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Anyone who may need to communicate to the public during a crisis or emergency can benefit from taking the Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) training. CERC trainings are based on lessons learned during public health emergencies, evidence-based practices from the fields of risk and crisis communication, and psychology. The CERC program offers online and in-person trainings.

CERC Online Training

This CERC training covers all crucial aspects from the CERC manual.
Last updated 2014

CERC Pandemic Flu (and Infectious Diseases) Online Training

This training applies CERC principles to help prepare and respond to a severe pandemic flu or other infectious disease outbreak.

In-Person CERC Training

The CERC program can coordinate in-person trainings by CDC CERC trainers for organizations and groups upon request. A CERC training typically lasts one full business day. A shorter overview of CERC may be presented when time is limited. The CERC program works with those who submit training requests to tailor each in-person training for the audience. A one-day training covers the three core modules and typically two additional modules selected by the organization requesting the training.
Please note: To conduct a CERC training at your location, we require your organization to cover travel costs for the trainer(s).
To request an in-person training, please email