The Wildland Fire Qualification System is performance-based, where qualification is based on both the completion of required training and demonstrated successful position performance through the completion of the applicable Position Task Book (PTB). The tasks in the PTB may be completed on wildland fires, events, incidents, job activities, and in simulated exercises or classroom activities.
The primary criterion for qualification is individual performance as observed by an evaluator certified in that position, and documented in an approved NWCG PTB. The tasks in each PTB have been established by subject matter experts from all NWCG agencies and geographical areas of the United States.
Position task books are in a format which allows for documentation of a trainee's ability to perform each task. Tasks pertaining to tactical decision making and safety require the trainee to perform the task on an actual wildland fire. Other tasks may be evaluated through other means, such as a simulation exercise, or other incident/event.
Successful completion of all tasks in the PTB, as determined by the evaluator(s), will be the basis for recommending certification. Documentation of completed PTBs, and certification in the position, are the responsibility of the employing agency.
Individual Position Task Books may be found here.