CERT Program

CERT Program

December 6, 2016

UCLA is now offering CERT classes to all students, staff & faculty. The class will be taught in a series on campus.

About CERT:

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a nationally supported, locally implemented program that teaches people how to be better prepared for hazards that may affect their communities and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Local CERT programs train and organize teams of volunteers to safely assist their families, neighbors, co-workers, and other community members during emergencies when professional responders may not be immediately available to provide assistance. During disasters, CERT volunteer teams perform basic response activities, including checking in on their neighbors following an incident, distributing information to the public, supporting emergency operations centers, and helping to manage traffic and crowds. This allows professional responders to focus their efforts on more complex tasks. CERT volunteers also support their communities by organizing, promoting, and participating in emergency preparedness events, activities, and projects.

The skills learned during this training can be applied both in the workplace, on campus and at home. In order to graduate from the class, each participant must attend all training sessions. Upon graduation, every participant will earn a certificate and a CERT backpack containing all necessary tools to help out in disasters.


UCLA will now start offering CERT classes to all students, staff & faculty. These classes are limited to 25 seats and fill up fast. The class will be taught in a series on campus. Please see Sign-up links in the right-hand navigation (Yellow Box).

CERT components will include:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Safety
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • CERT Team Organization
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Disaster Psychology

Once you've completed the CERT training, your effectiveness and contribution in a disaster depends on you.
Although there is no obligation, CERT was designed to enlist community members as a volunteer resource to assist in a time of need.

With your permission, the Office of Emergency Management will maintain your contact information and call on you for assistance in events. 

Sign-up HERE

If you cannot make a class and need to cancel, please email lschneider@ehs.ucla.edu as soon as possible.

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