In order to join CERT, you must be at least 18 years old, pass a background check, and be in good physical condition. CERT certification consists of a 20-hour training program conducted on-site. Meetings are held the first week of each month, usually on a Saturday morning.
Volunteers between the ages of 13 to 17 years old who are currently in high school may join Teen CERT. Adult CERT volunteers train high school students to become Teen CERT members.