CERT Train-the-Trainer

Course Purpose

The purpose of this Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Train-the-Trainer
(T-T-T) course is to produce competent instructors for the CERT Basic Training course.
A competent CERT instructor:

  • Delivers the CERT Basic Training course accurately, conveying the messages and intent of the CERT Program (e.g., safety, teamwork, and place in overall community emergency operations plan).
  • Assures that participants achieve the objectives of the CERT Basic Training course.
  • Delivers training effectively and at an appropriate level, thus enabling participants to learn and correctly apply skill sets.
  • Creates a comfortable and managed learning environment.


Overall Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the CERT Basic Training course.
  • Demonstrate the ability to present an assigned portion of the course (teach-back).
  • Communicate the core values of the program.
  • Demonstrate classroom management techniques.
  • Demonstrate effective teaching techniques.
  • Model appropriate behavior as an instructor. In addition to the overall course objectives listed above, each unit has specific objectives.


Target Audience

The target audience for this course includes the following:

  • People who will serve as the course manager for the CERT Basic Training course. This course manager would have the authority to designate instructors to teach selected units.
  • People who will be CERT Basic Training course instructors in any capacity. Note: Individuals who conduct only one or two of the units may do so without taking the CERT T-T-T course. However, the CERT T-T-T course would give them a necessary overview of the CERT Basic Training course as well as improve their instructional skills.



The prerequisites for attending the CERT T-T-T course include:

  • Must have a referral from a CERT sponsoring agency. The CERT sponsoring agency could be a local, regional, or state government public safety agency.
  • If the CERT T-T-T course is sponsored by a State CERT coordinating agency (CaliforniaVolunteers), the participant must have approval from that agency as well.
  • Must have taken the CERT Basic Training course.


Course Schedule

CERT Train-the-Trainer courses are provided by at the Federal, State, and Local level. Contact California Volunteers for a calendar of scheduled courses.