The South Carolina Forestry Commission is offering training for individuals seeking to be a Certified Prescribed Fire Manager. Certification can reduce the liability for those conducting outdoor burning. Training sessions are scheduled as follows:
Classes are held in October through December of each year and will be scheduled early in the fall. Please check back for class dates and locations.
The one-day course teaches managers how to plan prescribed burns that comply with South Carolina Smoke Management Guidelines. These regulations are mandatory for all forestry, wildlife and agricultural burning in South Carolina.
The course is not intended to teach individuals how to burn, but rather how to manage smoke from prescribed fires under these regulations and create awareness of legal issues associated with outdoor burning.
Certification requires that an individual complete this training, pass a written exam, and document one’s burning experience. Each session will begin at 8:30 am, and close by 5:00 pm with an administered test.
To register for the course, please complete the enclosed registration form, and mail it with your $50 registration fee. Applications are accepted on a first come-first served basis. The deadline for registration is three weeks prior to the course.
Reference materials and specific details regarding locations will be mailed two weeks prior to each session.
If you have further questions, please call Leslie Woodham at 803-896-8809.