Training, Certification & Credentialing


Levels of Certification and Requirements

Note:  Application Process has been updated

As of (8/6/2018), BCARES will essentially require that the 'Associate Level' training requirements to be completed, and evidence of same, forwarded to the Membership and Training Coordinator, along with the signed Application and MOU documents available below.

The Associate Level requirements are identified in the chart on Page 2 of the Application document, (as well as on the continuation of this page below . When the complete package, ( Signed App, Signed MOU, and evidence of training completed) is received, you will be contacted by our Membership and Training Coordinator with further instructions and information, (including details on scheduling an Orientation session and fulfilling the Net Control requirement.

Feel free to contact Jerry (NØOUW) with any questions about the updated process.    303-775-8813  or  303-772-6736

Restrictions: BCARES (Sheriff's) ID is not issued at this level

Associate (A)

BCARES (Sheriff's) ID will be issued at this level


Restrictions: Deployment to established facilities only (EOCs, shelters, fair grounds, hospitals, etc.) No emergency restricted zones. No solo deployments.

Facility Support (F)


  • All Associate Requirements
  • IS-700.B NIMS An Introduction
  • Operations Qualified [do 1 of 3]
    1. NCS qualified (annually)
    2. Packet Qualified (annually)
    3. ATV Qualified (annually)
  • WEBEOC Trained and Qualified

Restrictions: Deployment to established facilities only (EOCs, shelters, fair grounds, hospitals, etc.) NO emergency restricted zone deployments.

Field Support (S)


  • All Facility Support Requirements
  • Emergency First Aid & CPR Card (bi-annually) (Most First Aid and CPR cards are good for 2 years.)
  • Carry Test (CT) — Carry a fully-loaded ATV backpack with one 29 AHr battery 100 yards. No time limit. (annually)

Restrictions: None

Field Qualified (Q)


Restrictions: None

Optional / Advanced Certifications

Boulder County Training

  • EOC Radio Operations Qualified (Operation of Yellow Channel- RADO)
  • Boulder EOC Qualified
  • Longmont EOC Qualified
  • CU EOC Qualified
  • Broomfield EOC Qualified

ARRL Training

FEMA Incident Command Training

Other Training

  • Red Card: Firefighter One (e.g., Colorado Firecamp)
  • CERT
  • Skywarn / Weather Spotter

Additional Training Documentation

BCARES Personal Training Record - Print a copy to use for tracking your training progress. (Clicking on this link will download a Word document to your PC)

NCS Self Evaluation- Evaluate your own performance as a Net Control Station

73 ATV Article 1992 BCARES - Good article to review during Orientation Training

Add Television to your ARES Tool Set - An ATV success story

  3 Responses to “Training, Certification & Credentialing”

  1. The training committee is developing a list of trainers and dates for training. We hope to have those announced around the time of the annual meeting.

  2. Hi Scott,

    We only have one meeting per year. It is in January though. We’ll be meeting on January 23 at the Boulder County Clerk & Recorders Office, 1750 33rd St., in Boulder, CO. This will be a very informative meeting and will have our demo equipment which includes portable ATV, Packet and Digital incl. D-STAR. We’ll have our demo helicopter SAR Drone and ATV robot plus one of our member’s will demo his GMC SUV which is really a comm. vehicle to behold. Developed for the DHS. Our served agency, the Boulder County Sheriffs Office will have our Sheriff speak to the goup on this past years events, floods and wildfires that we participated in plus our County OEM will be there too. Any other info, please contact me.
    Jack Ciaccia, WM0G
    ARRL CO Section Manager

  3. I found the link to the letter but I don’t see any “news” link anywhere. What am I missing?