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Thousand Oaks CERT classes are free and held at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza (City Hall) at 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd in the Oak RoomClasses are scheduled 6:00-9:00 p.m. on six consecutive Wednesdays. A seventh American Red Cross class was recently added to address care and sheltering.  No prior experience is needed and the classes are open to Ventura County residents 18 years and older. To enroll in a class, please complete an application and email it to:

Certainly Cert 09 123What is CERT?

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is designed to educate residents about emergency preparedness and to learn basic emergency response skills. Skills are learned in the classroom and one drill.  Click here for training highlights.

Why was the CERT Program developed?

CERT was developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and modeled after the program by the City of Los Angeles Fire Department. IMG_2326 

Why do the CERT Training?

CERT members are primarily used in neighborhoods to help yourself, your family, and neighborhood.  During a local incident normal services may be disrupted. Residents need to be able to take care of themselves until professional emergency responders arrive. The goal of CERT is to help residents support others in need without placing themselves in danger.

What type of training do CERT members receive?

All classes are taught by trained emergency personnel, and include topics such as safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. To learn more, please visit the Ventura County CERT program at


1. Do I have to be a Thousand Oaks resident to register for the CERT Program?

Although preference goes to Thousand Oaks residents, if you are at least 18 years old and a Ventura County resident, you are qualified. 

2. What if I can't make all the classes?

You can make up classes you miss in a later session with another City. For a countrywide list of classes in see the chart below, click here or call (805) 583-6116.  A make-up form is required to be completed and signed by the instructor of the attending city.  Prior to attending a makeup class at another city, call ahead or email the city cert coordinator to confirm the class session, as the class order may have changed.

 3. When do I receive my CERT Graduation Certificate.

On the day of the final you will be presented with your Certificate only after you have completed all the required courses and attended the final drill.   

4. What is my role after I graduate from CERT?

Completing the CERT program will provide you with situational awareness on what to do in a local emergency.  To keep your skills up to date check with the Ventura County Fire Department for refresher courses that may be offered or visit for more information.  As an option, you may also be certified by the American Red Cross.

5. Where do I get information about the City's Disaster Assistance Response Program (DART)?

The City's DART Program is managed by the Thousand Oaks Police Department and to become a member of DART, you must be a graduate of CERT. To learn more, please click here.