National Wildfire Coordinating Group

S-481, Incident Business Advisor, 2014

S-481 Decorative banner: Three photos of wildland fire incident business operations. A man sits at a table with a laptop working. Three women stand discussing business in a tent on an incident. A large room with over a dozen people working on incident business related activities with computers, files, and printers on every table.

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This course is designed to prepare students to become an Incident Business Advisor (INBA) resource for all hazard incidents. Topics include preparation for an assignment, interactions/activities, and relationship to cost objectives.


  • Describe the basic framework of the INBA position.
  • Understand the relationship between the Agency Administrator and the INBA.
  • Identify the individual skills and abilities needed to perform as a successful INBA.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as Incident Business Advisor (INBA).

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Experience working with complex organizations such as Area Command, Multi-Agency Coordinating (MAC) Group, Unified Command, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),


  • Experience working with Incident Management Teams, interagency cooperators, and additional support organizations during incidents,


  • Satisfactory performance as a unit leader or Section Chief Type 1 or Type 2,


  • Working incident business management knowledge acquired through incident assignments or as a business leader on an agency unit.

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-481 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-course work 1
Pre-selection assessment N/A
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 20
Total Hours 21

Course Level

Regional, state, or area

Minimum Instructor Qualifications

Lead and unit instructors must be qualified as Incident Business Advisor (INBA).

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


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