Description of a five‐level qualification system, with supporting training program, developed by the City of Barrie and South‐Simcoe ARES Group to prepare and mentor ARES group members for progressively challenging employment within the ICS/IMS environment, and to prepare them for leadership roles.

Ian Snow, VA3QT, is a retired Canadian military operations planner and professional development curriculum developer, with experience planning air operations in support of the Manitoba Red River “Flood of the Century” in 1997. Ian has Served as an ARES AEC, EC, and DEC. Ian was a Member of the Radio Amateurs of Canada “National Training Review Group” that produced the RAC ARES Operations Training Manual. Ian is certified by Emergency Management Ontario to deliver the government’s Basic Emergency Management course.