The ARRL has switched to a new format for improving ARES and giving members a way to track their progress. The ARES Standardized Training Plan Task Book will serve as a record of the training and skills achieved by each ARES member.
ARES members will need to keep the Task Book updated and signed off by their ARES EC as they complete various tasks.
Then, If asked to deploy for an ARES event you will need to present the Task Book as a record of your abilities.

This is from page 2 of the ARES Standardized Training Plan Task Book.

“The Task Book is a working document that enables those ARES® communicators electing to participate in the ARRL training plan to track and document their training plan elements as they are completed towards the various levels of increasing proficiency. The Task Book should contain all training plan items, completion dates, and sign-offs as the ARES® communicator transitions through the three skill levels. The ARES® communicator is responsible for maintaining his/her Task Book and having it with him/her during training and assignments. The Task Book also contains sections with definitions of the communicator levels, as well as common responsibilities.”

“Since the Task Book is personal to each ARES Communicator, each user should feel free to adapt it to their needs and requirements of their geographical region.”

The Documents below can all be found on the ARRL Website:
For more information about ARES in Rutherford Co. contact the ARES EC Kevin Malloy (KG4CXH) at

1: PDF version of the Task Book.

2:  Microsoft Word Version of the Task Book

3: ARES Manual [PDF]

4: ARES Field Resources Manual [PDF]

5: ARES Membership Registration Form