ARES Training Materials


ARRL ARES Plan - Revised July 14 2022


ARES Training Levels Explained


* Level 1 - This is our "Entry" Level. Some may not want to advance

                   beyond this level and that's OK. Level 1 persons are those

                   who have not completed the 4 basic NIMS (ICS) courses

                   (IS-100, 200, 700 & 800)

                   * Don't let this detour you from continuing on however.

                     Most of us will get to the next level if we just have some

                     patience and help each other.

                   * If you elect not to get any of this training there are

                     activities that you still be able to participate in

                     (parades, races and similar events.)

* Level 2 - This is where we hope that everyone will eventually land.

                    * This means that you have completed all of the above

                       courses, and you are competent operating within the

                       Incident Command Structure.

* Level 3 - This is our Management Level. This level will require you to

                    have completed all of the previous requirements in

                    Level 2, plus the additional NIMS (ICS) courses

                    (IS-300 & 400). This is mostly for management

                    (E.C.'s, D.E.C.'s and higher), but anyone can qualify.

                    * The extra courses IS 300/400 are the structure for

                       managing within the EMA office or at an incident scene

                       and they are not everyone's cup of tea.

                    * We do recognize that IS-300/400 requires multiple days

                      of actual classroom training that is not easily obtained.

                      So, if you just can't find the time to fit these class room

                      courses in, we do have an alternative method for getting

                      you to Level 3. Completing the following “FREE” and

                      “ONLINE” courses will act as substitute for you FEMA

                      Leadership Development Course requirements. You

                      absolutely will need to complete all 7 of these courses

                      to get your ICS 300/400 credit.  Here are the courses

                      that you need to take: 


IS-120, 230, 240, 241, 242, 244 & 288.


NOTE: If you are interested in obtaining a really nice looking

certificate for completing the entire Professional Series courses,

you will also need to complete IS-235.


 Skywarn training is not mandatory,

but is highly recommended for all levels.

Our objective is to do our best to make sure

that you will always exceed the expectations.

Haven't gotten any of those classes in yet?

Here's a link    FEMA on-line courses

to get you started



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    * About the Ohio ARES

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    * Ohio Coordinated Repeaters - Repeater Directory

    * ARRL ARES Manual - 2015

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    * National Training & Education Division - FEMA

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    * Ohio EMA

    * OSHP District Map

    * Public Service (Basic Skills)

    * Ground Plane Antenna

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    * ARRL ARES E-Letter

    * The Anderson Power pole - connector standard

    * Black Swan PowerPoint Presentation

    * Skywarn Spotter Reference Sheet

    * Real Time Ohio Traffic (OHGO)

    * American Red Cross

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    * EmComm

    * Net Directory from the ARRL

    * Skywarn

    * Ohio Citizen Corps

    * Ohio Single Sideband Net (OSSBN)






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