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CERT Train-The-Trainer

This two day course is designed for individuals that have attended a local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course sponsored by an active Citizen Corps Council who would like to become a trainer for their local program. This train-the-trainer course will cover 6 modules.

  1. Introductions, Course Outline and CERT Pre-Test;
  2. Adult Learning and Educational Methodology;
  3. CERT Instructor Guide Overview;
  4. Teachbacks;
  5. Program Management;
  6. Course Summary, Review, and Post-Test.

The revamped course is designed for the individual that already has knowledge of the CERT curriculum and needs further instructional knowledge and state certification. The course will include such requirements as preparation for teachback to the class as a homework assignment after hours on day 1 and delivering teachback to the group on day 2. There will be a post-test at the end of the course which will be graded. Credit for the course will be given to those that grade above a 70%.

The course is designed for those that have not previously achieved state certification in the CERT train-the-trainer course, not as a refresher. Those that have instructor numbers should continue to instruct using the new 2011 CERT materials linked below. Refresher options may be offered in the future.

The following materials should be reviewed and brought to the course if necessary: FEMA CERT Instructor Guide and Student Manual

Course Length: 14 hours

Course Manager: Michelle Hanneken, Ph# 217-557-4758

Course Timeline: Day 1: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; Day 2: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Prerequisite: The pilot course registration is limited to 12 attendees. Attendee must be sponsored by an active status Citizen Corps program (listed here: No more than one attendee per jurisdiction will be allowed to attend the same course. Registrations will be approved by the attendee’s prerequisites completion and then on receipt basis. If another attendee from the jurisdiction wishes to be on a wait list for open spots, consideration will be conducted in the same manner listed below. No walk in registrations will be admitted to this course.

Prior to course registration, the following items need to be submitted to

  1. Letter/e-mail from the Citizen Corps point of contact of that jurisdiction verifying the attendee will be instructing this course on behalf of the jurisdiction in the future.
  2. Attendee must submit a certificate of local CERT class participation and completion of the FEMA Independent Study (IS) 265 (Basic Instructional Skills) course located here: Note the FEMA IS 317 class is not a substitute for local CERT class participation.
Once those items are received, the attendee will be notified as having met the pre-requisites and will be directed to register for the course in the IEMA registration portal.

Target Audience/Discipline: The course is designed for an individual affiliated with a local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) sponsored by an active Citizen Corps Council in Illinois to receive additional instruction to deliver the CERT course at the jurisdiction's level.

Scheduled Classes:
Date Location
Nov 20-21, 2014LaSalle County EMA**

** No lodging available

Please note: Applications for courses will be accepted up to 1 day prior to the course date. However, the cutoff date for lodging is 7 days prior to class.

If you want to learn more about the Training Program or are interested in attending a specific course, please contact your IEMA Regional Coordinator or Lori McTaggart. Registration should be made in advance to attend any IEMA sponsored class. Walk-in registrations are only accepted if room space and course materials are available. To register for IEMA classes, please see the IEMA Online Registration and Tracking Program Page.




Exercise Information
FEMA Independent Study Program
Illinois Professional Emergency Manager Program
Illinois Professional Development Series
2013 IEMA Conference
Out-of-State Training Opportunities
Hazardous Materials Training Webpage
School & Campus Security Training
ICS 300 & 400 Training
FEMA Higher Education Project

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