Anyone who spends time in Arlington may apply to attend free CERT Basic Training. Trainees become full CERT members after completing all class sessions and a drill/practical exam.
Basic Trainings are held in biannually in English and Spanish. Spring/Summer 2023 training information will be shared soon. Sign up for updates.
Basic Training consists of eight, 2.5-hour classes held over six weeks. Classes are taught by local emergency response/management personnel and include lecture, discussion and hands-on learning. (PDF, 486KB)
Areas of training include:
- Disaster Threats in Arlington County
- Personal and Family Preparation and Safety
- Recognizing and Treating Life-Threatening and Non-Life-Threatening Emergencies
- Triage and Treatment Area Management
- Incident Command System
- Disaster Psychology
- Fire Safety Techniques
- Light Search and Rescue Operations
The final session includes a practical exam comprised of disaster simulations to give trainees the ability to apply their newly acquired skills in a semi-realistic environment. Continuing and advanced education is available for interested graduates.
CERTs can be created within already organized groups, including:
- Neighborhood Groups
- Civic Associations
- Homeowner/Condo/Townhouse Associations
- Business Groups
- Neighborhood Watch organizations
- Faith-Based Groups
Arlington has trained several neighborhood teams and will continue building on that base. As new people are trained, they are referred to existing teams. As existing teams grow, they may choose to divide into smaller neighborhoods.