NWCG Standards for Recognition of Prior Learning, PMS 309
These standards establish the use of a formal competency-based qualification process that allows any credentialing authority to recognize and account for competence acquired through life-long learning and experience. RPL is a process that evaluates an individual’s formal and non-formal learning to determine the extent to which that individual has achieved the required competencies to perform effectively in a specific emergency management or responder position. It is widely recognized that a standardized NWCG RPL process will reduce redundant training, support efforts to increase speed and time to competency, and support efforts to boost national resource surge capacity.
Black and white image split into four columns. Under Knowledge a firefighter is holding a chainsaw blade. Under Skills a firefighter is examining another firefighter. Under Abilities a firefighter is pointing to a map while giving a briefing and being filmed. Under Credentials a firefighter is opening the door to a helicopter.
Questions?  Please contact:
Incident and Position Standards Committee
Samples of the referenced handbooks and assessments are available in Word to assist in the establishment of a RPL at the local level.
PMS 309
National Wildfire Coordinating Group
Our mission is to provide national leadership to enable interoperable wildland fire operations among federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners.  NWCG operations standards are interagency by design; they are developed with the intent of universal adoption by the member agencies.  However, the decision to adopt and utilize them is made independently by the individual member agencies and communicated through their respective directives systems.
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