Initial Basic Training

We would like you to take our Basic Training Course and learn how to take care of your family and neighborhood in the event of a disaster.

Firefighters and CERT Instructors will train you to help your family & neighbors by teaching you to be better prepared first.


Who is eligible to take the training?

The training is free and available to residents of Culver City and those who work in Culver City. Participants must be a minimum of 16 years of age. Non-Culver City residents may also attend if they live in an area with a CERT Program and space is available.

What is involved?

The 22 hours of training, divided into four classes, includes an Introduction to Disaster Response, Disaster Medical Operations, Fire Suppression, Light Search and Rescue, Disaster Psychology, Hazardous Materials, Terrorism Awareness and Incident Command. The training is “hands on” requiring students to actually do what they learn in class. There is a “mock earthquake” drill on the last day where students apply all of the training that they have learned.

The first day of the course is a Tuesday night from 7:00 pm to approximately 10:00 pm. The rest of the course is conducted on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Where is the Training?

The training takes place right in Culver City at the Fire Department Training Facility at 9275 Jefferson Blvd. just east of Duquesne Ave. next to the Transfer Facility.

When is the Training?

Below are the classes that are currently scheduled:

Course 2018-01

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 7:00PM to 10:00PM

Introduction and Orientation

Saturday, March 3, 2018 9:00AM to 4:30PM

Med Ops and Disaster Psych

Saturday, March 10, 2018 9:00AM to 4:30PM

Light Search & Rescue and Cribbing

Saturday, March 17, 2018 9:00AM to 4:30PM

Fire Suppression, Terrorism Awareness, Incident Command System, and Final Drill

Course 2018-02

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 7:00PM to 10:00PM

Introduction and Orientation

Saturday, October 20, 2018 9:00AM to 4:30PM

Med Ops and Disaster Psych

Saturday, October 27, 2018 9:00AM to 4:30PM

Light Search & Rescue and Cribbing

Saturday, November 3, 2018 9:00AM to 4:30PM

Fire Suppression, Terrorism Awareness, Incident Command System, and Final Drill

Link to Course Manual

The CERT Course Manual can be found HERE.

How Do I Sign Up?

If you are interested in taking the CERT training complete the form below and choose one of the upcoming classes. Find a course where you will be able to commit yourself to attend ALL of the training dates and times. If you do not complete ALL of the training components you will need to make up the Modules that you did not complete during a later class. You will not be able to participate in any CERT activities until you make up the missed training component(s).