6501 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD

The Ocean City Department of Emergency Management is pleased to provide CERT Basic Training. Our typical 8-week course teaches these skills using updated FEMA-supplied materials, incorporating practical exercises, and culminating with a disaster scenario in a realistic environment. The CERT Basic Training is typically one night a week for eight weeks.

For whom is the training designed?

The target audience for this course are individuals who desire the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and respond to a disaster. The minimum age is 16 and there is no maximum age. Everyone participates to the extent that they can, given individual constraints.


Spring 2024

    • Thursday, March 21, 2024 — 6:00pm to 9:00pm
    • Thursday, March 28, 2024 — 6:00pm to 9:00pm
    • Thursday, April 4, 2024 — 6:00pm to 9:00pm
    • Thursday, April 11, 2024 — 6:00pm to 9:00pm
    • Thursday, April 18, 2024 — 6:00pm to 9:00pm
    • Thursday, April 25, 2024 — 6:00pm to 9:00pm
    • Skills Day and Final Exam — TBD

CERT Basic Training Outline

Unit 1 – Disaster Preparedness

Unit 2 – CERT Organization

Unit 3 – Disaster Medical Operations — Part 1

Unit 4 – Disaster Medical Operations — Part 2

Unit 5 – Disaster Psychology

Unit 6 – Fire Safety

Unit 7 – Light Search and Rescue Operations

Unit 8 – Terrorism and CERT

Unit 9 – Skills day, Course Review, and Final Exam


What should I do to prepare for CERT Basic Training?

Visit the FEMA training website for general information on how to take FEMA Independent Study courses.

You must complete the following two, free, online FEMA Emergency Management Institute courses.

IS-317.A: Introduction to Community Emergency Response Team (CERTs)

As a pre-requisite for CERT Basic classroom training or just to learn more about the program, check out EMI’s Independent Study (IS) course IS-317.A.

IS-315.A: CERT and the Incident Command System (ICS)

IS-315.A educates CERT program managers, trainers, or emergency responders on CERT’s relationship to the Incident Command System (ICS) and potential roles CERTs play in a disaster or emergency situation.

If you don’t have one already, you must register for a FEMA Student ID (SID), which is free.

After you have completed each course, take the online exam. If you pass the exam by getting at least 75 percent of the answers correct, FEMA will email you a link to a printable certificate (in PDF format) to verify your completion of each course. Please forward the two FEMA emails with the links to the certificates, or e-mail PDFs of the two certificates, to [email protected]

You must complete all prerequisites and all units in the CERT Basic Training to receive your nationally recognized Certificate of Completion.