About ACES

Mission: To support our emergency communications partners by promoting a standard for training and certification of amateur radio operators

Goals:

  • To develop training programs for Amateur Radio Emcomm Resources that meet the training needs of municipal, county, state, federal and private served agencies.
  • To manage a certification process for graduates of training programs which provides credentials that are modeled after NIMS/ICS resource typing.
  • To evaluate and accredit training programs and instructors for emergency communication training.
  • To develop and promote exercises in communications preparedness that allow operators to apply their learned skills.

Courses cancelled in response to pandemic

The ACES Basic course in Renton May 2-3 and Bellingham May 30-31 have been cancelled due to the risk of COVID-19 spread.  We will be watching trends and guidance from government partners to determine when it's safe to start again.  We generally don't hold classes during the summer so any new classes won't be until fall of 2020.

ACES Basic (Bellingham, WA) - Cancelled -

This course offering had to be cancelled.  The City of Bellingham Office of Emergency Management and Bellingham ACS are sponsoring an ACES Basic certification course in Bellingham.  The course fee is  $25 per student and includes the student workbook.  ICS 100, 200 and 700 are required prior to certification.  You may still take the class if you haven't completed the FEMA courses and you will receive your certificate when you complete the FEMA courses.  Students are required to bring a radio and manual for programming practice and passing traffic.  Pre-registration is required.  Contact Jim at jrminwa@gmail.com or Scott N7SS at n7ss@arrl.net with questions or more information.
Saturday May 30, 2020 - 8am to 6pm
Sunday May 31, 2020 - 8am to 6pm

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 08:00
Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 08:00
Type: 
Course
Location: 
Whatcom Unified Emergency Coordination Center, 3888 Sound Way, Bellingham, WA 98225
Maximum Class Size: 
30
Currently Registered: 
12
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ACES Basic (Olympia, WA)

Thurston County ARES is sponsoring an ACES Basic certification course.  This course will be held online with new, updated content and will require a device that can provide video and audio with Zoom.  The course fee is $15 per student and includes an electronic version of the draft student workbook.  ICS 100, 200 and 700 are required prior to certification.  You may still take the class if you haven't completed the FEMA courses and you will receive your certificate when you complete the FEMA courses.  Students are required to bring a radio and manual for programming practice and passing traffic.  Pre-registration is required.  Contact Phil W7PLC at w7plc@arrl.net or Scott N7SS at n7ss@arrl.net with questions or more information.
 
It will be held over two weeks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings.  Participants will need to attend all six sessions to receive a certificate.
 
October 26, 28, 30 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm
November 2, 4, 6 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Event Date: 
Monday, October 26, 2020 - 18:30
Type: 
Course
Location: 
Online
Maximum Class Size: 
20
Currently Registered: 
19
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ACES Basic (Coupeville, WA)

ICARC is sponsoring an ACES Basic certification  course in Coupeville.  The course fee is  $25 per student and includes the student workbook.  There will be an additional $5 requested for refreshments for a total of $30.  ICS 100, 200 and 700 are required prior to certification.  You may still take the class if you haven't completed the FEMA courses and you will receive your certificate when you complete the FEMA courses.  Students are required to bring a radio and manual for programming practice and passing traffic.  Pre-registration is required.  Contact Bob AF9W at af9w@w7avm.org with questions or more information.
Saturday November 14, 2020 - 8am to 6pm
Sunday November 15, 2020 - 8am to 6pm

Event Date: 
Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 08:00
Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 08:00
Type: 
Course
Location: 
Commissioner's Hearing Room in the Annex Building, 1 NE 6th St, Coupeville, WA
Maximum Class Size: 
20
Currently Registered: 
9
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ACES Basic accepted as EC-001 alternative in Western Washington

The ARES task book was released during the summer of 2019 and listed the EC-001 course (or local equivalent) as a requirement for Level 2 and 3.  Monte Simpson, the ARRL Western Washington Section Manager, has accepted the ACES Basic course as a local alternative for the ARRL EC-001 course.  Monte is a graduate with his ACES certificate and has taught the ACES material in Kitsap and Jefferson Counties.  The ACES team is excited to be able to provide this value to ARES members wishing to upgrade their skills and complete their task books.

ACES Basic (Seattle, WA)

Seattle Auxiliary Communications (ACS) is hosting an ACES Basic course.  The course fee is $25 per student at the door and includes the student workbook and certificate.  The FEMA IS-100, IS-200 and IS-700 courses are available online and are required prior to certification. You may take the class before completing the FEMA courses and will receive your ACES certificate when you complete the FEMA courses. Students are required to bring a radio and manual for programming practice and a headset is recommended. The class focuses on your performance and mastry of the skills required for auxiliary communications support. You will be operating and checking into a net, sending and receiving formal message traffic in multiple formats and programming your radio to new frequencies. To complete the course there is a multiple choice exam and practical demonstration of learned skills. Contact Carl at Carl@N7KUW.com with questions or for more information.
The course will be held at South Seattle College, Brockey Center, Room 140.
Saturday Feb 22, 2020 - 8:00am-6:00pm
Sunday Feb 23, 2020 - 8:00am-6:00pm

Event Date: 
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 08:00
Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 08:00
Type: 
Course
Location: 
South Seattlle College, 6000 16th Ave SW, Seattle 98106
Maximum Class Size: 
35
Currently Registered: 
28
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ACES Basic (Renton, WA) - Cancelled -

This course offering had to be cancelled.  Highline ARC and the WW Medical Services Team are jointly hosting an ACES Basic course.  The course fee is $25 per student at the door and includes the student workbook and certificate.  The FEMA IS-100, IS-200 and IS-700 courses are available online and are required prior to certification. You may take the class before completing the FEMA courses and will receive your ACES certificate when you complete the FEMA courses. Students are required to bring a radio and manual for programming practice and a headset is recommended. The class focuses on your performance and mastry of the skills required for auxiliary communications support. You will be operating and checking into a net, sending and receiving formal message traffic in multiple formats and programming your radio to new frequencies. To complete the course there is a multiple choice exam and practical demonstration of learned skills. - Cancelled -
Saturday May 2, 2020 - 8:00am-6:00pm
Sunday May 3, 2020 - 8:00am-6:00pm

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 2, 2020 - 08:00
Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 08:00
Monday, May 4, 2020 - 08:00
Type: 
Course
Location: 
Kaiser Permanente Renton Admin Campus, 2715 Naches Ave SW, Renton, WA, Room RCR111/115
Maximum Class Size: 
40
Currently Registered: 
29
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ACES Basic (Kirkland, WA)

Kirkland ARES is sponsoring an ACES Basic course.  The course fee is $25 per student at the door and includes the student workbook and certificate.  The FEMA IS-100, IS-200 and IS-700 courses are available online and are required prior to certification. You may take the class before completing the FEMA courses and will receive your ACES certificate when you complete the FEMA courses. Students are required to bring a radio and manual for programming practice and a headset is recommended. The class focuses on your performance and mastry of the skills required for auxiliary communications support. You will be operating and checking into a net, sending and receiving formal message traffic in multiple formats and programming your radio to new frequencies. To complete the course there is a multiple choice exam and practical demonstration of learned skills. Contact Scott at N7SS@arrl.net with questions or for more information.  This course is currently closed and any new registrations will be placed on a waiting list.
Saturday February 22, 2020 - 8:00am-6:00pm
Sunday February 23, 2020 - 8:00am-6:00pm

Event Date: 
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 08:00
Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 08:00
Type: 
Course
Location: 
Kirkland Fire Station 22, 6602 108th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033
Maximum Class Size: 
24
Currently Registered: 
22
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ACES Basic (Bremerton, WA)

Kitsap ARES is sponsoring an ACES Basic certification  course in Bremerton.  The course fee is  $25 per student and includes the student workbook.   ICS 100, 200 and 700 are required prior to certification.  You may still take the class if you haven't completed the FEMA courses and you will receive your certificate when you complete the FEMA courses.  Students are required to bring a radio and manual for programming practice and passing traffic.  Pre-registration is required. 
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 8am-6pm
Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 8am-6pm

Event Date: 
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 08:00
Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 08:00
Type: 
Course
Location: 
Bremerton Public Works Building, 100 Oyster Bay Ave South, Bremerton, WA
Maximum Class Size: 
40
Currently Registered: 
15
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