Basic Training

Next Class:

Nathan L. Bennett Hempstead Town Hall
1 Washington Street
Hempstead, New York 11550

September 27, October 4, October 11, October 18, October 25, November 1 (at OEM) and November 8 (Graduation)

All classes begin at 7 p.m.

CERT training is free for Nassau County residents who are 18 years of age or older. If you are considering joining CERT, please be aware that you must attend all training sessions; missed classes can be made up. A background check will be conducted prior to acceptance into the program.

Information for new CERT applicants:

Please fill out the CERT Membership Application and Background Check Request forms prior to the first class. Both forms are fillable PDFs that should be completed, signed and returned via email. Please save a copy for your records. The signed forms may be emailed to If you are unable to send the completed application and background check forms via email, they must be brought to the first class.

For more information about the CERT basic training, please contact the CERT Desk at the Office of Emergency Management at (516) 573-9600 or by emailing