About Comm Academy

Comm Academy 2021 is a free, virtual training conference for anyone interested in learning more about emergency communications technologies and practices. Taking place April 10th and 11th, 2021, Comm Academy will be organized around the theme “Disasters Here, There and Everywhere – Are We Ready?”

As it has in all of its 22+ previous iterations, the conference will feature expert speakers on a wide variety of topics, from radio and messaging technologies to communications techniques to tales from the “trenches.”

More than just a collection of online presentations, Comm Academy 2021 will be an interactive event, with participants able to converse with presenters and other attendees.


Q: What is Comm Academy?

A: Comm Academy is a free, online, live training conference for anyone with an interest in developing emergency communications skills.

Q: What kind of training is given?

A: Technical how-to sessions on radio and radio-adjacent technologies (power, antennas, feedlines, etc), operating practices, emergency message handling techniques, incident command, and more.

Q: Do you offer certificates for continuing education, or proof of credit for training courses?

A: No. Comm Academy does not offer any certificates or training documentation regarding the content you will receive as part of the event. If you register, you will have a proof of registration/attendance from Eventbrite.

Q: How do I register or sign up to attend Comm Academy in 2021?

A: We are using the Eventbrite and Sched services to manage our attendee experience in 2021. Registration is completely free, but you must register to gain access to the full event schedule and presentation materials. Sign up at the the Register Now page on this site, or directly using this Eventbrite link.

Q: I already pre-registered, do I still need to register with Eventbrite?

A: Yes, you must sign up with Eventbrite to access the 2021 event. We used the pre-registration to understand the level of interest in our virtual event, and we used that information to let you know that registration is now available.

Q: Who are the presenters?

A: Comm Academy presenters are experts with years of experience, both as volunteers and as professionals in emergency preparedness and response. Past speakers have included members of emergency management agencies, auxiliary communications services, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), first responders, and more. Read all of this year's speaker biographies on our Sched Speaker Directory.

Q: What is the history of Comm Academy?

A: The first Communications Academy (as it was formally known) took place in 1998. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Comm Academy was primarily a regional event organized by the Western Washington Medical Services Emergency Communications team. Over the years, it gained a well-deserved reputation as one of the West Coast’s premier emergency communications training events.

Q: How can I get in touch with Comm Academy?

A: Please feel free to email us at contact@commacademy.org or reach out via any of our social media accounts.

Q: How can I get help if I'm having trouble during the conference?

A: Please ask for help in the Cascadia Radio #commacademy-help channel, email help@commacademy.org (not the contact address from above - it won't be monitored as thoroughly during the event), or reach out via any of our social media accounts.