CERT Basic Course: Fall 2021


The Fall 2021 Basic CERT course, originally scheduled to begin on 9/2/21 has unfortunately been postponed due to a lack of training space for our hands-on training. We are exploring other options and will reschedule the training as soon as possible.

The Basic CERT course is free and is appropriate for ages 14 and up. There are no required books or hidden fees. Everything you need will be provided for you.

We currently have several open spots on our team. However, we also understand the value of increasing our community’s number of trained spontaneous volunteers. Gaining the skills you need to help yourself, your family and your neighborhoods will make a huge difference during a large disaster. So, there is no requirement to join the team in order to take the course. During the course you will learn about risk factors and natural hazards both locally and across Oregon. You’ll also discover many ways that you can help your community both prepare for, and recover from, natural disasters.

Sign up for the CERT Basic Course Fall 2021 Postponed

Courses are structured in modular format and are delivered by experienced Instructors who are subject matter experts in their fields. Our Senior Instructional Team is comprised of 5 Instructors who have completed both Oregon OEM and FEMA CERT TTT coursework.  Our remaining 5 adult Instructors have completed Oregon OEM CERT TTT course deliveries and most are also certified Instructor/Trainers in Firefighting, EMS, Military, Law Enforcement and Public Education fields.  We currently have 1 Teen Instructor in our program.

The Basic CERT Course is the foundation course for the entire program and is required for Team Membership.  However, we strongly believe that improving our communities resiliency in the face of a disaster hinges upon providing this training to any, and every, citizen who desires to do so.  Therefore, the course is offered free of charge and team membership is NOT required.

While the Basic Course is offered 3 times each year as part of our training program, we are also able to accommodate community groups and organizations seeking dedicated deliveries to their members.

Basic CERT Course

Our Basic CERT Course is 30 hours in length and covers 10 modules:

Module 1: Disaster Preparedness and Local Hazards
Module 2: Light Fire Suppression and HAZMAT Protocols
Module 3: Mass Disaster Triage
Module 4: Mass Disaster Treatment
Module 5: Light Urban Search & Rescue
Module 6: Radio Communications
Module 7: CERT Structure and the Incident Command System
Module 8: Disaster Psychology
Module 9: Terrorism Awareness
Module 10: Simulated Disaster Exercise

Additional Course Deliveries Available Upon Request

  • G317 CERT Basic Course – Oregon OEM Sanctioned Statewide Delivery
  • G428 CERT Train The Trainer (TTT) – Oregon OEM Sanctioned Statewide Delivery
  • G427 CERT Program Manager – Oregon OEM Sanctioned Statewide Delivery
  • CERT Animal Response Modules 1 & 2
  • CERT Tools for Leadership Success
  • CERT Traffic and Crowd Management

Polk CERT Monthly Training Sessions

Polk CERT conducts monthly training classes. These are interactive training sessions where you will have the opportunity to train alongside other CERT members while developing your capabilities to respond effectively in a variety of emergency situations. These monthly training sessions are open for community members to participate in. Bring your family members, neighbors and associates. Introduce them to CERT and emergency preparedness. See the monthly training schedule.

EMI Self-Study Courses

Following are some selected courses from the EMI self-study portal.  Polk CERT members, please send certificates of completion to Kimber Townsend to get credit for the training hours.

Introduction to Hazardous Materials 

Animals in Disaster: Awareness and Preparedness

Animals in Disaster: Community Planning

Livestock in Disasters

CERT Supplemental Training: The Incident Command System

Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters