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Joining USF CERT


The first step to joining our USF Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is to take the classroom portion of the CERT Basic Training. This course is being offered online before the start of the Fall semester and will be taught by certified FEMA CERT Instructors. The knowledge gained will help prepare you for a disaster by going through what you need to know to help prepare you for a disaster while providing valuable information on how you can assist in the response to a disaster event. After the basic training, you will have access to several advanced training classes and be activated by the Hillsborough County Office of Emergency Management before, during, or after a disaster.

Register below to secure your spot in our next class 

If you are interested in becoming part of our leadership team, you can fill out an application form here or on the leadership page:

CERT Basic Training

Our next CERT Basic Training course is starting soon. Sign up today!

This course includes six sections: Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Hazardous Material, and Terrorist Incidents, Disaster Medical Operations, and Search & Rescue. All classes, practical exercises, and hands-on skills will be taught in person.  

To become a CERT member, one must complete the classroom training being offered to USF students, staff, faculty, and others in the community. Training will occur over the course of three days, all participants must attend all three days of training. Registration is required, and space is limited. 


Learn life-saving and advanced medical skills 

Practice basic Search and Rescue methods

Final Practical Disaster Exercise to practice skills

Participate in HOSA competitions in CERT

Official FEMA Certificate

Gain volunteer and community service hours

Gain experience in the Public Safety and Emergency Management fields

Eligibility for service awards

Fall 2024 CERT Basic Training Course

Thursday, September 12th from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Friday, September 13th from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Saturday, September 14th from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Save-the-Date for Spring 2025 2024 CERT Basic Course

Thursday, February 6th from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Friday, February 7th from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Saturday, February 8th from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Questions or comments? Contact Us

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