Academy Schedule

East County CERT

What is required:

Part 1

Successfully complete the nine (9) modules CERT Online Basic Training Course between February 1 and March 1, 2024. At the end of each module, there is a quiz that must be passed prior to going to the next module. At the end of the nine modules there will be a final, open book exam. 

The on-line portion is approximately 18-20 hours. The course can be taken at any time and you can complete as many sections as you like with each login. 

Completion of this section is required in order to move on to Part 2. 

Part 2

Participate in the final Search and Rescue exercise on Saturday, March 2, 2024, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

Parts 1 and 2 must be fully completed in order to become an East County CERT volunteer team member. As space is limited, please do not sign up for this training unless you have the time to fully complete the entire course and participate in the Search and Rescue exercise. 

All volunteers must meet these baseline requirements: 

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Agree to and successfully pass a criminal background check. Must be completed before we can issue CERT ID card. (No charge to applicant, Fees paid by East County CERT)
  • Attend a minimum of three bi-monthly CERT general meetings per year
  • Volunteer for three public events per calendar year or actively participate on one of our CERT subcommittees
  • Completion of FEMA IS 100 & IS 200 on-line classes (Free)
  • Attend the following supplemental training classes:
    • Shelter Operations 
    • Shelter Hands-On Training

How to Apply:

  1. Complete and submit the online application. Note; Submitting an application does not guarantee a place in the 2024 academy.  
  2. Attend an on-line interview. Once your application has been submitted, you will be contacted for your interview. 

You can also contact  Andy McKellar, CERT Program Manager, for more information about our program.