S-203, Introduction to Incident Information, 2008

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Pre-Course Work

This instructor-led course consists of pre-course work (est. 3 hrs.) which is an online exam. Additional information about the course can be found on the Overview page.


  1. Complete the FEMA independent study online course, ICS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System if you are not familiar with the Incident Command System.
    • ICS-100 describes the history, features, principles, purpose and organizational structure of the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for ICS training.
  2. Complete S-110, Basic Wildland Fire Orientation, which consists of a 15 minute video, if you have never been to an incident or stayed in an incident camp.
    • This video provides essential information for individuals interested in wildland fire management and contains particularly useful information for non-fire management employees who are new to the world of wildland fire.
    • The video includes information on personal preparedness and responsibility, mobilization, incident procedures, proper clothing and equipment, and living conditions in wildland fire camps
  3. Take the Pre-Course Work Test by linking to the online training logon (see below). You will be directed to the National Fire Academy (NFA) Online website. You will need an NFA Online account to take this course; follow directions on the NFA Online website to obtain an account and register in the NWCG domain. Search for course title in the catalog and add the online S-203  Pre-Course Work Test to your “To-Do-List.” The NFA Online learning management system will track your progress.  
    • Note:  When registering in NFA Online to take the online Pre-Course Work Test, be sure to register in the “NWCG” domain in order to find the S-203 Pre-Course Work Test in the catalog.
      • You must obtain a passing score of 70% or higher to receive a certificate of completion.
      • Print the certificate and submit it as directed in your course selection letter.


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Chrome and Safari ARE NOT compatible with NWCG Online course content and will not track your progress. NWCG Online courses are Flash-based, so they only work in certain browsers and with certain settings enabled. You MUST use Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge browsers. Please see the write up below for help in configuring you browser.

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Confirm the installed Adobe Reader is the current version for the browser you are using:  https://get.adobe.com/reader/

Internet Explorer (IE)

Follow the three tutorial links below to ensure IE is configured correctly. Course progress tracking issues will persist in IE if the browser is not configured per this guidance.

  1. IE Pop-up Blocker Settings.
  2. IE Compatibility Setting.
  3. IE Trusted Site Setting. Note: USFS and BLM students, this setting is already globally set by your agency.  Other agencies: If you are unable to access this setting you will need to contact your IT representative.

Mozilla Firefox

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Additional information regarding Flash can be found on Mozilla’s Firefox Support site.  

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge can be found on most Windows 10 computers. However, Flash content will not work in all versions of Edge. In order to attempt an NWCG course in Edge, the Flash player must be enabled and Flash content allowed. Adobe provides instructions on doing both here

If, after adjusting your settings, Edge does not run NWCG online courses, you will need to switch to Firefox or IE.


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Mac Users

The following is the required software and plugins needed to access the online training using a Mac OS X.  If your progress does not track while accessing the online training on a Mac, you will need to switch to a Windows PC that is correctly configured:

  • Mozilla Firefox Browser is the only compatible browser for Mac users.
  • Shockwave Flash must be installed per guidance provided above.
  • Current Adobe Reader
Note: It may be helpful to print this page to use as a reference if you run into problems with your online course work not tracking.

For additional questions

Please go to the NWCG FAQ page.

1. Confirm the installed Adobe Reader is the current version for the browser you are using:  https://get.adobe.com/reader/

2. To print the online course completion certificate, log into your NFA Online account.  From your Home Page select "View All" in the "Completed Work" pod.

3. Hover mouse over the title of the course, wait for pop-up and select "Print Certificate":

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Reference Materials

Wildland Fire Incident Management Field Guide, PMS 210


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