How to Join

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NYC CERT is always looking for new volunteers who want to help their families, friends, neighbors, and communities before, during, and after emergencies.

How to Apply

NYC CERT basic training is available to all New York City residents, as well as those who work in New York City. To apply to become a CERT member:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older, live or work in New York City, and pass a NYC Emergency Management background check.
  • Complete a volunteer application.
  • Complete background check and code of conduct forms found within the NYC CERT online database.
  • Get connected with your local team leadership.

If you have trouble registering, please contact NYC CERT.

What Happens Next

  • The NYC CERT program receives your application.
  • After reviewing your profile, NYC CERT program staff will put you in contact with your local CERT leadership.
  • If you don't hear from your team leadership in about two weeks, contact them through your volunteer profile.
  • Speak with team leadership prior to attending the training to make sure your expectations meet the expectations of the program.
  • Once approved to attend CERT basic training, you will be sent an acceptance email that includes a registration link. You must be enrolled in the training cycle by self-registering through the provided link.
  • Before the first day of CERT basic training, you will receive information from your CERT liaison regarding your training location and the documents you will need to bring with you to the first night of class, which will include:
    • NYC CERT background check form
    • NYC CERT code of conduct/disclaimer

Please note that there is no cost to the participant to attend training.

Basic Training

NYC CERT instructors are active FDNY, NYPD, and NYC Emergency Management personnel.

The 10 training sessions include:

  • Introduction to NYC CERT and Incident Command System (ICS)
  • Urban Environment I: High-rise and Utility Emergencies
  • Urban Environment II: Transportation
  • Urban Environment III: Building Community Emergency Networks
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Fire Safety
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Police Science, Active Shooter, and Terrorism Awareness

Upcoming Training Schedule

Please check back for updates.

  • Fall 2018: Brooklyn and Manhattan
  • Spring 2019: Bronx and Queens
  • Summer 2019

A student must attend at least eight of ten classes (orientation is counted separately) to be eligible to graduate.