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

To apply for this certification, please review and complete the documentation below. Information on how to initiate and submit a Task Book is summarized on the Prescribed-Fire Burn Boss Task Book Information Bulletin (PDF).

Task Book Application


Active State-Certified Prescribed-Fire Burn Boss Certification

As of August 24, 2023, there are a total of 24 State-Certified Prescribed-Fire Burn Bosses with an active certification.

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

Recertification Application

Statement of Experience Letter Example


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. 

PACE VI Application