National Wildfire Coordinating Group

S-339, Division / Group Supervisor, 2015

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This course prepares students to perform in the role of Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS). It provides instruction in support of the specific tasks of the Division/Group Supervisor, but will not instruct students in general management/supervision or in the Incident Command System (ICS), both of which the student should learn through prerequisite work. Topics include division or group management, organizational interaction, division operations, all-hazard operations, and tactical decision games (optional). The pre-course work consists of a professional reading assignment that can take from four to eight hours to complete. There is a final examination in this course.


  • At the successful completion of this course, the student will demonstrate an understanding of the duties required of a Division/Group Supervisor in preparation for completing position task book elements.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as a Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS). 

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Qualified as Task Force Leader (TFLD), OR Qualified as Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3),


  • Qualified as Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4) and any two Strike Team Leader positions (one must be STCR or STEN).


  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

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-339 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-course work 4-8
Pre-selection assessment N/A
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 18-20
Total Hours 22-28

Course Level

Regional, state, or area

Minimum Instructor Qualifications

The lead instructor must be a qualified Operations Section Chief Type 2 (OSC2).

Unit instructors must be qualified as Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS) or Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3).

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

Certification Date:


Previous Certification Dates:

  • 2006-09
  • 1997-03


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