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Community Emergency Response Team

CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following a local emergency or disaster when professional responders are overwhelmed and unable to immediately assist all individuals.

IMG_0932.JPEGSpring 2023 CERT Class Graduates

CERT Basic Training

2023 Fall Class - To be determined.

CERT Application

Participants must submit a completed application two weeks before the classes and pass a City-processed background check.

  • Visit One ABQ Volunteers to create your volunteer profile and sign-up for the CERT opportunity. Click on the [RESPOND] button at the bottom of the page and complete the form.

Contact Information

Telephone: 505-244-8657
Email: [email protected]


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards (e.g., fire, flood, power outage) that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Other topics include putting together your own disaster kit, disaster psychology and disaster incident management.


The training involves three (3) six-hour Saturday sessions plus a practical exercise for a total of 18 hours. This training consists of interactive skills based training, lectures and concludes with a hands on training exercise. Class registration is free and open to community members who are 18 years or older. Teenagers between 16 to 17 years old may participate in the training if accompanied by a parent/guardian.


Please complete the following FEMA Independent Study Courses in the order below:

You will need to present these four certificates at the beginning of class. It is important that you complete these courses ahead of time as the accelerated class will only review material these courses cover so we can concentrate on the practical exercise and experience drawn from that.

In addition you may also consider taking these two courses to gain a better understanding of the Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Response Framework (NRF).

It is recommended for CERT Volunteer Type 2 - National Qualification Standards (NQS) that volunteers complete 100, 200, 700 and 800.

By becoming a CERT team member, you will receive the training you need to do “the greatest good for the greatest number of people” in the event of an emergency. Volunteers are needed in your neighborhood, so sign up for CERT classes today so that we can make our communities safer, stronger and better prepared!

How Does CERT Help in the Community?

Once a disaster strikes, CERT team members are encouraged to check on their families, neighbors and home first. CERT members then assemble at a pre-designated area and organize into teams. These teams spread out into their neighborhood or workplace to:

  • To serve as the eyes and ears of the City’s Emergency Operations Center and first responders
  • Manage utilities and put out small fires
  • Treat the three killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock
  • Provide basic medical aid, and
  • Search for and rescue victims safely.

Albuquerque CERT contributions go beyond disaster response. In the past, they’ve patrolled the Bosque to keep a watch out for any fires that may erupt, helped out at large-scale events such as the annual International Balloon Fiesta and taught CERT classes.

About CERT

Learn more: What Community Emergency Response Team Training Teaches Participants