Instructor Information

Instructor Qualification Requirements

NWCG has established general and course-specific instructor qualification requirements for Lead, Unit, and Adjunct Instructors. Course-specific instructor requirements are stated on each course page. These are the general instructor requirements.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate course planning efforts with the course coordinator.
  • Provide leadership to the instructor cadre.
  • Oversee the entire presentation of the course.
  • Provide students an organized and professional training experience.
  • Ensure the course objectives are achieved.
Qualifications RequirementsCourse Content Knowledge/Experience

All Courses

Ability to meet instructor qualifications stated in the NWCG course description.

100 – 200 Level Courses

One of the following:

  • Qualified and current (minus Work Capacity Test and Annual Fireline Safety Refresher) as required in the NWCG Course Description.
  • Written approval by course coordinator to instruct a specific unit or technical portions of one or more units.

300-600 Level Courses

One of the following:

  • Qualified and current (minus Work Capacity Test and Annual Fireline Safety Refresher) as required in the NWCG Course Description.
  • Qualified and current (minus Work Capacity Test and Annual Fireline Safety Refresher) one level above that identified in the NWCG Course Description.
  • Qualified in a Type 1 or Type 2 ICS Command and General Staff position in the same functional area as the course being presented.
  • Meets the NIMS Training Program instructor criteria for specific course (supplemented by the NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Training Program: Administrative Guidelines). (NOTE: Written approval by and NWCG member agency geographic area, regional, or state fire director can be substituted for currency requirement above.)

One of the following:

  • Accepted formal instructional training (i.e. State fire training certificate, college teacher’s credential, college education courses, NWCG M-410 Facilitative Instructor course, etc.).
  • 40 hours of successful fire service instruction.

and

40 additional hours (80 total hours) of successful fire service instruction.

All Courses

Sufficient experience in presenting all course units in order to substitute for unit instructors (Technical complexity of some courses may preclude this).

300 – 600 Level Courses

One of the following:

  • Successful completion or audit of course being taught.
  • Successfully assisted in instructing the course.
  • Successfully completed Train-the-Trainer course (if applicable) and successfully taught the course in the past 5 years as determined by the course coordinator.

Exception for Lead Instructor Qualifications:

Exceptions to the lead instructor qualifications may be granted by the host agency(s) on a case by case basis. Instructors that are not currently qualified in the position(s) called for in the instructor criteria, but, who hold a higher qualification in the same functional area, and have been certified in the position in the past may be granted lead instructor status.

Responsibilities

  • Assist the lead instructor and fellow instructor cadre members.
  • Provide students organized and professional training experience.
  • Ensure the course objectives are achieved
Qualifications RequirementsCourse Content Knowledge/Experience

All Courses

  • Ability to meet instructor qualifications stated in the NWCG course description.

100- 200 Level Courses

One of the following:

  • Qualified and current (minus Work Capacity Test and Annual Fireline Safety Refresher) as required in the NWCG Course Description.
  • Written approval by course coordinator to instruct a specific unit or technical portions of one or more units.

200 Level Courses

  • Recommended: 32 hours of instructor training (Facilitative Instructor, M-410; equivalent course; Degree in Education; current or previous Education credential).

300-600 Level Courses

One of the following:

  • Qualified and current (minus Work Capacity Test and Annual Fireline Safety Refresher) as required in the NWCG Course Description.
  • Qualified and current (minus Work Capacity Test and Annual Fireline Safety Refresher) one level above that identified in the NWCG Course Description.
  • Qualified in a Type 1 or Type 2 ICS Command and General Staff position in the same functional area as the course being presented.
  • Meets the NIMS Training Program instructor criteria for specific course (supplemented by the NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Training Program: Administrative Guidelines).

(NOTE: Written approval by and NWCG member agency geographic area, regional, or state fire director can be substituted for currency requirement above.)

and

One of the following:

  • Accepted formal instructional training (i.e. State fire training certificate, college teacher’s credential, college education courses, NWCG M-410 Facilitative Instructor course, etc.).
  • 40 hours of successful fire service instruction.

All Courses

  • Experienced in the lesson content they are presenting.

300 – 600 Level Courses

One of the following:

  • Successful completion or audit of course being taught.
  • Successfully assisted in instructing the course.
  • Successfully completed Train-the-Trainer course (if applicable) and successfully taught the course in the past 5 years as determined by the course coordinator.

Responsibilities

  • Provide limited instruction in specialized knowledge and skills at the discretion of the lead instructor.
Qualifications RequirementsCourse Content Knowledge/Experience

All Courses

  • Subject matter expert on course related materials
  • Demonstrated course related technical expertise.
  • Published subject related article or paper in previous 5 years.Ability to meet instructor qualifications stated in the NWCG course description.

All Courses

Known or demonstrated expertise on one or more subjects associated with the course.

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Definitions

  • Qualified instructor
  • Certified instructor (distinction between these two?)
  • Agency certifying official
  • Official
  • Reviewing official
  • Active instructor list
  • Training center coordinator

Instructor Certification

  • Personnel who meet minimum instructor qualification requirements must be certified by their home agency to be NWCG instructors. Certification is provided by a designated agency certifying official. Who is this?
  • Certification results in the NWCG instructor being placed on the “IQCS Active Instructor List” (?). Where is this located?  Who owns and maintains it? Why not “NWCG Active Instructor List?”

Instructor Evaluation

  • Observing, documenting, and evaluating instructor performance is the responsibility of who?
  • Instructors are evaluated according to what standard?
  • NWCG instructor certification is maintained by, 1) continuing to meet minimum instructor qualification requirement and 2) getting satisfactory or better instructor evaluations. (do we have a standard and a tracking system for this?)

Instructor Decertification

  • Poor instructor performance as evaluated (to what standard?) by training center coordinator or  reviewing official, documented in (what document), and recommended to the agency certifying official may result in decertification.
  • The decertification recommendation can be for a specific course, group of courses, or all courses.
  • Decertification recommendations for contract instructors may result in nonpayment. The contracting officer will be involved in the final disposition.
  • Decertification shall remain in place until the problem has been remedied.
  • Decertification should include removal from active instructor list(s) in IQCS.

Instructor Recertification

  • How does recertification differ from certification… (?)
Page Last Modified / Reviewed: 
2018-10-01

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