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.

Upcoming BC MO CERT classes:

Our next training class is scheduled for Monday and Thursday nights from 6 PM to 9 PM beginning September 16th and will take place in Cole Camp.

  • Monday, September 16 – Units 1 Disaster Preparedness and 6 CERT Organization
  • Thursday, September 19 – Unit 6 cont. and Emergency Communications Training
  • Monday, September 23 – Unit 2 Fire Safety
  • Thursday, September 26 – Units 3 Disaster Medical Operations Part 1 and 4 Disaster Medical Operations Part 2
  • Monday, September 30 – Unit 7 Disaster Psychology
  • Thursday, October 3 – Unit 5 Light Search and Rescue
  • Monday, October 7 – Unit 8 Terrorism and CERT and Unit 9 Review
  • Thursday, October 10 – Written Test/Final Disaster Scenario


We will be hosting a few more “ADVANCED” CERT 2-day training classes in 2019.
Requirements: Have previous emergency experience (retired first responder/military, 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 register with the BC MO CERT as Level 4 to take part in the Rural Region A CERT program.

About the Advanced 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 (will be scheduled when we have at least 6 people committed to the training and have completed the requirements), please contact us at bcmocert@gmail.com and we will assist you!


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