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Executive Summary


A. Introduction

B. Description of System

C. Certification & Re-certification

D. Currency Req'ts.

E. Required Training / Prerequisite Exp.

F. Additional Training

G. Fitness Standards

H. Incident Complexity

I. Review and Update

J. Position Categories

K. Type 1 & Type 2 IMT's

L. ICS, Skill and Expanded Dispatch Position Qualifications

Appendix A: Position Task Book Admin.

Appendix B: Qual. Flow Charts

Appendix C: Training Courses

Appendix D: Glossary

An Adobe PDF version of this document (117 pages, 213 kb) can be downloaded from the NWCG Publications Management System (PMS) website.


Wildland and Prescribed Fire Qualification System Guide

PMS 310-1 (NFES 1414)
January 2000


Additional Training Which Supports Development of Knowledge and Skills - Additional training which supports development of knowledge and skills are training courses or job aids which can help to support a position performance assignment. The knowledge and skills necessary for successful completion of tasks in the position task book are provided in the identified courses, but may also be acquired in a variety of ways, including on-the-job training, work experience, identified formal training as determined by one’s agency.

Agency Equivalence - Agency specific training curriculum or position skills, as determined by an individual agency, which meet or exceed the learning and performance objectives set forth in NWCG curricula or job aids.

Certification - The process whereby an appropriate agency official confirms through the issuance of an incident qualification card that an individual is qualified to perform in a specified position.

Certifying Official - The agency official at the home unit that is responsible for authorizing and granting certification by signing the “Agency Certification” on the inside front cover of the PTB. Only the home unit has the authority to certify an individual’s qualifications.

Currency Requirement - The requirement to perform satisfactorily in a specified position within the last five (5) years (three (3) years for aviation and expanded dispatch positions) to maintain qualification for the position.

Evaluator - A person who is certified in the position the trainee is being evaluated in and who is assigned to evaluate a trainee’s performance against tasks listed in a PTB. The position qualified evaluator makes a determination as to whether the individual successfully performs a task; signs off on the task in the PTB, if the task is performed correctly; or determines what remedial actions are necessary if the task is not performed correctly. When all tasks in the PTB are successfully completed, (including successful position performance if required), the position qualified evaluator may recommend that the trainee receive certification from their designated agency official.

EXCEPTION: An agency may designate subject matter experts not qualified in the target position to do task evaluations for specific tasks coded “O”. An example would be an agency administrative officer could sign off on a Compensation/Claims Unit Leader completing compensation and claims documents.

Final Evaluator - The evaluator and the final evaluator share the same responsibilities. The term, “final evaluator”, is used to describe the evaluator on the final position performance assignment. This evaluator checks to ensure that all tasks have been completed and signed off properly and makes recommendation for certification by completing the “Final Evaluator’s Verification” on the inside front cover of the PTB.

Fire Use - The use of naturally ignited wildland fire or the application of prescribed fire to meet resource objectives.

Geographic Area - An operational boundary designated by the wildland fire agencies, where these agencies work together in the coordination and effective utilization of resources within their boundaries. The National Interagency Mobilization Guide in Chapter 20, section 21.1, identifies the area encompassed by the eleven Geographic Areas.

Home Unit - The home unit is the designated agency that employs the individual. This could be a district, county, state, park, reservation or similar entity, and/or the administrator who manages the qualification system.

ICS Positions - Any position found on the ICS organizational chart in the Operational System Description (OSD), PMS 120-1.

Initiated Position Task Book(PTB) - “Initiating” a PTB is accomplished by the appropriate agency official of the home unit, whereby that individual signs on the front cover that the trainee is ready for on-the-job training, task evaluation, and/or position performance evaluation. All required training courses must be completed prior to initiation. A PTB may be initiated by a training specialist on an incident with concurrence by the home unit.

National Mobilization - The mobilization of resources beyond those boundaries established in Chapter 20, section 21.1, of the National Interagency Mobilization Guide, through established ordering channels, exclusive of any agreements established by local cooperating agencies.

On-The-Job-Training - A training assignment by an individual who has completed required training, has met prerequisite experience for a position, and may not yet be ready for a position performance assignment as outlined in Appendix A, Position Task Book Evaluation.

Other Position Assignments That Will Maintain Currency -Positions at a higher or specified lower level that will meet the currency requirements for a given position (see Section L).

Position Performance Assignment - An assignment in which an individual is being evaluated for tasks found in the position task books as described in Appendix A. Exceptions to the Single Resource Boss and Strike Team Leader positions are identified in Appendix A.

Prerequisite Experience - Documented, satisfactory performance in a specified position needed to qualify for another (usually higher level) position.

Private Contractors - Includes individuals, companies, educational institutions and corporations who provide training, suppression or prescribed fire services for financial reimbursement.

Qualification - Meeting the established standards for a position in order to achieve certification.

Re-certification - Confirmation, through the re-issuance of an incident qualification card, that an individual has regained qualification for a specified position that was lost through a lack of current experience. A key component in the certification or re-certification process is the subjective evaluation by the appropriate agency official of an individual’s capability to perform in a position.

Required Training - A course or courses that must be completed prior to initiating a position task book. Training which has been identified as required cannot be challenged. An agency equivalent course may be used as a substitute when the course meets or exceeds a required course’s learning and performance objectives.

Task Evaluation - Rating the performance of a trainee against the tasks listed in the PTB. During the assignment a trainee is required to perform the tasks under the supervision and observation of a position qualified evaluator, who signs the task off and completes the “incident experience record.”

Technical Specialist - Personnel with special skills. These specialists may be used anywhere within the organization. Most technical specialists are certified in their field or profession.

Trainee - An individual, approved by their agency, who is preparing to qualify for a position. Trainee status requires that all required training courses and prerequisite experience has been completed prior to initiation of a position task book by the appropriate agency official of the home unit. The trainee is then eligible for on-the-job training, task evaluation and/or position performance evaluation.

Trainer/Coach - The trainer/coach is a position qualified individual who provides instruction to a trainee. This may be in the classroom, on-the-job or on an incident. While many of the requirements of the trainer/coach are similar to the evaluator, it is important that the roles of training and evaluation remain separate as described in this guide.

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