C.E.R.T. training helps people respond to emergencies in  ways  that do the Most Good for the Most People.

CERT training focuses on situations:

  1. of large numbers of casualties
  2. where professional medical help will NOTbe soon available.

Because of this focus, CERT training is different than Red Cross training.

CERT Training is available both on-line and via physical classrooms.

CERT Training

Basic CERT Training is conducted jointly by Orem City and Provo City twice per year, in the spring (March-April) and fall (September-October) and consists of nine class sessions (6 classes, a review, a pre-mock and a mock drill). Here is a picture from a previous CERT Training mock drill.


CERT classes take place on Tuesday evenings in Orem at the Orem Senior Friendship Center and on Thursday evenings in Provo at the Fire Station # 3, from 6:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.  Class members can attend on whichever day of the week (Tuesday or Thursday) best suits their schedule each week. So, if something comes up one one, particular Tuesday evening, just go to the Thursday class.

You can register here for the next CERT training classes.

The material cost for physical classroom CERT training is $35.00. Once you are CERT trained, you may re-attend future CERT classes or refresher courses at no additional cost.

On-line Training Material and On-line Coursework


Learning Emergency Response Skills That Will Save Lives

The goals of Community Emergency Response Teams and CERT training are to:

  • Save the most number of lives possible  through large-casualty type triage/first aid.
  • Help rescuers to avoid becoming victims themselves during rescue operations. In several recent disasters in California, Japan and Honduras, neighbors rushed to the rescue of their neighbors only to become victims themselves.

Everyone should be CERT Trained!

The Safety of CERT Responders is the Highest Priority...
So the CERT Curriculum Teaches Safe Methods  of Search & Rescue, Fire-Suppression, First-Aid and Transport of Wounded


You will learn how to correctly triage an injured person in between 30 to 60 seconds. This is essential to saving the most number of lives.


You will learn how to set up and run a “CERT medical center” where victims can receive  stabilization care for their injuries.


You will learn the right way for doing fire suppression... and how the buddy system keeps one safe while suppressing fires.


You will learn how, as a CERT team, to safely extricate people from heavy rubble through leverage and cribbing.


You will learn how to safely transport injured persons away from dangerous areas to locations where they can receive further treatment.


You will learn how to recognize when it is safe to enter damaged buildings and when it is not. You will also learn to recognize electrical, gas, and many other types of hazards.

The basic idea is to use CERT to safely perform many of the large number of tasks needed in emergencies until trained professional responders arrive on the scene, and even afterwards in order to free professional responders for the most technical and dangerous tasks. Much of CERT training concerns the Incident Command System and organization, so CERT members fit easily into larger command structures.

CERT teams deploy when an emergency hits their locality and also to help other localities, when requested. CERT leaders communicate via  amateur radio, FRS, GMRS or MURS radio and by runner.

CERT teams perform data gathering, especially to locate mass-casualties requiring professional response, or situations requiring professional rescues, as well as simple fire-fighting tasks (for example, small fires, turning off gas), light search and rescue, damage evaluation of structures, triage and first aid. In the longer term, CERTs may assist in the evacuation of residents, or assist with setting up a neighborhood shelter or morgue.

You don’t need any previous first aid, or emergency response training to become CERT trained. What you learn may even save you, or a loved one.