Training

2020 Training Activities.

Training activities have been completed for 2020. The schedule for 2021 training activities will be posted in January 2021.

Questions about makeup of any of the training activities listed below can be directed to training@k0ecs.org.

ECS Advanced Weather Spotting. Completed. Prospective members can contact training@k0ecs.org for a link to the video.

ECS Additional Weather Spotting. Click here to view a video by Bill KA2FNK and Greg KC0BBQ. Existing members may wish to view this optional video as a review in preparation for the Weather Spotting Exam.

ECS Protocols Training: Completed. If you missed this training and need it to complete your membership requirements for 2020, contact training@k0ecs.org for makeup information.

ECS Protocols Exercise. Completed. If you missed this training and need it to complete your membership requirements for 2020, contact training@k0ecs.org for makeup information

Weather Spotting and Protocols Testing

Click on the links below to take the Weather Spotting and Protocols Exam. Both exams are on-line and are self scoring. You must score 80% or above to pass and may take the exams as many times as necessary.

Weather Spotting Exam

Protocols Exam

Both of the exams above should have been completed by March 31, 2020. If you still need to complete a makeup exam, please contact training@k0ecs.org.

Background Check.

If you were a member in good standing for 2019, you do not need to complete a background check for 2020.

If you were not a member in good standing in 2019, you must submit the background check form directly to the County by February 29, 2020.

Makeup Information:

For prospective members and members whose certification expires in 2020 - If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled events above, contact training@k0ecs.org as soon as possible. Limited makeup opportunities will be made available.

If you have questions about your Member status, contact training@k0ecs.org


Full training requirements are detailed on the right hand side of this page.

Training requirements for existing ECS Members

Existing ECS Members must meet the following criteria to remain certified.

  • Every year:
    • Complete the on-line Membership Info Update Form, even if nothing has changed since the previous year.
    • Complete and submit the form on-line at the link above.
    • Pay $5.00 dues - you can now use PayPal - click here.
  • At least every other year:
    • View the ECS Advanced Spotter Training video.
    • Participate in the ECS Protocols Exercise.
    • Pass the on-line tests covering the content of the ECS weather spotter training and ECS protocols.

Summary of Training Requirements

All activities below must be completed by March 31, 2020 to be certified for the 2020 storm season.

(See schedule and other details at left)

1. For those who wish to become a member of ECS for the first time.

  • Complete your FEMA ICS-100 and 700 courses and submit completion certificates to training@k0ecs.org. (links to the FEMA Courses are at the bottom of the "Join" page.)
  • Complete the Member Info Form
  • Pay your membership dues ($5.00)
  • Complete the background check form and submit it directly to Johnson County Emergency Management (directions on the form). This step must be completed by February 28 to allow the County time to process the background check.
  • Attend the Protocols Training
  • Attend the Protocols Exercise
  • View the Advanced Spotter Training video
  • Complete the Protocols and Weather Spotting tests on-line.

2. For existing members whose certification expires in 2020:

  • Complete the Member Info Form
  • Pay your dues ($5.00)
  • Complete the Protocols and Weather Spotting tests on-line.
  • Attend the ECS Protocols Exercise or the January NWS Advanced Weather Spotting event. (Attendance at both is recommended).

Attendance at the Protocols Training, and viewing of the Advanced Spotter Training video is optional.

3. For existing members whose certification expires in 2021:

  • Complete the Member Info Form
  • Pay your dues ($5.00)

Attendance at the January NWS Advanced Weather Spotting Event is recommended for all ECS members. Attendance at the Protocols Training, Protocols Exercise and viewing of the Advanced Spotter Training video is optional.

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.

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.