ARES Training and Certification

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Madison ARES is committed to the support of Emergency support and communications. This page is for the use of the members of MARC to train for the basic requirements of the ARES support role. More information will be provided as we work as a team developing our training and operations preparedness. We welcome non MARC members to use this page. We also acknowlege that this material is from ARRL and our use of it is as ARRL memebers and in the role of increasing our value using their resources. 

National Preparedness

IS-100.C: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100

IS-700.B: An Introduction to the National Incident Management System


EC-001-S – Introduction to Emergency Communication

This course is designed to provide basic knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer. EC-001-S is a self-guided version of the EC-001 course, with no mentor. The course has 6 sections with 28 lesson topics. It includes required student activities, as well as a 35-question final assessment and is expected to take approximately 45 hours to complete. Students will have 24/7 access to the course platform and can complete coursework at any time.

EC-016 – Public Service and Emergency Communications Management for Radio Amateurs

This course is designed to train licensed Amateur Radio operators who will be in leadership and managerial roles organizing other volunteers to support public service activities and communications emergencies. In this course you will learn how radio amateurs prepare and organize to support local community events, and, working in coordination with governmental and other emergency response organizations, deploy their services to provide communications when needed in an emergency. 

This course is made available on our website to all ARRL members. It is a self-study course that you may complete at your own pace. 

This is not a course which you can easily complete in a weekend – it is not intended to be. If you are currently serving in a leadership role in your local ARES organization or are training to assume more management responsibility, you may want to complete the final assessment for this course and earn the certificate of completion validating your study. Students who successfully complete the curriculum activities and receive their certificates will indeed be ready for leadership roles in situations where lives and property are at stake.


PR-101 – Public Relations 101 for Radio Amateurs

This course is designed to give hams a quick course in public relations activities. It uses the skills of experts in various aspects of public relations to provide volunteer Public Information Officers with the basic skills and expectations that a Public Information Officer needs to know. PR-101 covers everything from the basic news release to Web sites and video work.

The PR-101 course is conveniently set-up for you to complete the course and final exam on your own schedule. Participants who successfully complete the final exam will be able to view and print a certificate of completion.