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CERT Train the Trainer

Mar 28 2023 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
Lynnwood, South County Fire Station 15


This 3-day in-person course will provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to instruct the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training that prepares citizens to assist in emergency response activities in their local community. This class is a requirement to be a recognized CERT Instructor in Washington. See for Washington CERT Standards.

For additional course information, including contact hours, please see the National Preparedness Catalog.


Sotuh County Fire Station 15

18800 44th Ave West. Lynnwood, WA 98036

Course Objectives

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the CERT Basic Training course.
  • Demonstrate the ability to present an assigned portion of the course (teach-back).
  • Communicate the core values of the program.
  • Demonstrate classroom management techniques.
  • Demonstrate effective teaching techniques.
  • Model appropriate behavior as an instructor.

Target Audience

Program trainers or coordinators knowledgeable of the CERT program, committed to serving as instructors in their community and willing to be included in a statewide instructor database.


1. A referral letter from a CERT-sponsoring agency, typically a local, regional, or state government agency.

2. Either IS-317 OR CERT Basic Training:

If you are not a first responder, please complete the IS 317 CERT Basic Training, it is required.
 For current first responders, please submit a copy of your CERT Basic Training or IS 317 Introduction to CERT Certificate.

3. Must have a FEMA Student ID number (

 Visit FEMA's Emergency Management Institute to complete the IS 317 course online at Independent Study

Apply for the course here.


Please let WA EMD know if reasonable accommodation is required for this course. We invite any person with a disability, access or functional need, as well as those who need to obtain course materials in an alternative format, to please indicate your need in the registration/RSVP process.

If you have any further concerns or questions, please contact the course manager listed on this page or reach out to our State Training Staff at and we will be happy to assist you.

Contact Name: 
Laurell Sprague
Contact Phone: