Because CERT is a volunteer organization dealing with emergency situations, our members must keep their response skills properly maintained. We do this through periodic refresher training, participation in CERT meetings, and support of community activities. There are multiple opportunities to accommodate full-time and seasonal residents.
Yearly Training Requirements
Professional Development Series (1 of 12 per year)
New emergency response concepts and techniques are explored in our monthly Professional Development Series. This training is conducted at Bacall Recreation Center, Casablanca Room, on the second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 – 6:00 pm. Registration through Eventbrite.com is required to attend these classes.
Annual CERT Training (ACT) (1 of 8 per Year)
Some skills need to be practiced to be sure we’re ready to use them when called upon. Our hands-on continuing training class is offered eight times a year from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at various Regional Recreation Centers. Registration through Eventbrite.com is required to attend these classes.
CPR/ AED/ Heimlich Training (Every other year)
CERT offers CPR (CardioPulmonary Resuscitation) /CCC (Continuous Chest Compression) /AED (Automated External Defibrillator) classes on the 2nd Friday of every month at Colony Cottage Recreation Center from 1:00 – 3:30 pm. Registration through EventBrite.com is required to attend these classes.
Yearly Participation Requirements
CERT General Meeting (1 of 4 per year)
There are 4 general business meeting held each year. During each meeting speaker usually provides a related presentation. 6:00 – 8:00 pm at one of The Villages’ recreation centers.
Division Team Meeting (2 of 6 per year)
Each neighborhood team (Division Team) meets 6 times a year. These can be practice call-outs or classroom training sessions with your assigned small group.
Volunteer For 2 Major Villages Events (2 of about 40 per year)
CERT of The Villages provides support to various Villages activities. For instance, CERT sets up a First Aid Tent at various Town Square activities and has roving patrols in the crowds.