Wildland Fire Academic Program Certification

To apply for certification in 2019, please submit your application by September 1, 2020; applicants will be notified by December 1, 2020.  


The complexity and importance of wildland fire science, management, and decision-making is at an all-time high across our nation and worldwide. To meet current and future challenges of workforce development, analysis, and sound decision-making, AFE has developed a process for recognizing academic programs which prepare future fire professionals. Our overarching goal is to support fire ecology and ecologically-based fire management while advancing fire science and its application.

With the many wildland fire programs across the nation, certified programs should attract more students into their programs. Graduating students from and AFE Certified program will qualify for an expedited application process to become an AFE Certified Wildland Fire Manager, Ecologist, or Professional. Recognized programs will also be listed on the AFE website, in our newsletter, and in other AFE promotional materials.

Recognized levels Programs can be Certified (good for 5 years) or Candidate (review and update within 3 to 6 years). Each program will get clear feedback from AFE about ways to strengthen their program to meet the goals of certification.

Application Fee

The application fee for the initial five year certification is $500, with a re-certification fee of $500 required for continued five year recognition.

Please read the Guidebook below before starting your application.

  Academic Certification Guidebook 

 AFE's Academic Program Certification Application 

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