Joining USF CERT


CERT Basic Training

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:

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 Practical Exercise and hands-on Skills will be taught in person once the threat of COVID-19 has subsided.  

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. 


• 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

Registration is required, and space is limited.

Summer 2022 Class:

Thursday, August 18th from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Friday, August 19th from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Saturday, August 20th from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Location: USF College of Medicine, MDL 1037

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