CERT San Diego (Community Emergency Response Team)

Hi and welcome to the CERT San Diego information page!  CERT San Diego is gearing up for 2023 to a year full of training, community outreach, and exciting drills.  We recently completed our first Hybrid CERT Academy and are pleased to continue to offer this learning platform.  The hybrid model allows volunteers to complete part of the training online and part in person.  To graduate and be eligible to be a CERT San Diego team member, both online and in person training must be completed.   

If you are interested in taking part in a future academy, please create a profile in Better Impact.  If you already have an account through another organization that uses the Better Impact platform, please add CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) to your profile.  Important notes for out of town guests: Everyone is welcome to complete the online training.  However, priority registration for in-person training is given to city of San Diego residents (working in the city does not count).  Also, if you plan to complete the city's Hybrid training, get a seat assign to you for the in-person training, but plan to join another CERT team, please check with that team to confirm they will accept the Hybrid training.

When dates for the academy are announced, an email will be sent along with information about the dates and how to sign up.  Seats will be assigned on a first come, first served basis for city of San Diego residents.  Out of town guests who respond will be put on a wait list in the order that they responded and will be offered any available seats a week prior to the first day of the in-person training.  The in-person training will be over a period of two weekends, which may be consecutive or staggered.  Start time is 10am for students and run for approximately three hours.

Here are some pointers on navigating Better Impact should you decide to create a profile with us.

Under each of our "Opportunities," some "Activities" are listed.  When you click an Activity, you will be taken to a page that provides more details just on that specific Activity.  Also on this page you will see a section called "Qualifications".  To sign up for an activity, you must meet the listed qualifications. 

To get to your Qualifications page, click the "My Profile" tab on your home page, and select "Qualifications" from the drop-down list that appears.  Here you can select the appropriate qualifications for an activity.  (*Note:  next to each qualification is an "I".  Click this "I" to get details on what information is needed; you may need to scroll down to see all information.)

If you have any questions at all, please contact the CERT Program Office by email at cert@sandiego.gov.  

Thank you so much for your interest in our program and we look forward to meeting you soon!

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CERT Academy

Joining CERT San Diego begins with the academy.  CERT San Diego hosts two full academies yearly. Each academy is 24 hours long and held on two consecutive or staggered weekends.  Class will begin at 10am and finish at approximately 4pm each day.  Attendance at all four days of class are required for course completion.  

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Future Academy Notification Email List

Are you interested in learning disaster preparedness skills that may help you prepare for and recover from a major natural disaster?  Please consider signing up to be notified of when the next CERT SD Academy dates are announced.

Priority registration is given to those who live in the city of San Diego.  However we invite our out-of-town students to create a profile and come on the first day of class. If there are seats available, out-of-town students are welcome to join our academy.

As you consider this opportunity, here is a description of the requirements.

     Students must be at least 18 years old. 

     Attendance on all four days of the academy is mandatory for graduation.

Classes are held on two consecutive weekends (on both Saturday and Sunday) from approximately 9:30am until 4pm each day.  Classes will start promptly at 10am.  The location of the training will be provided upon successful registration.  There is no cost for the training and we provide safety gear and classroom materials.

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