Certified and Insured Prescribed Burn Managers

A Certified and Insured Prescribed Burn Manager (CIPBM) is licensed by the Texas Department of Agriculture and approved by the Prescribed Burning Board.  A CIPBM has the ultimate authority and responsibility when conducting a prescribed burn.  A CIPBM must meet the minimum standards of training and experience and maintain required insurance.  A CIPBM must provide reasonable assurance that a prescribed burn will be confined to a predetermined area, that the effects of smoke emissions are minimized, and that a prescribed burn will be conducted in a manner that will accomplish land management objectives.

There are four types of certified and insured prescribed burn managers: 
(a) Private; 
(b) Commercial;
(c) Government; and
(d) Not-for-Profit.
  • Application (pdf)

  • Application Instructions (pdf)

  • Training Verification (pdf)

  • Training Verification Instructions (pdf)

  • Insurance Verification (pdf)

** Please be aware that the PBB-601 has been updated.
   Prescribed Burning Rules
For specific rules relating to CIPBM certification and requirements for Prescribed Burning, click here to visit the Texas Administrative Code.
   Requirements for Certification

All certified and insured prescribed burn categories must meet the following minimum requirements for certification:

Applicants for certification as a CIPBM must complete a course approved by the Board and pass the exam.  The course consists of general fire training and specialized training for the region in which the person is seeking certification, using training materials developed by the Board.  The course will contain formal classroom lectures and practical field sessions, including a prescribed burn. Other training courses may be considered by the Board to meet the required training necessary for certification.

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.

To be certified, at all times a CIPBM must carry: 
(a) at least $1 million of liability insurance coverage for each single occurrence of bodily injury to or destruction of property, 
(b) with a policy period minimum aggregate limit of at least $2 million.

Certification and renewal fees are $500.00 for a two-year license, contingent upon annual proof of insurance and continuing fire training requirements.