Prescribed Burn Manager Certification

12.5 hours of FTE


UGA Griffin Campus
Stuckey Conference Center Auditorium


Ken Parker, Wildland Fire Specialist, Georgia Forestry Commission

Study Guide


Prescribed fire is defined as fire applied in a knowledgeable manner to forest fuels on a specific land area under selected weather conditions to accomplish predetermined, well-defined management objectives. This course is designed for Prescribed Burning Managers. The 1992 Georgia Legislature passed the Prescribed Burning Act which allowed the Georgia Forestry Commission to promulgate a Prescribed Burn Manager Certification Program. Although certification is not required to practice prescribed burning in Georgia, the program is offered in the interest of higher learning and achievement for qualified prescribed burn practitioners and landowners. Course includes self-study of materials provided by mail prior to the program, a two-day training session and a written state exam. Applicants for certification must pass this exam with a score of 70 or higher, have two years of experience and meet a prerequisite of having been the person in charge of five prescribed burns before becoming a certified prescribed burner in Georgia. 12.5 hours of CFE’s will be awarded for those registered foresters needing continuing education credits. An Affidavit not required to attend class, but must be submitted to become certified.

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