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Prescribed Burning Board

Certified Prescribed Burn Manager
An individual with ultimate authority and responsibility in conducting a prescribed burn. A certified prescribed burn manager has met the minimum standards of training and experience and obtained the required insurance. A certified prescribed burn manager provides reasonable assurance that the prescribed burn will be confined to a predetermined area, that the effects of smoke emissions are minimized and that the burn will be conducted in a manner that will accomplish land management objectives.

Required Training
Training consists of a minimum of a five-day course approved by the Board. The course consists of general fire training and specialized training for the region in which the person is certified, using material developed by the Board. The course will contain formal classroom lectures and practical field sessions, including a prescribed burn.

Minimum Training Required
Applicants must attend the Board-approved Certified Prescribed Burn Manger course and pass the exam. Courses include (a) a Board-approved Texas course (b) a Board-approved out of state course or (c) NWCG Type II Burn Boss or higher course.

Minimum Experience Required
Applicants must be able to document a minimum of:

  1. Three years of prescribed burning within a specific region.

  2. Thirty-days of prescribed burning not limited by region.

  3. Five days of prescribed burning as the responsible individual.

Insurance Required
The certified prescribed burn manager conducting a prescribed burn shall carry:

  • at least $1 million of liability insurance coverage for each single occurrence of bodily injury to or destruction of property, and

  • with a policy period minimum aggregate limit of at least $2 million


Certification and renewal fees are $50.00 for a five-year license contingent upon annual proof of insurance.


Certified prescribed burn managers will re-certify through the required re-certification program. Each certified prescribed burn manager will be required to maintain certificates of completion of the number of CEUs necessary to renew a certificate. Certificates of completion verifying attendance at approved activities during the previous certification period must be maintained for a period of 12 months after the most recent renewal of their certificate.

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