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ES Training Info

There is a significant amount of education and training required for the varied missions Civil Air Patrol supports, and more importantly the personnel needed to accomplish those missions.

General Emergency Services (GES - CAP Test 116)

All personnel supporting missions for Civil Air Patrol start with General Emergency Services training.  This is essentially CAP's license to learn, and also provides core training needed by all members in emergency services:
General Emergency Services Materials

Emergency Services Safety

Safety is a critical component in all CAP operations, and thus CAP requires Operational Risk Management (ORM) training for all members as well.

Mission Aircrew Training

A typical Mission aircrew consists of a Mission Pilot (MP), Mission Observer (MO) and a Mission Scanner (MS).  Even if you are not a qualified pilot, you could serve a vital role in completing our Emergency Services missions!

Mission aircrew training is critical for the variety of aviation operations that CAP supports:
Aircrew and Flightline Task Guide 

Ground Team Training

Ground operations are also a critical function to CAP's mission operations.  Without ground teams, there can be no rescue in SAR.  The following training is used to train our ground operations personnel:
Ground & Urban DF Team Task Guide

For most cadets, Ground Team Operations are how they will contribute to the mission!

For cadets who are working towards gaining a qualification as a Ground Team Member, please visit our 24/72 pack page to see what type of equipment you will need to obtain.

Mission Base Staff Training

All of the above personnel need appropriately training staff to plan and run operations.  The following training is used for the personnel working in ICS staff at the mission bases for CAP:
Mission Base Staff Task Guide

Training Evaluation Process

Trainees are only allowed to operate in the field under the guidance of Qualified Supervisors.

Personnel are only approved to serve in the above specialties by approved evaluators.

External Training

A variety of external training is also available and recommended for CAP members:
Online courses available at FEMA.  These are online courses available to anyone.  They are developed and maintained by DHS.  Many CAP Personnel need to take IS-100, IS-200, IS-700 and/or IS-800 to be NIMS compliant.

National SAR School - Inland SAR Planner Course Online Application  This course is run by the Air Force to train their AFRCC Controllers, CAP Members, and other SAR professionals.  More details are available online at:


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