Training

Sacramento CERT training is provided to applicants at no cost. Funding for training is made possible through grants the Fire Department receives from the Department of Homeland Security, Sacramento CERT fundraising events, and donations from citizens and companies in the Sacramento region.

We offer both CERT qualification training courses and specialized advanced training.

Level 3 (Basic CERT)

CERT Basic Qualification Training

The Level III Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) 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. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

This is the entry level qualification for the Sacramento Community Emergency Response Team.

This program involves training over a three week period, typically with Tuesday night and Saturday sessions.

The courses to be covered are:

Students can click on any of the links above to access the FEMA materials used for these courses.

Level III CERT qualification is a pre-requisite for all advanced training, and for participating in any CERT activities.

Classes are scheduled periodically.  Please use the “Join CERT” form to request being added to the roster for our upcoming classes.

The Sacramento CERT team is organized into Battalions based on their home address (north or south of the American River).  This gives the members a chance to get to know everyone else in their area, and to meet and plan what they would do in the event that something were to happen in their area.  Those belonging to the City CERT and residing outside the city limits are welcome to associate with the closest group to their residence and to be an active member of CERT.

FEMA CERT Volunteer Type 2/1

FEMA CERT Volunteer (Type 2/1) Qualification Training

In August 2021, FEMA released CERT Volunteer Position Qualification standards. These standards break down FEMA CERT Volunteer into two levels (Type 2 and Type 1). In the CERT Volunteer Position, volunteers build on the basic training to provide skills necessary to work with the Sacramento CERT team in coordinated activities when assisting professional responders in emergency response situations.

Upon completion of this level, CERT volunteers are sworn in as Disaster Service Workers affiliated with the Sacramento Fire Department.

The requirements for this qualification are a mix of American Red Cross classes, National Incident Management System (NIMS)/CalEMA Standardized Emergency Management System (CalSEMS) classes, and specialized CERT classes.  The American Red Cross classes can be taken through the American Red Cross web site.  The online classes must be taken by the students at their own convenience, using the links below.  And finally, the specialized CERT classes are provided directly by our CERT instructors.


Sacramento CERT will be requiring Deployable Members to complete FEMA CERT Volunteer Type 1 certification.
Current Level 2 members need only complete the FEMA Independent Study classes below and have your Position Task Book completed and approved. New members seeking Deployable status must complete IS training above in addition to the classes listed below, and also need to have their Position Task Book completed and approved. Members can contact info@sfdcert.org to get a Position Task Book for FEMA CERT Volunteer, or can download a copy of the approved PTB directly by clicking here.

A note regarding the FEMA NIMS IS classes:
You can download the course materials for some courses before taking the actual course.  Some members find it easier to take notes using the downloaded materials to refer to when completing the final course exam.  Links to the materials are found under each course link below. Students must first obtain a FEMA Student ID number via this link.

Course Type 2 Type 1
National Incident Management System Courses

IS-100C: Introduction to Incident Command System (~2 hours/.2 CEUs)

Download Classroom MaterialsTake the final exam online
(Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity)

Required Required
IS-200.C: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (~4 hours/.4 CEUs)

Download Classroom Materials / Take the final exam online
(Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity)

Required Required
IS-288.A: The Role of Voluntary Organizations in Emergency Management (~1 hour/.1 CEUs)

Download Classroom Materials / Take the final exam online
(Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity)

Required
IS-505: Concepts of Religious Literacy for Emergency Management (~4 hours/.4 CEUs)

Take the final exam online
(Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity)

Required
IS-700.B: National Incident Management System (~3.5 hours/.4 CEUs)

Download Classroom Materials / Take the final exam online
(Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity)

Required Required
IS-800.D: National Response Framework, An Introduction (~3 hours/.3 CEUs)

Download Classroom Materials / Take the final exam online
(Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity)

Required Required

American Red Cross Courses

American Red Cross, Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview
(on-line from the American Red Cross)
To register on the ARC EDGE system, follow the instructions in this document. Required Required
American Red Cross, Shelter Fundamentals
(on-line from the American Red Cross)
Required Required

California Specialized Training Institute Courses

SEMS G606: Introduction to the Standardized Emergency Management System Click here for instructions on how to register, how to find the SEMS G606 course, and how to print the certificate after you complete the class. Required Required

Sacramento Fire Department CERT Program-Specific Courses

Wild-land Fire/Urban Interface Course, 
Fire Shelter Training
In-person, members only Required Required
Hazardous Materials Awareness Course In-person, members only Required Required
Flooding and Swift water Awareness Course As available, In-person/in-water, members only Required Required

Note: A criminal background check will also be required.

Upon completion of all courses, volunteers must submit all records to the Training Officer for review, and complete all Position Task Book requirements before being officially qualified.

After qualification, CERT members will receive a new hard hat and vest, as well as official Sacramento Fire Department CERT identification cards.

FEMA CERT Section Chief

FEMA CERT Section Chief (Single Type) Qualification Training

Upon completion of this training series and completion of the FEMA CERT Section Chief Position Task Book, CERT volunteers are qualified to operate as a CERT section chief.

The requirements for this qualification are a mix of National Incident Management System (NIMS) classes and specialized CERT classes.

Course Required

National Incident Management System Courses

FEMA CERT Volunteer Type 1 Qualification Required
IS 244: Developing and Managing Volunteers

Take the final exam online (4 hours/.4 CEUs)
(Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity)

Required
IS 315: CERT and the Incident Command System (ICS)

Take the final exam online (2 hours/.2 CEUs)
(Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity)

Required
IS 703: National Incident Management System Resource Management

Download Classroom Materials / Take the final exam online (3.5 hours/.4 CEUs)
(Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity)

Required

Sacramento Fire Department CERT Program-Specific Courses

CERT Supplemental Training (Animal Response I/II) Required
CERT Supplemental Training (Animal Sheltering) Required
CERT Supplemental Training (Crowd and Traffic Management) Required

Upon completion of all courses, volunteers must submit all records to the Training Officer for review, and complete all Position Task Book requirements before being officially qualified.

FEMA CERT Team Leader (Type 2/1)

FEMA CERT Team Leader (Type 2/1) Qualification Training

Upon completion of this training series and completion of the FEMA CERT Team Leader Position Task Book, CERT volunteers are qualified to operate as a CERT Team Leaders.

The requirements for this qualification are a mix of National Incident Management System (NIMS) classes and specialized CERT classes.

Course Type 2 Type 1
National Incident Management System Courses
FEMA CERT Section Chief Qualification Required Required
IS 317: Introduction to Community Emergency Response Team (~2 hours/.2 CEUs)

Take the final exam online
(Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity)

Required Required
IS 240: Leadership and Influence (3 hours/.3 CEUs)

Download Classroom Materials / Take the final exam online
(Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity)

Required
IS 241: Decision Making and Problem Solving (2 hours/.2 CEUs)

Download Classroom Materials / Take the final exam online
(Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity)

Required
IS 242: Effective Communication (8 hours/.8 CEUs)

Download Classroom Materials / Take the final exam online
(Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity)

Required
IS 1300: Introduction to Continuity of Operations (1 hours/.1 CEUs)

Take the final exam online
(Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity)

Required
IS 2200: Basic Emergency Operations Center Functions (4 hours/.4 CEUs)

Take the final exam online
(Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity)

Required
G427: CERT Program Manager (24 hours/2.4 CEUs)

Program offered by EMI/Local Delivery, check with Operations for future delivery dates

Required

Upon completion of all courses, volunteers must submit all records to the Training Officer for review, and complete all Position Task Book requirements before being officially qualified.

Specialized Teams

Sacramento CERT Specialized Teams

The Sacramento Community Emergency Response Team has several specialty teams that provide unique opportunities to help in emergency situations.  The following is a partial list of our specially trained groups.


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US&R – CA TASK FORCE 7:

Some area CERT members have also been trained by the California Task Force 7 Urban Search and Rescue Team to assist with their deployment and return whenever they are activated by FEMA to a natural disaster or terrorist event.  Currently we are the only CERT team in the United States to have received this training.  In addition we have other training in skills with the US&R team such as heavy cribbing, shoring and breaching.

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RADIO COMMUNICATIONS GROUP:

We also have a Communications group of CERT members who are licensed Ham Radio operators that are vital to the community in a disaster.  Many of of our members have been deployed around the United States, assisting with a variety of disasters.

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ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM:

Sacramento CERT has a group of members who are specially trained in animal rescue and sheltering. During disasters this team can set up a field shelter to house domesticated pets, allowing their owners to safely evacuate with the knowledge their pets will be safe.