Certificate of Achievement

Before we can send you to support one of our served agencies, we need to know that you understand the basics of the Incident Command System (ICS), the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and the National Response Framework (NRF). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers free, online courses that will satisfy this requirement: IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, and IS-800. Please follow the links below, review the online material, take the multiple-choice final exams, and email a copy of your certificates to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additionally, we would like you to read and understand the Colorado ECom material, written by Pat Lambert, W0IPL. While some of the references to organizations are no longer current (substitute ECom with ARES R1D1), the information regarding emergency communications is timeless. Please note that the embedded tests are no longer required, and the ARRL sponsored ARECC courses are also no longer required.


ARES Training entails FEMA ICS (Incident Command System) #100, #200, #700 and #800. It also includes reading and understanding the ECom material. It also may include training in the use of different modes of digital communications such as APRS, Packet, Amtor, Pactor, PSK31, RTTY, and many more. It also may include mobile installation workshops, setting up portable antennas and stations. It may include procedural methods, troubleshooting amateur stations in the field, temporary repairs, interaction with agency personnel, Amateur TV operation and deployment , severe weather, net control and many more topics as required to fulfill the missions of our served agencies.  You can absolutely be assured it will include the use of ICS forms as required by our served agencies. Some items for training will be available online, some in classroom settings and some on air, on weekly nets.

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