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CERT Continuing Education

CERT Continuing Education

Refresh Skills and Level Up

Are you a CERT graduate and want to refresh your skills or add new skills? Check out some of the free classes on FEMA. Also check our calendar on the home page for classes offered in the community.


After completing the CERT basic training, what do I do? The best way to stay connected is to stay involved. Consider these options: 

  • Share the information you've learned with your family and friends. Better yet, get them to take the training. Everyone can benefit from preparing!

  • Participate in advance or refresher training. Opportunities are emailed monthly to graduates.

  • Monthly meetings are conducted to increase your personal and community preparedness, offer additional training, and provide networking opportunities with your fellow CERT graduates.

  • Bring your expertise to the instructor team. If you are interested in becoming a CERT instructor, contact the City of Richmond's Office of Emergency Services to inquire.

  • Volunteer for special projects or upcoming events. Help is always needed. Please contact the CERT Program Manager to offer assistance.


CERT members that have completed the Basic Training are given the opportunity to expand their knowledge, hone their skills, and learn how to participate in a broader range of volunteer activities through the Continuing Education program.

FREE Online / Self-Paced Continuing Ed.

IS-317 Introduction to CERT - This online overview of CERT Basic Training can be a great refresher for existing CERT members.

CERT Search and Rescue Tutorial - This online tutorial allows CERT-trained individuals to review and refresh their skills in sizeup and search and rescue techniques.

National Incident Management System - IS-100IS-200IS-700IS-800 - Supplement your CERT basic training with online classes from FEMA. These classes will give you a greater understanding of how to use CERT organizational principles and how you fit into the emergency response system.


These are additional free classes offered through FEMA to extend your skills and learn about different aspects of emergency response.

Paid Continuing Education Courses

• American Red Cross –   Learn American Red Cross roles, responsibilities, methods, and protocols used in shelter operations. They also offer First Aid/CPR/AED and a host of other classes. Find a class near you at American Red Cross.