Training

2023 Training Activities.  

If you are becoming certified as an ECS member for 2023 or re-certifying to remain an ECS member, the deadline for completion of all required activities is March 31, 2023.  

ECS Weather Spotter Training:
Monday, January 30, 2023  

This training has been completed.  If you need to arrange a makeup, contact training@k0ecs.org.

ECS Protocols Training:  
Saturday February 18, 2023 at 8:00 AM. 
Johnson County Admin Building, 111 S. Cherry, OlatheEnter through the West doors off Kansas Ave. This training should be completed by Noon. 

This meeting will also include the ECS Annual Business Meeting.  An on-line makeup protocols training session will be made available at a later date for those unable to attend the in-person session.  

ECS Protocols Exercise:
Monday February 27, 6:00 PM  
Johnson County Admin Building, 111 S. Cherry, OlatheEnter through the West doors off Kansas Ave. This exercise should be completed by 9:30 PM.

This will be an in-person table-top exercise.  An on-line makeup session will made available at a later date for those unable to attend the in-person session. 

Weather Spotting Exam
Click here to take the 2023 Weather Spotting Exam.  

This exam must be completed by March 31 and is self-grading.  You must get at least 22 of the 27 questions correct to pass.  You may re-take the exam as necessary.  

Protocols Exam

The link to the Protocols Test will be posted here soon after the protocols training session is completed. . 

Background Check.
If you were a member in good standing for 2022  you do not need to complete a background check for 2023.  

If you were not a member in good standing in 2022, you must submit the background check form directly to the County sometime between January 1 and  February 28, 2023.  

Click here to download the background check form and follow the instructions on the form.  

ECS Training Requirements

Training requirements differ depending on your ECS membership status.  Review the 3 categories below for the training requirements that apply to you.  All activities below must be completed by March 31, 2023 (except as noted) to be certified for 2023.  For questions,  contact training@k0ecs.org.  

1.  For those who wish to become a member of ECS for the first time or whose membership has expired/lapsed.

2.    For existing members whose certification expires in 2023:

Attendance at the Protocols Training, and Weather Spotter Training is optional, but highly recommended.

3.    For existing members whose certification does not expire in 2023:

Dues Payment

All ECS members must pay annual dues ($5.00) to become or to remain certified.  Annual payment of dues is required whether or not you need to recertify.  

Dues may be paid as follows:

Dues must be paid in full by March 31 of each year. 

Amateur Radio Operator Credentialing Requirements and Resource Typing.

Johnson County ECS is a member of the the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Council (MECC) and has coordinated member credentialing requirements and resource typing with other Metro KC emergency communications organizations.   All members must be at least Type IV operators.  Net controllers must be at least Type III operators.  Operators who complete their requirements for membership in ECS (see the Join page) are automatically classified as Type IV operators.

Contact training@k0ecs.org for a summary of the MECC Amateur Radio Operator resource typing categories and requirements and instructions for applying for a resource type upgrade.

Click here for access to the FEMA website with the complete list of independent study courses.

ECS members may request an upgrade of their operator classification through the MECC by completing this form and submitting evidence of completion of the required FEMA courses as instructed on the form.