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CERT Basic Training Classes

Basic CERT classes are offered twice 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 area of Canyon 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.  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.

There is a non-refundable registration fee. To those who attend the first four classes we will distribute, at no charge, a CERT specific medical supply kit of hard to find items valued at over $35.

Scholarships are available for high school students in need to attend the CERT training. Inquire here.

What is included? The Lamorinda CERT curriculum is based on the FEMA standard CERT curriculum and is currently undergoing substantial change. The new curriculum will be first taught in Fall 2020. We localize and enhance it to be appropriate for local residents. We spend little time talking about hurricanes but we cover earthquakes in detail. The subjects we cover are: personal and home preparedness for all-hazard emergencies, fire safety, disaster medical response, light search and rescue, Incident Command System, disaster psychology, terrorism, radio communications and pet preparedness. We do NOT teach CPR but encourage all to be CPR trained.

Access and Functional Needs. Reasonable accommodations for people with access and functional needs are available upon request. Make your request as early as possible as last minute requests will be accepted but may be impossible to fill. If accommodation is needed, please send your request to .

All times are listed in 24 hour format. 1830 = 6:30 p.m.

Winter 2020 Session –


We will email you with your position on the list and will keep you informed if people cancel.

Tuesday, January 7, 20200, 1Lafayette Community Center1830 to 2130Seibert, Breuner
Tuesday, January 14, 20206, 9Lafayette Community Center1830 to 2130Macler, Gritzer
Tuesday, January 21, 20203, 4aLafayette Community Center1830 to 2130Young, Luckenbach
Tuesday, January 28, 20202Lafayette Community Center1830 to 2130Airola, Dick
Tuesday, February 4, 20204Lafayette Community Center1830 to 2130Young, Luckenbach
Tuesday, February 11, 20205Lafayette Community Center1830 to 2130Riggins
Tuesday, February 18, 20205a, 10Lafayette Community Center1830 to 2130Young, Breuner
Tuesday, February 25, 20207, 8Lafayette Community Center1830 to 2130Macler, King
Wednesday, March 4, 2020DrillContra Costa Fire District Training Center1800 to 2200All instructors

Fall 2020 Session –  REGISTER for CLASS FALL 2020 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020IntroductionOrinda Library Auditorium1830 to 2130Luckenbach, Breuner
Wednesday, September 23, 2020Communications, OrganizationOrinda Library Auditorium1830 to 2130Macler, Gritzer
Wednesday, September 30, 2020Fire SafetyOrinda Library Auditorium1830 to 2130Airola, Dick
Wednesday, October 7, 2020Medical Part IOrinda Library Auditorium1830 to 2130Young, Luckenbach
Wednesday, October 14, 2020Medical Part IIOrinda Library Auditorium1830 to 2130Young, Luckenbach
Wednesday, October 21, 2020Search & RescueOrinda Library Auditorium1830 to 2130Riggins
Wednesday, October 28, 2020SAR & PetsOrinda Library Auditorium1830 to 2130Young, Breuner
Wednesday, November 4, 2020Terrorism and PsychologyOrinda Library Auditorium1830 to 2130Macler, King
Wednesday, November 11, 2020DrillContra Costa Fire District Training Center1800 to 2200All instructors

For more information, contact the Registrar.