CERT Basic Training Class Series

Basic CERT class series are offered several times each year. These classes are open to residents and employees of the Lamorinda area. This includes the cities of Lafayette and Orinda, the Town of Moraga and the unincorporated communities of Canyon and Briones and that part of Saranap that is not in the Walnut Creek School District. Teenagers age 14-17 are welcome with a parent, guardian or Scout Leader. There is a non-refundable registration fee. To those who attend the first several classes, we will distribute a custom disaster medical supply kit at no charge. We do ask for a commitment to attend all the classes in a series, including the drill; to maintain your skills through periodic practice and additional training; and to be ready to help your community in time of disaster. Class series are held each year in Lafayette and Orinda on different days of the week. Each series is eight weekly evenings followed by a drill. We operate under a “Train and Maintain” model where the hope is that those people who graduate from the Basic Training Series will continue to be active members. View Classes/Register

Access and Functional Needs

Lamorinda CERT strives to meet the needs of all of the public. If you have Access or Functional Needs that need to be addressed in order for you to take the training or to function as a member of the team, please let us know in advance so we can make any necessary accommodations. There is a job available for everyone, no matter what your skills or limitations.

Stop the Bleed Training

We are a Recognized Educational Partner of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty CareStop the Bleed classes are hosted by Lamorinda CERT Foundation, not Lamorinda CERT or MOFD. These classes include American College of Surgeons’ national protocols. Sign up for these classes by clicking on the Eventbrite link for the date on the Meetings page. An email will be sent for refresher classes to those who have already taken the STB course.Lamorinda CERT Foundation is a Recognized Educational Partner of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care
Lamorinda CERT Foundation is a Recognized Educational Partner of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care and our instructors are trained by First Care Provider.

Training Levels

There are three levels of CERT membership:

  • Level I is a Basic Training level. Level I members are trained to respond for their families and neighborhoods.
  • Level II includes online FEMA Independent Study classes and hands-on First Aid / CPR training. Level II members are available for deployment throughout the local area. For the FEMA Online Classes, go here.
  • Level III is for medically trained members. This level is available for deployment through Mutual Aid throughout the state.

For more information about the training levels, view this PDF.

Traffic Control Team

We will hold any Traffic Control Team training as Monthly Meetings before the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival.

HAM Radio Training

HAM Radio classes are frequently given by volunteers at no charge. Some include or require books. There is normally a small Examination fee in addition to the class.

Orinda classes presented by Lamorinda Area Radio Interest Group. Contact Keith Riley at (925) 376-3269 or by email. This evening class series is FREE but the booklet is $20. The FCC exam fee is $15. Website is here.

Benicia has a one-day class on Saturday, Octover 7, 2023 from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Historically over 90% of attendees pass the on-site FCC licensing exam administered by federally accredited examiners immediately at the conclusion of class.
Classes are provided by the Benicia Amateur Radio Club at the Benicia Senior Center, 1201 East 2nd Street, Benicia. Class is from 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. with the test at 4:00 p.m. Fee $35 includes light snacks, coffee, water and Exam Fee.  Class size is limited and it always fills up, so register promptly.
Questions: or  Bob at (707) 319-9495.

Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club holds classes at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2317 Buena Vista Ave., Walnut Creek, CA. Register online. Registration is $10. Complete class calendar and registration link:

Walnut Creek classes presented by Walnut Creek CERT. Student fee is $35.00 (payable at door), which includes all study materials, FCC exam and license fees, free additional re-testing, plus coffee and juice, pizza or hoagie for lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Pre-registration (required) on-line at:

Concord classes presented by The Salvation Army. Class is FREE. The textbook, if needed, is about $27. FCC exam fee is $15. Each student must have full access to a copy of the text. Complete details and online registration are on the Training Website. 

San Francisco classes are sponsored by San Francisco Fire Department NERT. Questions, contact Ross Peterson @ or 650-349-5349. Register for classes (a must) @   Class fee, including examination is $35. Click on the date for flier.

Tracy classes are provided by California Emergency Volunteers.

CERT Exercises

Class Final Exercises are held on the penultimate class meeting in each series. Refer to the class schedule on the Classes page for date, time, and location.

On-Site Training/Custom Classes

Lamorinda CERT welcomes groups to set up custom classes. These can be for clubs, churches, homeowners associations, etc. More Information

For more information about any of the CERT classes, please contact the Registrar.