Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Community Emergency Response Team Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.


CERT members receive 17 ½ hours of initial training. The 7-week course is followed by full-day bi-annual refresher drills, and an opportunity to assist the LAFD at local incidents.

CERT training is provided FREE of charge within the City of Los Angeles to anyone 18 or over.

*** Please be advised because of the restrictions of public assembly due to the COVID-19 National Emergency, all of the in person community events have been canceled.

CERT hybrid online & in-person training

In person classes have halted since March 2020 due to the Pandemic, but a hybrid CERT program is available.

The hybrid CERT training is a partnership with the National CERT Association, California Governors Offices of Emergency Services (CalOES), Listos California, and the Utah Division of Emergency Management.

This training is developed to provide the FEMA standardized 2019 curriculum to learners across the United States, meeting the lecture portion of the CERT training requirements. Once completed, you just follow up with your local CERT Coordinator to complete the hands-on practical portion and receive your full CERT credentials.

This FREE training includes:

  1. An online lecture portion
  2. In-person, hands-on, practical portion
  1. Online Lectures (At your own pace and convenience):
  • Estimated Time = 12 hours
  • Access it on your mobile device or computer.
  • Complete it at your pace and at your convenience.
  • Course progress will be saved and can be resumed later.
  • Must be completed before the hands-on, practical portion of your training.

2. In-Person, Hands-On Practical Skills Training:

  • Estimated Time = 16 hours
  • Date and Time: TBD (Based on County Public Health Orders)