Joining USF CERT

CERT Basic Training


The first step to joining our team is to take our CERT Basic Training. This FREE 20-hour classroom based course is taught by certified FEMA CERT Instructors, and will teach you the hands-on skills and knowledge you need to know to respond to disasters and become a part of our team. After Basic Training, you will have access to several advanced training classes.

Upcoming Class Dates

Summer 2020 Class:

Thursday, August 20th from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Friday, August 24th from 6:00 PM  - 10:00 PM

Saturday, August 25th from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Register below to secure your spot in our next class 

CERT Training can also be provided on-demand to organized groups of 10 or more. These on-demand classes are dependent on Instructor availability and may require participants or organizations to purchase their own Personal Protective Equipment. These group-specific classes are great team-building opportunities and result in Official FEMA Certification. 

For more information on individualized training and other training opportunities for your classroom, business, club, organization, community group, or other group, please visit our Services page or Contact Us.

If you are already a CERT member and would like to become part of our leadership team, you can fill out an application form here or on the leadership page.

Our next Basic Training course is starting soon, sign up today!

This course includes six sections: Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety & Suppression, Hazardous Material and Terrorist Incidents, Disaster Medical Operations, Search & Rescue, and a Practical Exercise.


To become a CERT member, one must complete the classroom training being offered to USF students, staff, and faculty for FREE. 

Trainees have the option to purchase USF CERT apparel and equipment during registration.

Training will occur over the course of three days, all participants must attend all three days of training to receive their CERT Basic Training Certificate. 



• 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 2020

Date: August 20th-22nd

Times: Thursday and Friday - 6 PM to 10 PM 

Saturday - 9 AM to 5 PM


Location: USF College of Nursing/COPH

Questions or comments? Contact Us


4202 E Fowler Ave
Tampa, Florida 33620, USA

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