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Statewide Training Opportunities

If you would like to see your training listed on ECN's website, please send an email which includes course title, who is doing the training, location, date(s), class size limitations and contact information to


Upcoming Training Opportunities:

Northeast Region ARMER Radio User's Conference

September 9 and 10 in Hibbing

Further details on the informational flyer.

Hubband County and Carver County Training Courses

Crimes in Progress

This course will be offered on September 30 in Hubbard County and on October 24 in Chaska. Topics covered include how to anticipate the needs of field units, maintain correct information about calls, calming techniques, handling multiple call situations, child callers, armed robberies, shootings, homicides, missing children, kidnappings, pursuits, officer down, and responder safety.

Hostage Negotiation

This course will be offered on September 29 in Hubbard County and on October 25 in Chaska. The FBI reports that dispatchers are often the first person who talks to a hostage taker. It is critical to be trained. This class will provide the skills needed to negotiate with people in crisis. Topics include active listening, negotation fundamentals, general techniques, and the psychology of negotiation.
Use this form to register for Hubbard County courses.

Use this form to register for Chaska courses. 

Rural Dispatch Assessment Course

A Rural Dispatch Assessment course will be held on Tuesday, September 27 (8-4:30) and Wednesday, September 28 (8-12 pm) at Alexandria Technical and Community College, 1601 Jefferson Street, Alexandria 56308.    (The description lists this as a one-day course, but the instructor says it will be 1.5 days.)

This course, limited to 30 students, is designed to provide support to rural public safety communications centers, as the operational challenges faced may differ greatly than larger urban or metropolitan centers. 

Please see attached course description for more information.

You will be on your own for meals and lodging; however, there is no charge for the course.

If you are interested in being considered for this course, please contact Standards and Training Coordinator Cathy Anderson at will be first come, first served. 

COML/AUXCOMM Train-the-Trainer Course


The US Department of Homeland Security, Office of Emergency Communications (OEC,) is considering hosting a regional COML/AUXCOMM Train-the-Trainer Course.

This is a phenomenal opportunity that may become available to two people from Minnesota who are interested in becoming a Train-the-Trainer for both COML and AUXCOMM.   

Four states in our region need to commit for this course to occur.  If this happens, Minnesota will be allowed to send two people, and the training will include “invitational travel” -- OEC will pay transportation and lodging.   

Currently, there are no particulars about where or when the course will be held, but the goal is to train in-state instructors to support our own training needs (each course takes two instructors) instead of having OEC provide these courses.  Information will be relayed to those who qualify as it becomes available.

You MUST meet ALL of the following prerequisites to be considered:


·        Completed COML Position Task Book (PTB) (attach a copy with the appropriate signatures3 of the PTB verification page to the FEMA Form 119-25-1, General Admissions Application)

·        IS-100.b, Introduction to the ICS

·        IS-200.b, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

·        ICS-300, Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents

·        ICS-400, Advanced ICS for Command and General Staff, Complex Incidents and MACS for Operational First Responders

·        IS-700.a, National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction

·        IS-701.a, Multi-Agency Coordination System (MACS) Course

·        IS-800.b, National Response Framework (NRF)


·        Completion of IS-100.b, IS-200.b, IS-700.a, and IS-800.b prior to the workshop1

·        An active FCC amateur radio license

·        Past experience in auxiliary emergency communications


Students also must provide documentation of successful completion of formal adult education and/or training to include at least one of the following:

·        Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Master Trainer Program

·        National Fire Academy (NFA) Educational Methodology course

·        National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Facilitative Instructor (M-410) course

·        Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) Instructor Training Certification Course


Equivalents (for example, Total Army Instructor Training Course (TAITC); Small Group Instructor Training Course (SGITC); G265 Basic Instructional Skills course: etc.):

·        State certified Level II or higher Fire, Rescue, and/or EMS Instructor (NFPA 1041 – Level II)

·        State-certified teaching certificate

·        Advanced degree in education, educational psychology, technical education, or a related program


To reiterate, you will be signing up for both COML and AUXCOMM Train-the-Trainer.  Please note that AUXCOMM also requires a current FCC Amateur Radio License.

If you are interested in being considered for this course, please contact Standards and Training Coordinator Cathy Anderson at 


POST Board Approves Online Training 

The ​Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (POST) has approved the following courses for credit (one POST credit each).

  1. Radio 101
  2. History of ARMER
  3. Interoperability 101
  4. Wireless Broadband – FirstNet
  5. Technology of the ARMER System

ECN's web-based training website, developed in partnership with Alexandria Technical and Community College, can be accessed on their website.  


Log on information is shown, based on your radio region.  Please note that user names and passwords are case sensitive.
USER NAME                      PASSWORD
Central                                region123
Metro                                   region123
Northeast                           region123
Northwest                          region123
SouthCentral                     region123
Southeast                           region123
Southwest                          region123
Once you access the web-based training, click on the ARMER training link under Courses, then the Materials dropdown on the left-hand side of the screen, and select the Content link.
If you need additional information or would like an individual log on for your department or each member of your staff, please contact ECN Standards Coordinator Cathy Anderson at


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