2014 Certified Burner Courses

It’s early in the year, but it’s never too early to start thinking about becoming a Certified burner. Several states have already announced their 2014 Certified Burner course dates!

If you would like to become a Certified prescribed burner, you will need to complete a Certified prescribed burner training course (at a minimum) for the state in which you intend to conduct your burning. Be aware that some states may have additional requirements beyond the training course, such as participating in live burns or preparing a burn plan.

Since many prescribed burners cross state lines when burning, you may be interested in becoming Certified in multiple states. This is a possibility, however, it may not be necessary. Did you know that some states include reciprocity with neighboring states? If you are already a Certified burner in your state, you may first want to check with the other state forestry agency for the state in which you wish to burn to see if they recognize reciprocity with your state.

Below is a list of the 2014 Certification courses throughout the Southeastern states. Because there are usually only a few courses offered per state each year, be sure to plan ahead and register early!

Please check back frequently, as this list will be updated as new courses are scheduled. You may also check with your state forestry agency for possible additional dates that may not be included on this list.

VIRGINIA: TBA

NORTH CAROLINA:

October 7-8, 2014                                                                                                                               NC Prescribed Fire Training Center, Montgomery Community College, Troy, NC                 (full registration details will be posted here when finalized)

SOUTH CAROLINA: October – December (exact dates TBA)

GEORGIA:

More information about the Certification Training can be found here.

May 14-15, 2014 – information and registration                                                                    Darton State College; Albany GA                                                                                          Contact: 229.317.6872 – Jane Zingaro

 September 9-10, 2014 – information and registration                                                        Rural Development Center; Tifton, GA                                                                              Contact: 229.386.3416 – Renae Woods

November 4-5, 2014 – information and registration                                                         Georgia Southern University; Statesboro GA                                                                  Contact: 912.478.5993 – Judy Hendrix-Poole

FLORIDA:

Certified Burner Correspondence Course (web-based): Year-Round.                                         Find more details on the online course here.

Classroom version: Dates TBA

ALABAMA:

Full details and registration information for both the Certification Courses and the Re-Certification Workshops can be found here.

AL Certification Courses:

August 5 – 8, 2014                                                                                                                           Auburn University, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences                                                   602 Duncan Drive South, Auburn, AL  36849

July 14-17, 2014                                                                                                                          Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center                                                                                12130 Dixon Center Road, Andalusia, AL  36420

September 8 – 11, 2014                                                                                                       Guntersville State Park Lodge                                                                                                        1155 Lodge Drive, Guntersville, AL  35976

AL Re-certification Workshops:

August 27, 2014                                                                                                                       Alabama 4-H Center                                                                                                                     892 4-H Road, Columbiana, AL  35051

September 19, 2014                                                                                                                           Reid State Technical College                                                                                                         Edith A Gray Library and Technology Center, Evergreen, AL  36401

September 25, 2014                                                                                                               Auburn University, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences                                                       602 Duncan Drive South, Auburn, AL  36849

MISSISSIPPI:

April 8 – 10, 2014                                                                                                                       Southern Regional Fire Training Center                                                                                         3139 Highway 468 W   Pearl, MS 39208

May 13 – 15, 2014                                                                                                                         Mississippi Highway Patrol                                                                                                                160 Highway 84E  Brookhaven, MS 39601

For additional information, driving directions and registration form, click here.  For more information, contact Jeff Ware, MFC Safety/Training Director at (662) 401-8067 or jware@mfc.state.ms.us.

LOUISIANA:

March 7, 2014                                                                                                                         Louisiana Prescribed Burner (Marshland) Certification Workshop                                             Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve, 314 St. Mary Street, Thibodaux, LA           Contact: Cornelis de Hoop or Joey Breaux,  cdehoop@lsu.edu or joey_b@ldaf.state.la.us

April 2-4, 2014                                                                                                                     Louisiana Prescribed Burner (Forest Land) Certification Workshop                                     Hill Farm Experiment Station, 11959 Highway 9, Homer, LA 71040                                        Contact: Ricky Kilpatrick or Cornelis de Hoop, RKilpatrick@agcenter.lsu.edu or cdehoop@lsu.edu

June 12-14, 2014                                                                                                                 Louisiana Prescribed Burner (Forest Land) Certification Workshop                                DeRidder, LA                                                                                                                                     Contact: Keith Hawkins or Cornelis de Hoop, KHawkins@agcenter.lsu.edu or cdehoop@lsu.edu

Texas:

Red Buffalo: Dates TBA

Texas A&M Agrilife                                                                                                                       Prescribed Burning School                                                                                                                  Sonora Research Station                                                                                                              February 20-22, 2014

Advanced Prescribed Burning School
Sonora Research Station
March 6-8, 2014                                                                                                                               Contact Jeanne Andreski at 979-862-2128 for registration form.

Questions about this post? Contact Jennifer Evans, Extension Associate, NCSU (jlevans3@ncsu.edu)

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