Washington State Emergency Management Division


G0428 CERT Train-the-Trainer Course

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 to Thursday, December 14, 2023 (In-Person)

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Course Description

Primary Core Capability: Planning

This course prepares participants to deliver FEMA's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training course.

This Train-the-Trainer course focuses on preparing instructors to:

  • Deliver CERT Basic Training.
  • Convey the messages and intent of the CERT program (e.g., safety, teamwork, place in overall community Emergency Operations Plan).
  • Assure that participants achieve the objectives of CERT Basic Training.
  • Create a comfortable yet managed learning environment.

Course topics include:

  • CERT history, program purpose, and values.
  • Materials and requirements for the CERT Basic Training course.
  • Roles of the CERT instructor.
  • Effective presentation of CERT Basic Training content.
  • Effective coaching and demonstration of skills in the classroom.
  • Practices to maximize learning.
  • Effective evaluation of CERT training participants.

For additional course information, including contact hours, please see the National Preparedness Catalog.

Course Objectives
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the CERT Basic Training course.
  • Demonstrate the ability to present an assigned portion of the course (teach-back).
  • Communicate the core values of the program.
  • Demonstrate classroom management techniques.
  • Demonstrate effective teaching techniques.
  • Model appropriate behavior as an instructor.

    1. A referral letter from a CERT-sponsoring agency, typically a local, regional, or state government agency.

    2. Either IS-317 OR CERT Basic Training:
      • If you are not a first responder, please complete the IS 317 CERT Basic Training, it is required.


      • For current first responders, please submit a copy of your CERT Basic Training or IS 317 Introduction to CERT Certificate.
    3. Must have a FEMA Student ID number (


Visit FEMA's Emergency Management Institute to complete the IS 317 course online at Independent Study

Target Audience



  • Emergency Management
  • Individuals who will serve as the Course Manager for the CERT Basic Training course and be CERT Basic Training course instructors.


Fire Station 31

200 Tremont St
Port Orchard , WA 98366

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Course Manager

Sponsoring Agency: City of Kitsap County Emergency Management

Course Managers:

Celso Rangel

State Citizen Corps / CERT Program Coordinator


Ken Hulet

City of Kitsap County Emergency Management


Please let us know if reasonable accommodation is required for this course. We invite any person with a disability, access or functional need, as well as those who need to obtain course materials in an alternative format, to please indicate your need in the registration/RSVP process.

If you have any further concerns or questions, please contact the course manager listed on this page or reach out to our State Training Staff at and we will be happy to assist you.


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