Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

When disaster strikes and you want to help, do you feel helpless and have questions like these - How can I help? Where do I go? Who do I report to? What do I wear? CERT teaches you how to prepare to be ready and answers all these questions.

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CERT Training

Training Pathway: Physical Response 

It is highly recommended (but not required) that volunteers desiring to complete Advanced training start with either Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) or Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) training.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT+) with Spiritual Enhancements

Training is presented free of charge - There will be an opportunity to give a love offering at the training.

Course Time:  28 Hours (Conducted over 7 Evenings)
Simulation:  Final day of skill drills in a real-life-like exercise
Cost:  This training is presented free of charge - There will be an opportunity to give a love offering at the training.

Pre-Requirements:   ADRN Orientation & Preparedness Training (3-hours), background check clearance, ICS-100 and ICS-700 FEMA Course (Classroom Workshop Sept. 14) or take online at:
Age Restrictions:  Min. age limit is 14 years of age (accompanied by guardian)
Certification: Nationally Recognized Certification (complete all 7 days and both ICS-100 and ICS-700 training courses)
ADRN Training Level Advancement: RC Level 2**

Course Description

This 7 day, FEMA backed, nationally recognized course will equip and train you in the essentials of disaster preparedness for your local community, such as Fire Safety, Light Search & Rescue, Disaster Medical Operations & Psychology, Terrorism and Disaster Simulation. This is an excellent course and well worth the time invested in it! You will be able to use the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, to assist others in your neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.  You must complete ADRN Orientation & Preparedness Training (3 hours), all 7 days (28 hours) CERT Training, clear a background check, and compete both ICS-100 and ICS-700 training courses in order to receive certification. (RC Level 2*).


Expiration Badging Program

ADRN will be implementing a new three-year expiration program for our badge certification process.  This program will insure that those deploying to the field would be the most qualified and proficient in how they serve. In doing so, our CERT trained will maintain credibility with other CERT response programs, local agencies and authorities

Beginning September 15, 2018 a three-year certification renewal program will be activated. This requires all volunteers to review their current CERT status and make necessary adjustments in order to meet the new standards of ADRN certification. Those trained prior to January 2016 have until August 2019 to achieve a new background check clearance, update certification requirements, and submit results. Those trained after January 2016 have until December, 2019 to achieve a new background check clearance, update certification requirements, and submit results. Results need to be emailed to Please note that our ADRN CERT Training has been upgraded to meet national standards in order to effectively serve the community. If you choose not to recertify in CERT your badge will expire.

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**RC = Levels within ADRN's Volunteer Training Program

Note: Most courses listed require volunteers to login. Login access is provided to our volunteers after completion of ADRN’s Orientation and Preparedness course. Register here for the next Orientation and Preparedness course.




 2019 Dates and Locations


Dates: March 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 from 6:30PM (6:00PM on March 11 only) - 10:00PM 

& Saturday, March 30 Simulation from 8:00AM-5:00PM 

Location: Bethany Lutheran Church, CLC Fellowship Hall
3701 W. Slaughter Lane
Austin, TX 78749


Dates: June 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 from 6:30PM (6:00PM on June 11 only) - 10:00PM

& Saturday, June 29 Simulation from 8:00AM-5:00PM 

Location: Riverbend Church, 4214 Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, TX 78746



Dates: September 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 from 6:30PM (6:00PM on September 9) - 10:00PM 

& Saturday, September 28 Simulation from 8:00AM-5:00PM

Location: Twin Lakes Fellowship Church, 1500 South Bell Blvd., Cedar Park, TX 78613