Greenville County CERT offers training courses open to the community at least twice a year (Spring & Fall).
Participants gain hands-on experience in the following sessions:
CERT Training Registration
The 2023 Spring Basic Training will utilize both an online and in-person, hands-on training. Participants will read training materials, watch videos, and answer questions using an online learning platform. They will also attend a hands-on training class on April 15th (8:30am-3:30pm), and April 22nd (8:30am-3:30pm). The final exercise will be May 6th (8:30am-1:30pm).
You must complete the online portion and attend the training days and final exercise in order to complete the course and receive your certification (unless you have prior approval).
We will launch the online portion on March 20th, but registration will remain open until the first training date on April 15th. All online content must be completed by the April 22nd class.
If you have questions, email [email protected].
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and have completed CERT basic training, read through our Standard Operating Procedures and fill out a volunteer application.
People who go through CERT training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace, and community. They have been trained to commence activities that will lessen the effects of a variety of hazards on themselves, their homes, and their workplace. If a disaster happens that overwhelms local response capability, CERT members can apply the training learned in the classroom and during exercises to give critical support to loved ones, neighbors, and associates in their immediate area until help arrives.
Local government prepares for everyday emergencies; however, there may be an emergency or disaster that can overwhelm the community’s immediate response capability. The primary reason for CERT training is to give people the decision-making, organizational, and practical skills to offer immediate assistance to family members, neighbors, and associates while waiting for help. While people will respond to others in need without the training, the goal of the CERT program is to help people do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger.