Getting Your 101 Card

What is a 101 Card?

A CAP Form 101, commonly referred to as a 101 Card is your ticket into emergency services. This card shows mission staff at a glance what you are qualified to do when you sign in for a mission and is required before you can begin any hands on training in emergency services.


In order to get a 101 Card, you will need the following:

  • Current membership card
  • Minimum grade:
    • Cadets: Airman (curry award)
    • Seniors: SM with Level I (see our new member page for details)
  • Successful completion of the tests below using the Online Test System:
    • CAPT 116 Part 1
    • CAPT 117 Parts 1-3
  • Successful completion of the FEMA IS-100 examination

Detailed Instructions

All tests are untimed, open book tests. It is suggested that you download the associated resources and keep them open during the test for reference.

CAP Tests

CAPT 116 Part 1 covers general emergency services operational mission procedures.

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CAPT 117: ES Continuing Education

CAPT 117 Parts 1-3 are requirements for various qualifications as detailed below. It is recommended that you take all three parts. Each part is based on the text provided in the test itself.

Part 1 is required for all ground crew including ground team members, ground team leaders, urban direction finding team members, and critical incident stress team qualified.

Part 2 is required for all aircrew including mission pilots, transport mission pilots, mission scanners, mission observers, flight line marshallers, and flight line supervisors.

Part 3 is required for all mission base staff including mission radio operators, mission staff assistants, branch directors, section chiefs, and incident commanders.

IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System

The FEMA IS-100 online course and exam is an introduction to the Incident Command System under which CAP and other local, state, and federal emergency service agencies operate. Much of information covered in the FEMA IS-100 exam may be found in CAP Regulation 60-3, Chapter 8; however, the FEMA web site contains an excellent self paced study course and online exam.

Once you have completed this training, save the completion certificate and send it to the squadron emergency services officer who will need it to verify completion in eServices. Also enter the information into eServices as follows:

  1. Login to eServices.
  2. Select Operations from the left hand menu and then choose the Operations Qualifications application.
  3. Select Qualification Entry from the Communications section on the left.
  4. Enter your CAPID or name to bring up your record.
  5. Select OPS-Emergency_Services from in the functional area drop down and IS100 – IS-100 from the Acheivement drop down.
  6. Fill in the completion date and certificate number, check the box at the top of the data entry form and submit using the button at the bottom of the page.

Printing Your 101 Card

After you have completed the tests, you are eligible to begin training for further qualifications. Before you can participate in any training exercises, however, you will need to print a CAPF 101 (otherwise known as the 101 Card) by following the directions below:

  1. Login to eServices.
  2. Select Operations from the left hand menu and then choose the Operations Qualifications application.
  3. Select 101 Card from the Emergency Services section on the left.
  4. Fill out your personal info and then click to obtain the card.
  5. If you don’t have a photo in the system, there should be a link to upload one on that page.
  6. Print it (black and white is fine), cut it out, and carry it with your CAP ID card.


Once you have your 101 Card, you can begin your hands on training. Details are available in eServices by selecting Operations from the left hand menu and then choosing the Where do I start? application.

Links to training materials >