S-248, Status/Check-In Recorder, 2006

S-248 Decorative banner. Four photos of wildfire check-in business operations. A woman sits at a table behind a laptop ready to check personnel in. Three people sit behind folding tables checking one person in. A firefighter checks in at a desk manned by check-in staff. A man sits behind a table writing down information from another person sitting in front of him on other side of table.

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This course is designed to introduce students to the tools and techniques used to perform the duties of a Status/Check-in Recorder (SCKN). The course provides an overview of what a student can expect if dispatched to an incident.

Each student will need access to a computer that has the most current incident automation software. At the time of this publication, I-Suite is the industry standard.


The desired outcome of this course is to prepare students to:

  • Set up and manage a check-in station.
  • Process information using incident automation software and other paper based methods.
  • Package the information into useful products.
  • Assist with demobilization.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as Status/Check-in Recorder (SCKN).

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

It is recommended that students have completed ICS-200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action IncidentsL-180, Human Factors, and have basic computer skills in the Windows environment.

Session Offerings

Sessions of this course may be available in the NWCG Wildland Fire Learning Portal (WFLP). Enrollment requires an account. Log on as a guest to search for session offerings of this course and to view other public content. To search for a specific course, use the FIND LEARNING menu at the top of the page, then select UPCOMING COURSES. To view Geographic Area training schedules, select the specific GEOGRAPHIC AREA information using the drop-down menu at the top of the page. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.



S-248 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-course work N/A
Pre-selection assessment N/A
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 16
Total Hours 16

Course Level


Minimum Instructor Qualifications

Lead instructor must be a qualified Resource Unit Leader (RESL).

Unit instructors must be qualified Status/Check-in Recorders (SCKN).

See NWCG Standards for Course Delivery, PMS 901-1, Instructor Standards for more information.

Certification Date:


Previous Certification Dates:

  • 1998-08


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