Training Requirements for ARES Members


For ARES members and ARES leadership, the following are the requirements for amateur radio operators to belong to the Florida State Emergency Response Team (FLSERT) from John Fleming at the state EOC. These requirements are in compliance with the requirements of the Department of Homeland Security and of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and apply to all potential disaster responders, volunteer and professional.

The listing below identifies the various categories of potential responders as they apply to amateur radio. ARES membership is preferred and recommended but is not an absolute requirement. Added are also the EMCOMM training of the American Radio Relay League; this is not in the DHS/FEMA guidelines but is a League recommendation and one that is being applied in nearly all states in the Country.


Operators who will be deployed locally only or operating at home stations:  NIMS IS 100 and NIMS IS 700.

Operators likely to be deployed away from their County, ARRL or ARES Officials at the local level (AEC, EC, RACES Officer),  The above plus:  ARRL-EC-001, NIMS IS 200, IS 800

and ARRL 016.

ARRL ARECC & CCE Courses FEMA Independent Study Program & FEMA IS Course List