Here you will find information on meetings, training classes, and more about the Benton County, MO Community Emergency Response Team!

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CERT Basic Course

FREE Basic Training Classes:

CERT basic training MUST be a cumulative minimum 20-hour training course. We have scheduled more hours than necessary each day to allow for practical applications, discussions, questions, and more.

CERT classes are completely FREE of charge and you do not need to bring anything to class with you. If you register at Deployment Level 2 or above, you will be provided with a CERT pack and/or CERT PPE at the conclusion of your training! We also ask you to complete select, free, online FEMA Independent Study courses depending on the level of activity you wish to pursue with the group. See the Deployment Levels flyer below for which FEMA courses we ask for by level and click here to get to our FEMA Training Links page.

We would like to host one of our free training classes in September 2021. If you are interested, please email CERT Coordinator Kentton Harris at kenttonharriscert@gmail.com to sign up for updates when we schedule the class!

Certified CERT Trainers for Benton County:

Lead Trainer: Samantha Henley

Trainer: Renee Cason

Trainer: Marie Payne-Bowman (REt.)


We will be hosting “Accelerated” CERT 2-day training classes when we have at least six people interested and signed up!

Requirements: Have previous emergency experience (retired or active first responder/military/emergency management, worked with another emergency organization like the American Red Cross/ARES/Faith Based response group, etc.); complete a background check with the MSHP; complete the FEMA IS-100, IS-200, IS-317, IS-700, and IS-800 prior to training; and Consider registering with the BC MO CERT as Level 4 to take part in the Rural Region A CERT program.

About the Accelerated CERT training class: Trainees must meet the 20-hour minimum basic CERT course. We run two twelve-hour days with all three meals sponsored by local businesses. You do not have to bring anything with you. Please wear pants and sturdy footwear, as half of our lessons are hands-on practicals.
For further questions or to sign up for an upcoming class, please contact CERT trainer Samantha Henley at bcmocert@gmail.com or at 573-569-3673 and she will assist you!

Free TEEN CERT Training Classes!

Right now, we are accepting applications for teens (whose parents are also CERT certified or are planning on taking the basic 20-hour training course) who are interested in assisting, training, and volunteering with our BC MO CERT group in non-responder activities, such as public events, appearances, outreach to schools, etc. Teen CERTs are required to pass the FREE FEMA Independent Study Courses IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, and IS-800, along with the same basic 20-hour training course which the adults complete.

If you or someone you know may be interested in our Teen CERT program, send an email with your contact information and request to bcmocert@gmail.com and we will get in touch with you to discuss this great opportunity!

CERT Frequently Asked Questions Flyer for use by any CERT team members:  CERT FAQ Flyer

CERT Flyer for the front of training binders:  CERT Binder Flyer

All CERT paperwork/forms for CERT team members:  CERT Forms

New CERT Trifold Flyer:  CERT Trifold

BC MO CERT Bag Checklist – Primary 

 BC MO CERT Bag Checklist – Supplemental