What is C-CERT?

The Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) is based on the national Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) model. In this model, community members form a team following disasters or when professional emergency services need assistance. These volunteers work under the direction of the local emergency agencies coordinating relief efforts to supplement and support first responders. The C-CERT program takes this response structure and applies it to the unique needs of universities and college campuses.

About C-CERT at Virginia Tech

While Virginia Tech does not maintain an active C-CERT program, Emergency Management does provide C-CERT training twice a year to students, faculty and staff members to encourage personal preparedness. By participating in C-CERT training, volunteers learn about responding to disasters in their communities, as well as about the first response and community service opportunities available in the New River Valley area.

C-CERT training overview

The C-CERT training course is designed to provide volunteers with a broad overview of disaster preparedness and response skills in a team-based environment. The course involves both hands-on and lecture opportunities to learn skills and knowledge associated with emergency response.

The course is divided into 14 modules over 10 course days. Each lesson provides a glimpse into a different area of emergency management and response. Topics include:

  • Disaster preparedness and C-CERT organization
  • Hazard Identification
  • Fire safety
  • Urban and wilderness search and rescue
  • Terrorism awareness
  • Portable radio use
  • Disaster psychology
  • CPR and First Aid certification
  • ICS 100 certification
  • Additional emergency knowledge, skills, and abilities

The C-CERT Training course is taught by experts in the field, so volunteers will have the opportunity ask questions of police officers, firefighters, EMTs, incident management experts, and members of Emergency Management.

Ready to Join?

Registration for Fall 2016 C-CERT training is not open at this time. Please check back at a later date or contact Emergency Management at oem@vt.edu or 540-231-4873 with questions.