How to get 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 depending on your status:

1.  Current membership card
2.  Minimum grade:
  • Cadets: Airman (Curry award)
  • Seniors: SM with Level I 

3.  Successful completion of the two tests below using the Online Test System:

4.  Successful completion of the FEMA IS-100 examination

Printing Your 101 Card

If you do not have a photo in the system, you will need to upload one prior to printing your 101 Card. This is easily completed using the following steps:

  1. Login to eServices.
  2. Select CAP Photo Upload from the left-hand menu.
  3. Upload a digital photo that follows the ID Card Guidelines.
  4. Contact your squadron emergency services officer to approve it (the system doesn't always send out notifications).

After you have completed the abovementioned 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 eService via this link - Click Here.
  2. Fill out your personal info and then click to obtain the card.
  3. Print it (black and white is fine), cut it out, and carry it with your CAP ID card.

Ongoing Training

Once you have your 101 Card, you can begin your hands-on training and other training materials are available depending on your status.

Detailed Instructions for Testing

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.

CAPT 116: General Emergency Services

CAPT 116 Part 1 covers general emergency services operational mission procedures. It is based largely on the following resources:

Go to eServices and take this class.

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 incident commanders, agency liaisons, planning section chiefs, logistics section chiefs, finance/administration section chiefs, air operations branch directors, ground branch directors, information officers, communications unit leaders, mission radio operators, mission safety officers, liaison officers, mission chaplains, and mission staff assistants.

Go to eServices and take these classes.

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 IS-100 exam may be found in CAP Regulation 60-3, Chapter 8; however, the FEMA website contains an excellent self-paced study course and associated online exam. Click here to take the exam.

After you have completed this training be sure to save your certificate of completion. Your certificate will need to be uploaded into eServices and either the Squadron Commander or Professional Development Officer will need it to verify completion in eServices. Also, enter the information into eServices as follows:

  1. Login to eServices.
  2. Select My Operations Qualifications from the left-hand menu.
  3. Under Emergency Services left-side of the screen, select Entry/View Worksheet under SQTRs.
  4. Under *Functional Area, select OPS – Emergency Services and under *Achievement, select IS-100.
  5. Select View/Upload Documents at the top of the screen below your name.
  6. Select IS-100 to be uploaded, browse for your certificate wherever you have it saved, and then Upload ES Files.
  7. Finally, press the select, Submit.