Anyone who lives or works in Portland can take NET training. Over 2,800 volunteers have completed basic training. Join them today.
Complete the registration form
When you complete this step, you will be added to the NET database as an "Applicant" to the program. You will also receive NET orientation information via email, which includes a link to this NET Applicant checklist. This is also an excellent time to review the Volunteer orientation guide:NET Orientation Guide (363.34 KB)
Complete the preparedness video training and pass the quiz
The Online Preparedness Training is a series of 17 videos on basic preparedness (all together, they add up to about two hours of viewing time).
Once you have finished watching the videos, take a brief quiz (click on "Registration"). Passing the quiz is a prerequisite for the Basic NET training class; once you pass it, you are cleared to take a Basic NET class.
Sign up for basic NET training
After passing the quiz, the NET Coordinator will add you to the list of Applicants eligible for Basic NET Training. You will receive emails about available Basic training opportunities.
Basic NET training is about 28 hours and is most often completed over the course of three long Saturday sessions.
Complete a background check and join your team
A background check is not required to take the training but is required in order to join your neighborhood team. NET volunteers come into contact with vulnerable populations, have access to some City property and facilities, and receive sensitive information. Therefore, we require volunteers to complete periodic background checks. This is done at our expense.
he NET Coordinator will connect you with your neighborhood team leader. Your team leader will have information for you about NET meetings and will keep you informed of advanced NET training opportunities. You do not need to be a fully credentialed NET to participate in your team; please email the NET Coordinator for details.