Congratulations on joining CAP! Here are some helpful guidelines to get you started.
- Great Start Guide: Read the CAP Great Start Guide (PDF). This guide gives you a great introduction to CAP, and a checklist for you to follow as a new member. You may also want to review CAPM 20-1 (PDF).
- Email Lists: Sign up for the ND General and the Bismarck Squadron email lists here, so that you don’t miss out on important information.
- eServices Registration: Get signed up with CAP eServices.
- Sign-on to the National HQ e-Services web site, request a password and ID (click on New first-time user link)
- Update your personal and contact information in “Review/Edit My Member Info” section.
- If you are a pilot, enter in all of your Pilot qualifications for validation.
- Get your uniform. Select and order your uniform through Vanguard. Read more about uniform regulations in the CAP Manual 39-1. Your basic duty uniform will consist of:
- Blue Golf Shirt/Polo Shirt (embroidered or screenprinted logo is fine).
- Medium Gray Trousers (not denim)
- Black shoes/black socks
- Black Belt
Level I Training
- Complete level I foundations. These courses can be found at CAP University, in the Level I section. These courses consist of:
- Cadet Protection Training (CPPT)
- e-Services/Operational Security (OpSec)
- Equal Opportunity
- Introduction to Safety
Meet With Your Sponsor
- Bring your level 1 foundation tests and CPPT test to the meeting to show your sponsor.
- Bring a copy of CAP Form 11. You will both need to fill out and sign CAP Form 11 to finalize completion of foundation and CPPT training, and mail it to the address on the form.
- Discuss meeting and training schedules and requirements for active members.
Choose Your Job
- Select a duty position. Review the Great Start Guide (from the “Getting Started” section) or CAPM 20-1 to select something you’d be interested in. Let the squadron commander know.
- Complete technician level of training. Discuss this with your sponsor.
Emergency Services Training
- Study and test. There are a few CAP tests you’ll need to take.
- FEMA Tests. There are several FEMA tests you will need to complete. These links will take you to their home page. Use the “Interactive Web-Based Course” link in the upper right corner of each course to begin after reviewing the home page material.
- Take the FEMA ICS 100 Introduction to the Incident Command System course and exam. Enter your completion of this online course into Ops Qual in e-Services under Emergency Services as an Achievement using the SQTR Entry tab.
- Take the FEMA ICS 200b course and exam.
- Take the FEMA IS 700 Introduction to the National Incident Management System course and exam.
- Take the FEMA IS 800b course and exam.
- Skills Evaluator Training. Take the skills evaluator training test by going to this page and scrolling down to Operations Exams.
Basic Flight Training (for Pilots only)
- Study CAPR 60-1. Complete online test.
- Review aircraft handling video.
- CAP G1000 Transition Course, which requires 10 hours of training.
- Flight Release Officer (FRO) online test.
- Complete CAPF 5 written aircraft test for appropriate aircraft.
- Complete CAPF 5 CAP pilot checkride.
- CAP National Site for Members: Find links to online tests, eServices, etc.
- CAP Knowledge Base: Searchable site for finding answers to any and all of your questions.
- New member sponsorship guide (PDF) Checklist that plots out goals on a timeline for new members.
- New member sponsor guide (DOC): Checklist that plots out goals on a timeline for new members.
- New CAP member introduction (PDF – provided by Seattle Composite Squadron, PCR-WA-018)
Requirements to Participate in Emergency Operations/Training:
- Uniform (Vanguard)
- Safety briefing currency (both monthly and Intro to Safety)
- Emergency Service Test (CAP Reg 63-1)
- FEMA Training ICS 100, 200, IS 700, IS 800