All NYC CERT members are required to undergo a 10-week training program. Classes are held on consecutive evenings for 10 weeks within one of the five boroughs. NYC CERT instructors are active FDNY, NYPD, and OEM personnel. The NYC CERT curriculum has been adapted from the FEMA national program to reflect the unique risks and hazards of living and working in New York City. Classes are approximately three hours long and are interactive with relevant emergency and disaster discussions and group building activities based on the Incident Command System (ICS).
The 10 weeks of training include:
- Introduction to NYC CERT and ICS
- Urban Environment I, II, III: High-rise and Utility Emergencies,
- Transportation, and Building Community Disaster Networks
- Disaster Medical Operations
- Fire Safety
- Light Search and Rescue
- Police Science and Terrorism Awareness
At the end of the training, volunteers will participate in a disaster simulation that ties the entire curriculum for response and ICS, including live "victims" from active CERTs.
Upon completion of the 10 weeks of training, volunteers will participate in a graduation ceremony.