AAACERT Basic Training - March 2023

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AAACERT Basic Training - March 2023

Learn how to protect yourself, your family, and others during a disaster or emergency.

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Fire Training Academy 415 Maxwell Frye Road Millersville, MD 21108

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Refunds up to 7 days before event
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  • 8 days 23 hours
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During an emergency or following a major disaster, first responders may not be able to meet the increased demand for their services. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates community members about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using this training, CERT-trained individuals can assist others in their family, their neighborhood, and their community until first responders arrive.

Anne Arundel – Annapolis Community Emergency Response Team (AAACERT) is pleased to provide this CERT Basic Training.  Our 21-hour course teaches these skills using updated FEMA-supplied materials, incorporating practical exercises, and culminating with a disaster scenario in a realistic environment.

The target audience for this course are individuals who desire the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and respond to a disaster. The minimum age is 16 and there is no maximum age. Everyone participates to the extent that they can, given individual constraints.

Our Early Spring class will be held in March 2023.

  • March 17 (Friday evening): 6pm-9pm
  • March 18 (Saturday): 8am-5pm
  • March 19 (Sunday): 8am-3pm
  • March 26 (Sunday): 1pm-5pm (course completion and disaster simulation)

Classroom instruction and all practical exercises, including our final disaster simulation will be conducted at the Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy in Millersville.

The Fire Training Academy is currently open for normal (similar to pre-pandemic) instruction. As such, we are planning for a full class (maximum size of 24 class members). If circumstances change, we may be required to reduce the size of the class (for social distancing) and/or change the venue for inside instruction (the final day is always outside at the Fire Training Academy). Early registrants will have priority if class size has to be reduced. FULL refunds will be available if you are affected by reduced class size or we have to cancel the class.


You must complete the following two, free on-line FEMA Emergency Management Institute courses prior to start of class on Day 1:

  1. IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS)
  2. IS-700: An Introduction to the National Incident Management System

If you don’t have one already, you will need to obtain a FEMA Student ID (SID), which is free.

After you have completed each course, take the on-line exam. If you pass the exam by getting at least 75 percent of the answers correct, FEMA will email you a link to a printable certificate (in PDF format) to verify your completion of each course. Please forward the two FEMA emails with the links to the certificates, or e-mail PDFs of the two certificates, to Bruce Morgenstern, our AAACERT Lead Instructor, at

Although the FEMA course descriptions state that each online course takes up to three hours to complete, students generally complete each course and then take an on-line exam to certify completion of the course in a little more than half that time.


You must complete all prerequisites and all units in the CERT Basic Training to receive your nationally recognized Certificate of Completion.

REFUNDS (except as noted above)

Last-minute cancellations limit opportunities for others to register. Therefore, refunds are only available if you cancel at least seven days prior to the beginning of class.  Note:  Irrespective of when you cancel, Eventbrite no longer refunds their add-on fees.


For more information on Basic CERT course objectives or for the course outline, go to If you have any other questions, please contact the AAACERT Lead Instructor, Bruce Morgenstern, at

We look forward to having you!

Be Prepared. Have a Plan