NWCG Certification Workflow
This page outlines the steps required to certify an NWCG course for interagency use. Some courses may utilize a modified version of this certification process.
1. Course Steward
- Works with NWCG Training to develop a summary of changes, which outlines major changes to the course objectives/content, target group, delivery standards, and instructor qualifications.
- Recommends course for certification.
2. Parent Committee
- Reviews the summary of changes and ensures that the content/curriculum meets the overarching intent for the training (as identified in the Project Charter or guidance document which determines the scope and requirements of the project).
- Approves the Course Steward’s recommendation for certification.
3. Incident and Position Standards Committee (IPSC)
Provides a systems review as it relates to:
- NWCG Standards for Wildland Fire Position Qualifications, PMS 310-1
- Incident Qualifications and Certification System (IQCS) and Incident Qualifications System (IQS)
- Reviews the summary of changes and ensures changes to incident position standards are aligned appropriately.
- Ensures changes have been vetted across agencies and with appropriate Committees.
- Coordinates implementation of incident position standards with the IQCS/IQS system managers.
- Receives summary of changes and approves course for certification, from systems process perspective, within 30 days of receipt or by the next regularly scheduled committee call.
4. Executive Board
- Certifies course with final signature.
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