National Wildfire Coordinating Group

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 task book 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).

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

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-445 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-course work 3-4
Pre-selection assessment N/A
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 14-18
Total Hours 17-22

Course Level

Regional, state, or area

Minimum Instructor Qualifications

Lead and unit instructors must be qualified as Training Specialists (TNSP).

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


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