S-445, Incident Training Specialist, 2009

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The course is designed to meet the training needs of the Incident Training Specialist (TNSP) on an incident as outlined in the, NIMS: Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide, PMS 310-1, and the position taskbook developed for the position. The instructional methods of the course include lecture with PowerPoint presentations, classroom exercises, and discussions. The lessons include roles and responsibilities, initiating the incident training program, individual training plans, and incident training activities. Reference material is provided to assist students in the classroom and on the job.


  • Organize and implement an incident training program.
  • Analyze and facilitate training assignments to fulfill individual development needs of trainees.
  • Document individual trainee assignments and the incident training program.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as Training Specialist (TNSP).


S-445 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course work3-4
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training14-18
Total Hours17-22

Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-445 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Course Level

Regional, state, or area


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