Incident Commander Type 3

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Safety Officer Type 2 (SOF2)Qualified As:DIVSRequired Training:ICS-400RT-130S-420 orL-481Fitness: M Incident Commander Type 2 (ICT2)Qualified As:ICT3 + OSC2 orICT3 + PSC2 orICT3 + LSC2 orICT3 + SOF2 orICT3 + FSC2Required Training:RT-130S-420 or L-481Fitness: N Public Information Officer Type 2 (PIO2)Qualified As:PIOF or*OSC2 or*LSC2 or*SOF2 or*PSC2 Required Training:RT-130S-420 or L-481Fitness: N Safety Officer Type 1 (SOF1)Qualified As:SOF2Required Training:RT-130S-520 or CIMCFitness: M Public Information Officer Type 1 (PIO1)Qualified As:PIO2 or*OSC1 or*LSC1 or*SOF1 or*PSC1Required Training:RT-130S-520 or CIMCFitness: N Safety Officer, Line (SOFR)Qualified As:Any STLorICT4Required Training:ICS-300ICS-400RT-130Fitness: M Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3)Qualified As:ICT4 + TFLDorAny STL + any 2 SRB (one must be ENGB or CRWB) + ICT4Required Training:ICS-400RT-130S-300S-390Fitness: A Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5)Qualified As:FFT2Required Training:ICS-200RT-130S-131Fitness: A Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4)Qualified As:Any SingleResource BossRequired Training:RT-130S-200Fitness: A Public Information Officer (PIOF)Qualified As:NoneRequired Training:ICS-300ICS-400IS-800L-180RT-130S-130S-190S-203 or E/L952Fitness: N Agency Representative (AREP)Qualified As:Agency EstablishedRequired Training:ICS-100ICS-200IS-700IS-800Fitness: NNot a C&G position Incident CommanderType 1 (ICT1)Qualified As:ICT2Required Training:RT-130S-520 or CIMCFitness: N Liaison Officer (LOFR)Qualified As:NoneRequired Training:ICS-100ICS-200ICS-300IS-700IS-800Fitness: N Public Information Officer, Technician (PIOT)Qualified As:NoneRequired Training:S-110ICS-100ICS-200IS-700RT-130Fitness: N

For information on how to interpret this chart, please review Position and Qualifications Chart Guidance.

ICT3 Qualification Requirements

Required Training

Required Experience

  • Satisfactory performance as an Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4)
  • AND Satisfactory performance as a Task Force Leader (TFLD)
  • AND Completion and Certification of NWCG Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) Position Task Book, PMS 311-02


  • Satisfactory performance as an Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4)
  • AND Satisfactory performance as Strike Team Leader including (STCR, STEQ, STEN)
  • AND Satisfactory performance in any two Single Resource Boss positions (one must be CRWB or ENGB)
  • AND Completion and Certification of NWCG Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) Position Task Book, PMS 311-02

Physical Fitness Level: Arduous

Duties involve fieldwork requiring physical performance calling for above-average endurance and superior conditioning. These duties may include an occasional demand for extraordinarily strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. Requirements include running, walking, climbing, jumping, twisting, bending, and lifting more than 50 pounds; the pace of work typically is set by the emergency situation.

These Positions Maintain Currency For ICT3

  • Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS)
  • Incident Commander Type 2 (ICT2)
  • Operations Branch Director (OPBD)
  • Operations Section Chief Type 1 (OSC1)
  • Operations Section Chief Type 2 (OSC2)
  • Operations Section Chief Type 3, Wildland Fire (OPS3)
  • Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 1 (RXB1)
  • Strike Team Leader including (STCR, STEN, STEQ)
  • Task Force Leader (TFLD)

ICT3 Maintains Currency For These Positions

Other Training Which Supports Development Of Knowledge And Skills

Note: Once qualified as a ICT3, the OPS3, PSC3, LSC3 and FSC3 qualifications may be granted by the certifying official. Certification must be documented on a ‚Äúverification/certification‚ÄĚ page of the applicable PTB.




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