Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

Led by Fire Battalion Chief and CERT Program Manager David Cosgrave, our CERT classes are offered with special local emphasis on potential Coastside emergencies.

All training is free. Upcoming 2020 classes:

  • Spring CERT Basic Training Dates: March 4, 7, 14 or 4, 8, 15
  • Summer CERT Basic Training Dates: July 15, 18, 19
  • Fall CERT Basic Training Dates: September 16, 19, 26 or 16, 50, 27

CERT Basic Training Overview

The CERT Basic Training course is the FEMA 20-24 hour classroom + hands-on basic emergency preparedness and response skills training class consisting of one weekday evening after work and two weekend days taught at Coastside Fire House 40, 1191 Main St, Half Moon Bay.

CERT Basic Training covers the following topics in 9 modules:

  1. Disaster Preparedness
  2. Fire Safety and Utility Controls
  3. Disaster Medical Operations 1
  4. Disaster Medical Operations 2
  5. Light Search & Rescue Operations
  6. CERT Organization
  7. Disaster Psychology
  8. Terrorism and CERT
  9. Course Review, Final Exam, and Disaster Simulation

CERT Manual (English):

CERT Manual (Spanish):

Location: Coastside Fire House 40, 1191 Main St, Half Moon Bay.

Spring CERT Basic Training March 2020

The Spring CERT 2020 session can accommodate 60 people in two parallel courses. Please read the prerequisite information below about IS-317.

Please choose Option 1 Wednesday + Saturdays - OR - Option 2 Wednesday + Sundays. All 60 people will attend Day 1 (Wednesday class). Options 1 and 2 divide folks into Saturday or Sunday classes for Days 2 and 3, limiting the hands-on skills sessions to 30 people each day.

Email us at to sign up.

Option 1: Wednesday + Saturdays

Day 1 Wednesday, March 4 6-9pm

Day 2 Saturday, March 7 8am-5pm

Day 3 Saturday, March 14 9am-5pm


Option 2: Wednesday + Sundays

Day 1 Wednesday, March 4 6-9pm

Day 2 Sunday, March 8 8am-5pm

Day 3 Sunday, March 15 9am-5pm

Location: Coastside Fire House 40, 1191 Main St, Half Moon Bay.

Prerequisite: IS-317 Online Course

Prior to signing up for one of the CERT Basic Training courses, you must complete the FEMA IS-317 course “Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams.”

Completing the IS-317 reduces the number of classroom teaching by four hours and helps the class move along more quickly.

IS-317 Pro-tips:

  • Take your time going through the training portion. No one is monitoring when you come in and out of the units; no one reads what you write when they suggest you write - it is all for your own benefit.
  • Follow the links to get your FEMA SID# before you begin the to study the final Lesson 6 Course Summary section so that right after doing a careful review of the summary you can immediately take the final exam.
  • The final exam has 40 questions and must be taken all at the same time.
  • Passing is 75% correct answers.
  • When you pass the exam your completion certificate will appear shortly in your specified email.

Action Required: Forward your completion certificates to You will receive a class confirmation email.