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COARES Training Goal:
COARES members have the ability to respond in a communications emergency
with skills, equipment and knowledge


Franklin County CERT conducts classes throughout the year.  The series of classes consists of 20 hours of instruction.   For additional details and to register for the course, please visit the Franklin County CERT web site and select the Training button.

What knowledge and skills do you need to be an effective emergency communicator? How will you learn these skills? We recommend starting with some basic training and practice:

  • ARRL's EmComm Level 1 (highly recommended for all COARES members)
  • Check in to Wednesday night nets
  • Volunteer for an event
  • Incident Command System IS-100 (highly recommended for all COARES members)
  • National Incident Management System IS-700 (highly recommended for all COARES members)
  • American Red Cross Standard First Aid

COARES Training Resources:
Practice, and Documentation and Procedures.

ARRL Certification and Continuing Education: Internet Courses

All amateurs are encouraged to take the ARRL Introduction to EmComm (EC-001). ARRL's online Level 1 class opens for registration on the first Monday of each month. For a complete list of available ARRL online courses and registration information, see the ARRL CCE Course Listing.

The ARRL C-CE courses are available online, thanks to the ARRL's partnership with the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC), a nonprofit organization that specializes in developing on-line courses for Connecticut colleges and universities. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for all ARRL Certification and Continuing Education courses.

Additional Training Opportunities

  • American Red Cross. Call the Volunteer Resources Office at 614-253-2740 ext 2355 for more information about First Aid or other Red Cross classes.
  • Central Ohio Severe Weather Network provides readiness testing and training. Check the COSWN website for more information.
  • Franklin County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). The Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Office, in cooperation with the Franklin County Fire Chief's Association, and the Citizens Corps, schedules CERT training classes.

    Please keep in mind that you must attend all sessions to receive your Certificate. If you are interested in attending CERT training, please sign up on the Franklin County CERT website to be notified about upcoming training dates.   The Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Office website also maintains information about CERT and  you can register for training by contacting Pam Tickle at 614-794-0213.

    CERT Training is designed to prepare you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Because emergency services personnel may not be able to help everyone immediately, you can make a difference by using the training provided in this course to save lives and protect property.


  • Wednesday night nets: check in to 147.06+ (94.8PL) at 20:00, except for the third Wednesday of the month which is our in-person meeting.
  • Volunteer for events. Check the event schedule and contact COARES event manager.
  • Participate in NTS nets: Central Ohio Traffic Net nightly at 7:15pm on 147.24+, and the Ohio Single Sideband Net at 10:30, 16:15, and 18:45 local time on HF(3972.5 KHz).
  • Friday night CW learning net at 20:00 on 145.49-
  • COSWN Readiness Test net on Tuesday at 19:30 (3rd Tuesday in winter months) on 146.76-


  • An Introduction to the Franklin County EMA is a powerpoint presentation that describes the organization, functions, and procedures of the agency. It is available as an online slide show, or you may download the zipped powerpoint file (55kb).
  • The American Red Cross Volunteer Application Process
  • How to check hospital antennas
  • Simple event participation
  • Football games
  • Columbus Marathon
  • Net and meeting training tips
  • What to bring to an event, antenna test, etc.

If you have any comments or questions, contact COARES Training Manager.

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