Last Updated on April 19, 2024 by KC7NYR

Washington County ARES Active Member Requirements

ARRL – EC-001
Washington County ARES Orientation Course (under development)

For complete membership requirements for Washington County ARES, please visit their site. Check your local county for ARES training requirements.

EC-001 Course: Introduction to Emergency Communication: This course is designed to provide basic knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer. The course has 5 sections with 28 lesson topics. It includes required student activities, a 35-question final assessment and is expected to take approximately 45 hours to complete over a 9-week period.

To download the zipped section files, click on the course link below.

ARES ManualAmateur Radio Emergency Service Manual

FEMA Training

Oregon ACES – Basic Certification: Oregon ACES was formed to develop a training and certification program for amateur radio emergency communicators.

Mission: To support our emergency communications partners by promoting a standard for training and certification of amateur radio operators.


  • To develop training programs for Amateur Radio Emcomm Resources that meet the training needs of municipal, county, state, federal and private served agencies.
  • To manage a certification process for graduates of training programs which provides credentials that are modeled after NIMS/ICS resource typing.
  • To evaluate and accredit training programs and instructors for emergency communication training.
  • To develop and promote exercises in communications preparedness that allow operators to apply their learned skills.

History: Amateur radio has a long history of supporting agencies in need with a variety of communications services in the event of an emergency. Traditionally these services have been available under either a Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) program as outlined by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) program outlined by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), or a combination of both programs.

The  ACES program includes these and other emergency communications services including Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS), Civil Air Patrol (CAP), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Radio Emergency Associated Communications Teams (REACT), US Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA), Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS), Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) and others that can provide specific communications solutions.

ARRL- Online Course Catalog

  • Introduction to Emergency Communication (EC-001)
  • Description. This course is designed to provide basic knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer. Visit ARRL for complete course details.

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

  • Description. 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.
  • Visit ARRL for complete course details.

PR-101: ARRL Public Relations (PR-101)

  • Description. This is a basic training course for PIOs and anyone interacting with the media and promoting Amateur Radio.
  • This course is designed to give hams a quick overview in public relations activities.
  • Visit ARRL for complete course details.

Emergency Communications Training

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