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The Official How-To Guide for CAP Units was published 4-Jan-2016.
As a PAO, you are encouraged to pursue the training required for (at least) your Technician rating.

The courses and materials involved in obtaining this rating will be immensely useful to you in your role in Public Affairs. If you have not already enrolled to achieve your Technician rating, please consider doing so right away as this is a Subordinate Unit Inspection item that you are evaluated on. 

For your reference, the Specialty Track guide for Public Affairs can be found here: http://www.capmembers.com/media/cms/P201_E863B3730B059.pdf

In order to assist you with tracking your progress, WAWG has developed the PA Technician Specialty Tracker.

This tracker essentially breaks down the suggested reading materials and required tasks for CAPP 201, provides you a place to track your progress, and creates a database of your qualifications (which would be helpful during mission assignments, etc.). 


You do not have to fill in every item all at once in order to save your results, however you MUST click "Next" on every page and SUBMIT your results in order to register and save your progress each time you visit the tracker.

If you would like to see one for the Senior or Master ratings, please email the WAWG PAO.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Independent Study courses can be found here: https://training.fema.gov/is/ 

  • Required courses

1. IS-42, Social Media in Emergency Management
2. IS-242, Effective Communication

  • Optional but strongly encouraged

1. IS-29, Public Information Officer Awareness (or resident G-289 Public Information Awareness)
2. IS-100, Introduction to Incident Command System
3. IS-200, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
4. IS-700, National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
5. IS-800, National Response Framework, An Introduction

You can find other Federal Emergency Management's Emergency Management Institute course opportunities here: https://training.fema.gov/emi.aspx  

Search results for "public information" on the EMI site: http://search.usa.gov/search?affiliate=netc&query=public+information&op=Search

The search results listed above include FEMA's G290, Basic Public Information Officer course, which is strongly encouraged, no matter your rating. 


You can also find very useful Social Media course opportunities from the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center here: https://ndptc.hawaii.edu/training/catalog

1. Social Media Engagement Strategies
2. PER-304, Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery (in class or via the web)
3. 
Social Media Tools and Techniques

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