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Training & Qualifications Reference Documents

Field Manager's Course Guide
The Field Manager's Course Guide (FMCG) is designed to provide administrative information concerning the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) training curriculum. This document supersedes any course instructor guides. It is to be used in conjunction with the Wildland Fire Qualifications Guide, PMS 310-1. Only NWCG certified training courses and materials are included in this Guide. Information concerning Technical Specialist and agency-derived training packages are not included. NWCG courses referenced in this Guide are available for order through the Publications Management System. For this Catalog, refer to Publications at

Updates to the FMCG will be incorporated as NWCG training course materials are revised, and the courses will reflect the information in this Guide as well. An "Errata Sheet" will be included with each modification to inform field users of the specific changes and the effective date. These pages will be maintained in Appendix A.

Course Coordinator's Guide
The purpose of the Course Coordinator's Guide is to provide administrative information to training specialists, course coordinators, lead instructors and other managers presenting a training course. The content covers both National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) certified courses and other courses requiring development.

The content provides general instructions for course planning, management, presentations, and follow-up. Some courses are prepackaged to a national standard, while others must be developed by a cadre for an identified agency need. If an NWCG course requires specific considerations for presentation, the considerations will be listed within that course's instructor guide.

Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide, PMS 310-1
The Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide (PMS 310-1), developed under the sponsorship of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG), is designed to:

  • Establish minimum requirements for training, experience, physical fitness level, and currency standards for wildland fire positions which all participating agencies have agreed to meet for national mobilization. Standards may be augmented to meet specific needs within an agency, but the augmentation cannot be imposed by an agency on its cooperators that meet the minimums outlined in this guide.
  • Allow cooperating agencies to jointly agree upon training, experience, physical fitness level, and currency standards to meet fire management needs for wildland fire (wildland fire includes wildfire, and prescribed fire).
  • Establish minimum qualifications for personnel involved in prescribed fires on which resources of more than one agency are utilized unless local agreements specify otherwise.

Any organization or agency providing resources to fill national interagency requests for all types of wildland fire incidents will meet the minimum NWCG requirements described in this guide.

The NWCG recognizes the ability of cooperating agencies at the local level to jointly define and accept each other's qualifications for initial attack, extended attack, large fire operations, and prescribed fire.