The Training Delivery Committee (TDC) provides national level oversight for the delivery of NWCG courses and supports the missions and responsibilities of the Incident and Position Standards Committee (IPSC), the Wildland Fire Learning Portal Governance Board, the NWCG Training Development Program (TDP), and other NWCG committees/groups with course management responsibilities.
- Establishes, maintains, implements, and oversees business processes for the delivery of NWCG courses.
- Assists the TDP with establishment, maintenance, and implementation of a NWCG training development/revision plan.
- Coordinates with other NWCG committees and the TDP to establish course development and revision priorities.
- Ensures that delivery issues and/or recommendations are provided to the TDP and addressed during the course revision process.
Virtual Training Delivery Frequently Asked Questions
COVID 19 Mitigations
Depending on health and safety guidelines in your respective Geographic Area, state, and/or county, some courses may be cancelled due to COVID-19.
Depending on your respective Geographic Area and in line with CDC, state, and local government guidelines, some classes may take place in person with COVID-19 mitigations in place. NWCG, Geographic Area Training Specialists, and instructors have been working on enhancing courses for virtual instructor-led delivery to meet the needs of students.
Depending on your respective Geographic Area and in line with CDC, state, and local government guidelines, COVID-19 mitigations may be required for in-person delivery. Mitigations may include social distancing, utilization of masks, and smaller class sizes. Consult your local Training Officer, Course Coordinator, or training facility for information specific to the location of your training.
Virtual Delivery of Training
Classes required for qualifications and positions have been identified as critical. NWCG staff and committees and the Geographic Area Training Specialists have been working to enhance courses for virtual instructor-led delivery.
See Courses in NWCG Certified Course Library on the Wildland Fire Learning Portal for courses intended for virtual instructor-led training.
Courses are prioritized for virtual delivery based on the following criteria:
- Training required for qualification in an NWCG position.
- Training required for an IFPM/FS-FPM Position Description (PD) (e.g., M-581, S-491).
- Training required for an IFPM/FS-FPM qualification for PD (e.g., S-300 and S-390 for ICT3).
Training required only by a specific agency must be coordinated with the appropriate National Training Officer for alternative options.
There are a multitude of ways to deliver courses virtually. In some instances, courses have been identified as more suitable for self-directed learning (asynchronous) than virtual instructor-led training (synchronous), which may incorporate webinars, virtual instructor-led live presentations, etc.
Asynchronous: Training where the students and/or instructors are not interacting with each other in real time. Typically, the students are accessing learning resources at a time of their choosing.
Synchronous: Training where the students and instructors interact with each other at the same time.
See Virtual Delivery of NWCG Training Courses for more information.
No, curriculum and content will be consistent with existing NWCG course standards.
NWCG, Geographic Area Training Specialists, and subject matter experts are working together to transfer and enhance existing NWCG course content for virtual delivery within the Wildland Fire Learning Portal (WFLP). While NWCG curriculum cannot be modified, it can be enhanced by geographic and local training programs to meet the needs of students.
Virtual and in-person class sizes must still meet the NWCG standard for student-to-instructor ratio along with other pre-existing guidelines; however, COVID-19 mitigations may require smaller class sizes.
The length of the nomination period is at the discretion of the Geographic Area Training Programs. Coordinate with your local Training Officers or Geographic Area Training Representative.
Course attendance is at the discretion of your local Training Officer and Geographic Area Training Representative.
The nomination process for virtual courses is the same as in-person courses. For information specific to the nomination process in your Geographic Area, contact your local Training Officer or Geographic Area Training Representative.
Wildland Fire learning Portal (WFLP)
The WFLP is an enterprise learning management system (LMS) that enables the wildland fire community to better meet their education and training needs. The WFLP uses a single software platform to manage, deliver, and evaluate training or learning activities.
National Wildland Fire Training Centers, Geographic Area Training Centers, state interagency partners, and local units are all actively using the WFLP for the management and delivery of education and training. COVID-19 mitigations led to a significant increase in those using the WFLP to develop, manage or deliver training.
Create a profile for the WFLP by going to the top right corner of the homepage, selecting sign-in, and following the instructions to set up a new profile.
Click on top menu item Find Learning and then click on Courses. This will bring up a search box where you can enter a phrase to describe what you are looking for.
Workshops have been created to support instructors and staff delivering training using the WFLP. For more information and self-enrollment in the workshops, visit the Editing Trainer and Course Creator page.