as an official Martinez Disaster Service Worker (even if you were trained somewhere else), you’ll need to attend the Practical Disaster Exercise.

Our Most Recent Schedule

Tuesday Evening Classes

Tuesday evening classes are held from 6:00pm to 9:30pm, at the IBEW Hall, 1875 Arnold Dr., Martinez.

Sept. 10, 2019Unit 1Emergency Preparedness
Sept. 17, 2019Unit 2Fire Safety
Unit 6ICS/CERT Org.
Sept. 24, 2019Unit 3Medical; Triage
Classes resume at IBEW Hall
Oct. 1, 2019Unit 4Emergency Medical
Oct. 8, 2019Unit 5Search and Rescue
Unit 8Terrorism
Oct. 12, 2019
VoluntaryEmergency Radio Communications (see below)
Oct. 15, 2019Unit 7Disaster Psychology
Unit 9Final Quiz with Review
Oct. 19, 2019
VoluntaryPractical Review
Oct. 26, 2019
Required*Practical Disaster Exercise at Brentwood Community Center

Saturday Morning Classes

Saturday classes start at 8:00am and run until 1:00pm. Bring your lunch.

Sept. 14, 2019

Unit 1Emergency Preparedness
Unit 2Fire Safety

Sept. 21, 2019

Unit 3Medical; Triage
Unit 4Emergency Medical

Sept. 28, 2019

Unit 5Search and Rescue
Unit 7Disaster Psychology
Oct. 5, 2019Unit 6ICS/CERT Org.
Unit 8Terrorism
Unit 9Final Quiz with Review
Oct. 12, 2019VoluntaryEmergency Radio Communications (see below)
Oct. 19, 2019VoluntaryPractical Review
Oct. 26, 2019Required*Practical Disaster Exercise at Brentwood Community Center

* Required if you wish to become sworn in as a disaster service worker (DSW). This event is great practice even if DSW isn’t a goal for you.

FRS/GMRS Radio Class:

radio tower

CERT Emergency Communications
Saturday October 12th, 8AM-12PM
Martinez City Council Chambers, 525 Henrietta Street

CERT Emergency Communications Training is for CERT graduates (and those currently enrolled in the Basic Training class) who want to learn how to properly operate FRS/GMRS radios for use in a drill or disaster response. The goal is to encourage all CERT members to learn the skills needed for proper radio operations. No need to register, just show up (with your radio(s) if you have them).