ARES Levels Of Participation and Training

Level 1 — This is the primary level for those who choose a non-leadership role as well as those new to Amateur Radio or emergency communications. This introductory training is conducted by the local ARES® group to meet their needs and those of their served agency or partners. This training could be formal or informal, and would introduce the ARES® participant to the fundamentals of emergency communications and provide instruction on how participants are to conduct themselves while serving in the field or otherwise activated. Participants may elect to remain at this level, or any level, based upon the extent of their desired ARES® involvement.

Level 2 — To qualify for this level, participants shall have completed the following courses: ARRL’s® EC-001 Introduction to Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (a no-cost program) and FEMA® IS-100, IS-200, IS 700, and IS-800. Participants are also encouraged to take advantage of training opportunities available through partners to enhance their knowledge and skill set.

Level 3 — This level of training prepares ARES® participants to take on leadership positions such as Emergency Coordinator (EC) and Assistant (AEC), District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) and Assistant (ADEC), Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) and Assistant (ASEC), and other designated positions in the ARES® program. Participants are required to complete ARRL’s® EC-016, Emergency Communications for Management, when available along with FEMA® Professional Development Series of courses IS-120, IS-230, IS-240, IS-241, IS-242, IS-244, and IS-288 the Role of voluntary Organizations in Emergency Management. Participants also are encouraged to complete the FEMA® courses IS-300, and IS-400 should they be available locally.

"ARRL® web-based courses are designed to provide basic knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer."

EC-001 Introduction to Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course satisfies a level 2 Training requirement.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency® offers a list of online independent study courses. Current versions of ICS 100, 200, 700, and 800 are required for level 2 training requirement.

Recommended to take ICS 700 and ICS 800 first to get a foundation for ICS 100 and ICS 200,

Oregon ACES® is a classroom training and certification program for amateur radio emergency communicators. This class covers the ARRL web-based class and more.

SKYWARN® is a National Weather Service® (NWS®) program that consists of trained weather spotters who provide reports of severe and hazardous weather.

Your local National Weather Service office conducts webinar and classroom training normally in the fall before severe weather starts. A web based version of the training can be accessed year-round at MetED. You will need to create a free account to take the free course.