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Emergency Services Training

Once you have completed the Orientation Course (“Level 1”), you can start training working toward an Emergency Services rating. Ratings are the jobs we do during a mission. Examples of ratings are “Mission Pilot”, “Airborne Photographer”, “Mission Radio Operator”, and “Ground Team Member”.

CAP Online Learning

The following courses are on eServices in Online Learning and AXIS here:

  • CAPT 116 General ES – This one should be completed first.
  • Introductory Communications User Training
  • CAPT 117 ES Continuing Education Part 1 – This training is for members that will be working on ground teams during missions
  • CAPT 117 ES Continuing Education Part 2 – This training is for members that will be working on aircrew teams during missions
  • CAPT 117 ES Continuing Education Part 3 – This training is for members that will be working at the mission base during missions

FEMA Training

The following courses are offered online for free through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). For FEMA courses, you will need to sign up for a free account on the FEMA website. Once you complete these courses, you will be emailed a completion certificate that needs to be uploaded to eServices. Instructions for this process are here:

Train for an ES Rating

Once you have completed the CAPT 116 course (also called GES), you should contact your Emergency Services Officer, Operations Officer or the Commander to be assigned a mentor for one of the following “entry-level” positions.

  • Mission Scanner (required to become a Mission Pilot, Mission Observer, or Airborne Photographer)
  • Urban Direction Finder (required to become a Ground Team Member)
  • Mission Staff Assistant (required to perform many Base Staff related positions)
  • Mission Radio Operator

National Headquarters

Check out the National Headquarters website for Education and Training for Emergency Services here:


Q. How do I get involved as an Emergency Services Responder?
A. Become GES qualified by completing your Level 1 or Curry Award (Cadet)

Q. How do I log into eServices?
A. Follow this CAP eServices. On the front page, go to "click here to register".

Q. Where do I find my qualifications in eServices?
A. Log into CAP eServices, on the left side find "My Operations Qualifications". Look through the section under "Emergency Services".

Q. How do I navigate the Eservices Qualification process?
A. Please review this National Headquarters website General Emergency Services Training Materials and review the General Emergency Services Slides.

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