Basic CERT Training – Free

Hays County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be offering the Basic CERT Certification Class:

Where: First Baptist Church San Marcos – 325 McCarty Ln, San Marcos, TX 78666


Class 1                           Saturday, October 21st – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Class 2                           Saturday, October 28th – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Final/Practical            Saturday, November 18th – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
(Attendance and participation is mandatory for certification)

Become Nationally CERT certified by taking this 20-hour course. Help yourself and your neighbors during an emergency. This course is intended to provide the knowledge and skills citizen volunteers need to effectively serve their community; the focus is on preparing for local emergencies and how to respond to them.

Class 1, Class 2 and the Final/Practical must be attended along with taking an online test (done at your convenience prior to November 18th), IS-317, scored through the FEMA website.

Follow these easy steps in order to register for this class:

Step 1 – Submit Hays CERT application. Go to then select the Volunteer/Contact Us at the top of the page. Click on the “application form” hyperlink in the center of the page.

Step 2 – Email completed Hays CERT application to

Step 3 – Sign up for an account on Preparing Texas Click the “Create an Account” on the top/right side. Once complete then you can register for class – see Step 4.

Step 4 –  Register for class at click the “Training Catalog” tab at the top of the page. On the “Classroom Catalog” form enter only the “Course#” G317 and click the search. Click “View Available Classes” and select the course at First Baptist Church San Marcos to register.

*There will be a delay between registration and the acceptance, wait until you receive emails for both.

Step 5 – Register for an SID Number with FEMA. Save this number as you will need it later.

Thank you for considering the Basic CERT Certification Class!

Here are a few tips on attending class:

  • Coffee and water will be provided.
  • Lunch Break 1 hour – there are restaurants nearby or feel free to bring from home.

We will have access to a microwave.

Final/Practical – Must be taken and submitted to  prior to November 17th (Friday,) Go to -Save this website; your final (IS-317: Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams) as well as other emergency certification will be taken here. Additional suggested classes: IS-100.B, IS-200.B, IS-700.A and IS-800.B These can be taken anytime during or after this course. Always forward completed certificates to Laurie Taylor,