State-Certified Prescribed-Fire Burn Boss

The CAL FIRE-Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) State-Certified Prescribed-Fire Burn Boss is for persons seeking Certification to plan and manage prescribed fire on State or private lands. A State-Certified Prescribed-Fire Burn Boss may possess authority to engage in a prescribed burning operation and to enter into the necessary contracts with the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The qualifications are documented in the State Certified Prescribed-Fire Burn Boss Certification Training Standards (CTS).  

A State-Certified Prescribed-Fire Burn Boss performs prescribed-fire planning, obtains state or local approval and permits, develops and implements a burn plan, monitors fire effects, maintains prescriptive requirements, and conducts an After-Action Review. This curriculum provides the initial Certification training as well as the required (annual) Continuing Education.

Certification Information

Prescribed-Fire Burn Boss is the only certification in the California Fire Fighter professional certification series. The State Prescribed-Fire Burn Boss Implementation Plan (PDF) was developed to provide detailed information regarding how and when the transition to this new certification will go into effect.

To apply for this certification, please review and complete the documentation below.

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Task Book Certification Application







To apply for this recertification, please review and complete the documentation below.

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 Recertification Application






To apply for Prerequisite Equivalency (PACE VI), review and complete the documentation below. 

Important: Please save the document onto your desktop prior to digitally filling it out. 

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PACE VI Application


Curriculum Information


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