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.

Active State-Certified Prescribed-Fire Burn Boss Certifications 

As of February 15, 2023, there are a total of fifteen State-Certified Prescribed-Fire Burn Bosses with an active certification.

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

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Task Book Certification Application







Information on how to initiate and submit a Task Book is summarized on the Prescribed-Fire Burn Boss Task Book Information Bulletin (PDF).

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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