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 2015 Certified Burner course dates (and some states have even already held a few courses)!
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 2015 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.
October 2015 NC Prescribed Fire Training Center, Montgomery Community College, Troy, NC (full registration details will be posted here when finalized)
Thursday, March 5, 2015 FULL Columbia, SC
October – December (exact dates TBA)
More information about the Certification Training can be found here.
Certified Burner Correspondence Course (web-based): Year-Round. Find more details on the online course here.
Classroom version: Dates and more details can be found here
January-February 2015 Courses CLOSED
April 20-23, 2015 Withlacoochee Training Center, Brooksville
Full details and registration information for both the Certification Courses and the Re-Certification Workshops can be found here.
AL Certification Courses: July – September, 2015 (Dates TBA)
AL Re-certification Workshops: August- September (Dates TBA)
April 14-16, 2015 Hilton Garden Inn, Starkville, MS
October 6-8, 2015 Pearl River Community College, Woodall Technology Center, Hattiesburg, MS
May 7-9, 2015 War Memorial Civic Center, 250 West 7th St., DeRidder, LA
For more information, please contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, 337-463-7006.
February 11-12, 2015 Tennessee Fire Service & Codes Enforcement Academy near Bell Buckle.
For more information on the course, please contact Robin Bible at (615) 837-5537 or by email at Robin.Bible@tn.gov.
Red Buffalo: Dates TBA
Texas A&M Agrilife February 19-21, 2015 Prescribed Burning School Sonora Research Station
March 5-7, 2015 Advanced Prescribed Burning School
Sonora Research Station
For more information, contact Ray Hinnant at (979) 820-1778 or visit agrilife.org/arm and download the 2014-2015 registration form.
To learn more about the Certified Prescribed Burn Manager program in your state, visit your state forestry website or visit the Southern Fire Exchange Education & Training page for Certified Burn Manager Program information by state.
Questions about this post or have an addition? Contact Jennifer Evans, Extension Associate, NCSU (firstname.lastname@example.org).