Thousand Oaks CERT

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The City and the Ventura County Fire Department offer a 6 week online CERT program that concludes with a hands on exercise. No prior experience is needed and the classes are open to residents 18 years and older. To enroll in the online CERT program, register today

To register for the in person class, complete the CERT APPLICATION and send it to or call 805 449-2453. 

Certainly Cert 09 123What is CERT?

CERT 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 FEMA and modeled after the program developed by the Los Angeles City 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

CERT Program FAQs

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. To attend a program in other areas of the County, click here.

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

All classes are offered in person and  online at your own pace, including make-up classes.

 3. When do I receive my CERT Graduation Certificate.

After final your final, will be presented with your Certificate. 

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.

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

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