Performance Based System. The primary method of attaining wildland fire position qualification is based on an individual's successful performance as a trainee for a particular position. In order to qualify as a trainee an individual must meet required training, and required prerequisite position, as defined by the Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide, PMS 310-1.
Hierarchical Advancement. The wildland fire positions are arranged hierarchically. Qualifications for most positions build from the entry level which does not require any prerequisite position qualification up the hierarchy with the lower position being required to advance to the next higher level. For example an individual must be qualified as a Firefighter Type 2, entry level, before advancing to the next level, FireFighter Type 1. The Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide, PMS 310-1 provides flow charts showing the specific requirements for the most common wildland fire positions.
Required Training. Required training provides a direct link between training and position performance. Required training cannot be challenged and must be completed prior to becoming a fully qualified position.
Other Training Which Supports Development of Knowledge and Skills. This category of training provides the trainee with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful when performing as a trainee. This category recognizes the skills contained in these course may be obtained from other sources e.g., on-the-job training, work experience. For people new to the wildland fire qualifications these courses will provide the primary means for obtaining the needed skills and knowledge necessary for successful performance as a trainee.