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EC-016 Application for Final Assessment

Taking the Final Assessment for Public Service and Emergency Communications Management for Radio Amateurs (EC-016)

 After completing the Public Service and Emergency Communications Management for Radio Amateurs course you may choose to take a final assessment to earn a certificate of course completion. To enroll for the final assessment certain requirements must be met.  

The Public Service and Emergency Communications Management for Radio Amateurs course requires that you have previously completed ARRL’s Emergency Communications Level 1/Basic course, certain FEMA courses and have some experience with Amateur Radio and public service/emergency communications.

To apply for the Final Assessment and course completion certificate you will also need to supply a reference from your ARRL Section Manager, stating the reason for your participation. Section Managers will take into account your relevant experience or role within public service and emergency communications and whether you are in good standing within the amateur radio community. 

Anyone who wants to receive a course completion certificate for this new course (which we refer to in shorthand as “Advanced EmComm” or “EmComm for Managers”) will first need to document that they have satisfied these requirements. After providing the necessary documentation, you will need to pay an enrollment fee of $35.00 to gain access to the course’s final exam. This fee will help to offset the cost of developing the course and for the online testing service as well as costs for administrative support.   

Documenting Course Requirements These requirements need to be documented and verified by the ARRL Continuing Education Program office:

Item Source
An Amateur Radio license ARRL FCC database
Completion of ARRL’s Level 1/Basic course ARRL Continuing Education database
Recommendation from ARRL Section Manager *Applicant must request this from his/her ARRL Section Manager
  FEMA courses that are prerequisites for this course:  
IS-100.b/ICS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System
*Copy of FEMA transcript
IS-200.b/ICS-200 for Single Incidents and Intitial Action Incidents
*Copy of FEMA transcript
IS-700.b (NIMS): An Introduction
*Copy of FEMA transcript
IS-800.b National Response Framework
* Copy of FEMA transcript
 Additional courses that need to be completed prior to the final  assessment for this course:  
Skywarn Training  
FEMA Professional Development Series, includes the following:  
IS-120.a  An Introduction to Exercises  *Copy of FEMA transcript
IS-230.b Fundamentals of Emergency Management *Copy of FEMA transcript
IS-235.b Emergency Planning *Copy of FEMA transcript
IS-240.a Leadership & Influence *Copy of FEMA transcript
IS-241.a Decision Making & Problem Solving *Copy of FEMA transcript
IS-242.a Effective Communication
*Copy of FEMA transcript
IS-244.a Development and Managing Volunteers
*Copy of FEMA transcript
The Following courses are recommended but not required:  
IS-1 Emergency Manager *Copy of FEMA transcript
IS-250 Emergency Support Function 15 (ESF15) *Copy of FEMA transcript


Please note: the list of FEMA course as prerequisites, as well as those referenced internally within the course, may change as FEMA makes changes to its course offerings or the course is modified to introduce new content.  

You will need to provide verification of completion for the items that are marked by an asterisk (*).

Documentation can be submitted by mail or e-mail to:

225 Main Street
Newington, CT 06111


Application for the Final Assessment

You must apply to take the final assessment by submitting an application.  When you have documented all the requirements outlined above you will receive a confirming email from the ARRL Continuing Education office. After you have paid the course evaluation fee of $35.00, you will receive information to access the online exam site and the final assessment. 

Exceptions. In some cases, the requirement to hold an Amateur Radio License and to complete the ARRL Introduction to Emergency Communications Level 1/Basic Course may be waived. If you are not a licensed radio amateur but are a member of a governmental organization or NGO and have some role or responsibility related to emergency response, you will need to obtain a recommendation from the local ARRL Section Manager describing your role and stating the reason for your interest in earning the course completion certificate.  

Taking the Final Assessment. The final assessment is a 50-question online exam that includes multiple choice questions and true/false questions. You will have the ability to log in and out of the exam site whenever you choose. Once you have completed all questions and submitted your exam it will be scored and your score reported to you. You must achieve a score of 80% to pass. If you do not pass on the first attempt, you will be permitted another try.   When you pass the final assessment you will be prompted to provide your name so that a course completion certificate can be generated. You can print the certificate on your printer. ARRL will be notified of your successful completion so we can update your student history. ARRL will notify your Section Manager of your successful completion.