Training Beyond Basics

Additional training beyond CERT Basic training.

Train the Trainer (CERT Instructor) Class – December 18 – 20


The purpose of the Train the Trainer course is to produce competent instructors for the CERT Basic Training course. A competent CERT instructor delivers the CERT Basic Training course accurately, conveying the messages and intent of the CERT Program (e.g., safety, teamwork, place in overall community emergency operations plan). A competent instructor assures that participants achieve the objectives of the CERT Basic Training course. A competent CERT instructor delivers training effectively and at an appropriate level, thus enabling participants to learn and correctly apply skill sets. A competent instructor creates a comfortable yet managed learning environment
The over goal of this course is NOT to teach the Basic CERT skills but to teach the instructor HOW to instruct.
OVERALL COURSE OBJECTIVES At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the CERT Basic Training course.
2. Demonstrate the ability to present an assigned portion of the course (teach-back).
3. Communicate the core values of the program.
4. Demonstrate classroom management techniques.
5. Demonstrate effective teaching techniques.
6. Model appropriate behavior as an instructor. In addition to the overall course objectives listed above, each unit has specific objectives.

Schedule (Must attend ALL Sessions)
Friday, 18 December, 19:00 – 22:00
Saturday, 19 December, 08:00 – 17:00
Sunday, 20 December, 08:00 – 17:00

Basic CERT Training
Anne Arundel County Background (If AAACERT Member)
Anne Arundel County Liability Waiver (Required of ALL participants)

What to Bring
Note Pad and Writing instrument
CERT ID – Required


CERT Parade Marshal Training – Annapolis

There are many events within the City of Annapolis that bring a significant amount of visitors to the downtown area. In the next few months, the City will have celebrations with multiple parades in which Anne Arundel – Annapolis CERT will call upon our trained personnel to assist the first responders. Parade Marshals assist by providing eyes and ears for law enforcement and fire personnel. As a parade marshal, you will assist in crowd control, traffic management and ease of flow of parade apparatus. The training will entail parade safety requirements, emergency procedures, communication and notification protocols, and an introduction and mini presentation from the City’s Special Events coordinator Felicia Nolan.

Class Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Time: 19:00
Location: Annapolis City OEM, 166 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401
Cost: Free
What to bring: Note pad, writing instrument, ID (CERT if you have one)





Traffic and Crowd Management Class

This class will serve to provide CERT members with the skills needed to manage traffic and crowds in planned and emergency situations.

Participants will learn CERT Basic Training Concepts That Apply to Traffic and Crowd Management, Communicating Effectively, Crowd Management, Traffic Management

Training Objectives:

  • Identify possible CERT roles in traffic and crowd management
  • Explain CERT Basic Training concepts that apply to traffic and crowd management
  • Demonstrate standard hand signals for directing traffic and crowds
  • Describe skills for effective verbal communication with the public
  • Explain how to use radios and verbal communication skills to communicate with team members and chain of command
  • Recognize and respond to various types of crowd behavior
  • Identify safety concerns for managing crowds
  • Develop basic crowd management plan for an emergency situation
  • Demonstrate correct use of traffic control devices
  • Recognize safety concerns for managing traffic

Requirements: Basic CERT Training, Completed Anne Arundel County Background, CERT vest, CERT hardhat, and applicable clothing for the weather conditions.

Students will partake in classroom and practical training. The practical training will take place outdoors regardless of the weather conditions.

Reserve Officer (RO) E. M. Vazquez of the Anne Arundel County Police Department, Reserve Officer Unit, Western Platoon will provide instruction for the class.



Questions may be sent to:

Class size is limited to 15 maximum.

Training Opportunities – Online

Social Media in Emergency Management #SMEM
August 12, 2015, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Presented by Corey Mulryan, Associate and EMSS Coordinator, Hagerty Consulting

Agencies and jurisdictions must know how to use social media in real time during disasters. We will show you how to use social media tools effectively to communicate and collaborate with your targeted audiences. Don’t miss this interesting and fun presentation! To register for this training, visit:

Management of Spontaneous Unaffiliated Volunteers Training
September 2, 2015, 2:00-4:00pm ET
Presented by Ken Skalitzky, Emergency Management Director, Volunteer Florida

Disasters often evoke an outpouring of individuals wanting to be a part of response and relief activities.  These individuals, although well-intentioned, are rarely trained and can add to the already overtaxed resources available to assist the impacted community.  This online training will help organizations manage “spontaneous” volunteers effectively. To reserve a spot in this training, please visit:

Operation Volunteer Placement: A Volunteer Reception Center Exercise
September 24, 2015

Operation Volunteer Placement allows agencies and organizations tasked with the coordination of spontaneous volunteers during a disaster to exercise their plan in a web-based simulation.  Participants work together as a unified team in establishing, managing and demobilizing a Volunteer Reception Center.

This exercise is intended for group interaction and should include local partners involved in the management of disaster volunteers, including EMAs and sister government agencies, VOADs, and other nonprofits.  This exercise is self-paced and can be accessed between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET. It lasts between 90 minutes and three hours, depending on group interaction.

NOTE: While intended for group interaction, each participant should individually register to ensure receipt of post-exercise certificate of participation.

Medical Preparedness and Response for Bombing Incidents (MPRBI)

Overview: This course will equip pre-hospital and hospital medical personnel with the skills needed to deliver and sustain a safe and effective response to bombing incidents. Utilization of case studies as well as tabletop exercise will reinforce course material.
This Course will enable participants to:
– Identify terrorist targets
– Understand explosives and characteristics
– Identify pre-attack indicators associated with bombing incidents
– Recognize bombing incident-related injury patterns and treatment

This course will be held:
Northwest Hospital
5401 Old Court Road
Randallstown (Baltimore County), MD 21133
2016 January 13 – 14
08:00 – 17:00 (Both Days)
Registration 07:00 – 08:00

Registration will begin in October 2015. Download Flyer here.

Webinar: CERT Training for Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs

Webinar: CERT Training for Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs

Everyone has a role to play in keeping our communities safe. CERT volunteers, trainers, and program managers with a diverse range of experiences, skills, and abilities — including many with disabilities and others with access and functional needs — make valuable contributions in preparing their communities for disasters and supporting response and recovery efforts. And because CERT program activities are inclusive, training should be as well. It is not difficult to make reasonable accommodations for including people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in CERT training. However, it’s a good idea to plan ahead to ensure that their specific needs are accounted for and that they feel welcome and engaged.

The FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division is hosting a webinar that focuses on practices that will help ensure a positive and accessible experience for CERT participants with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.

Title: CERT Training for Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Time:  3:00 – 4:30 p.m. (ET)

Guest speakers:

  • Gay Jones, FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC)
  • Kathryn Gerk, Emergency Services Manager, Richmond, CA Fire Department
  • Jennifer Fales, Emergency Management Coordinator, Kansas City, MO Office of Emergency Management

Our featured speakers will share their insights and advice on how to engage and include individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in CERT training and activities, lessons they’ve learned from their experiences, and how their efforts have benefitted their programs and communities. The webinar will conclude with a question and answer session.

How to Join the Webinar

We hope that you will be able to join us on July 15! If you can’t make it, we will be posting the recording, transcript, and slide deck of the presentation on this page, under “Citizen Corps Partners/Affiliates”: You can also view our most recent webinar on developing resources for CERT programs at: