How to Join

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NYC CERT is always looking for new volunteers who want to help their families, friends, neighbors, and communities before, during, and after emergencies.

NYC CERT basic training is available to all New York City residents, as well as those who work in New York City. To apply to become a CERT member, you must be 18 years of age or older, live or work in New York City, and pass a NYC Emergency Management background check.

Become a volunteer today.

If you have trouble registering, please contact NYC CERT.

Basic Training

NYC CERT instructors are active FDNY, NYPD, and NYC Emergency Management personnel.

The 10 training sessions include:

  • Introduction to NYC CERT and Incident Command System (ICS)
  • Urban Environment I: High-rise and Utility Emergencies
  • Urban Environment II: Transportation
  • Urban Environment III: Building Community Emergency Networks
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Fire Safety
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Police Science, Active Shooter, and Terrorism Awareness

Upcoming Training Schedule

  • Fall: Brooklyn and Manhattan
  • Spring: Bronx and Queens
  • Summer: Staten Island

Training locations change annually.