The ARES Training and Certifications training matrix levels below is an explanation of the duties.  Click on a level or use the navigation menu to the right to see the requirements to reach each level. All members of Sacramento County ARES will be expected to complete and keep up with the continued eligibility requirements. The effective date will be listed under the full description of each level.  Any questions please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ARES Training and Certifications 

Level Description
Disaster Worker Basic Training Disaster Deployment Core Training - This training block serves as the foundation for all ARES members.  These topics can be completed via computer at your leisure.  Members would go on from this qualification to become Field Communicators, Digital Communicators, or other specialties.
Field Communicator This is a basic qualification for field operations because every deployable ARES operator must be able to function as a field communicator.  Typical assignments might include being a CERT team communicator, a Medical Reserve Corps communicator, being assigned to checkpoints, shelters, or serving to relay information about crowds or other intelligence to a command post.
Digital Communicator I Communicate using fldigi and related programs to send digital messages, Red Cross and ICS forms and text/spreadsheet files.  Demonstrate ability to perform these functions in a field setting such as command posts, shelters, etc.  This is the first digital qualification, which all members are strongly encouraged to achieve.
Digital Communicator II This is a continuation of Digital Communicator I, which is a prerequisite. Communicate using packet radio with specific software to send/receive digital messages live, to/from mail boxes, send/receive email, and track location of others as well as send your own location via radio.
HF Communicator Provide intra and inter-county communications in the event that repeaters and land line systems are not available.  Typical usage might include providing field reports to a command post or EOC, communicating between city and county EOCs, or making contact with other county or state agencies or sending H&W traffic out of an impacted area.  This may also involve sending/receiving email via HF when a packet network is not available.
Net Control Operator - Non-Deployable This level is for those who wish to be able to serve during a disaster or other emergency but feel they would be unable to physically deploy to an uncontrolled location.  Typical assignments might include being a net control operator for resource nets, command nets, public service events, or weekly (Monday night) nets.  The location of net control would typically be from one's home, County OES, or a controlled location at a public service event.
Net Control Operator - Deployable This is effectively the same position as the non-deployable net operator, but could also operate from field command posts, shelters, staging areas, and provide tactical net control at unsecured locations.