401-Series Fire Ecology and Management Certificate
Meet your 401-series requirements while learning useful information for your future
jobs with this certificate.
Upon completion of the certificate program, you will:
- understand the importance of forest and fire ecology as well as fire science concepts
to land management and fire management
- have a working familiarity with fire effects and/or fire behavior models
- be prepared to apply your knowledge to your daily job and to land management
Complete course offerings
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Current certificate courses
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We expect certificate candidates have basic writing, speaking and computational
skills that would be expected in a wildland fire fighting position. We expect certificate
candidates to be proficient in fundamentals of computer operation (some basic Windows
based operating system / software experience) and we have provided on-line training
links to help them with this.
During the course of the certificate program we expect students to gain the following
knowledge and skills:
- An understanding of ecological adaptations of forests including genetic variation
and adaptations as well as the basic concepts of tree reproduction, growth and structure.
- Students will be able to characterize the biogeochemical processes of forested ecosystems.
- Comprehension of population models, predator-prey relationships, habitat selection
and quality, and the interactions of wildlife and their required resources.
- An understanding of plant community concepts in forest ecology, niche and niche
differentiation concepts and biodiversity concepts.
- An understanding of disturbance terminology and regime characteristics, the role
and importance of native and introduced species and succession terminology and life-history
- An understanding of landscape ecology concepts, terminology and the importance of
scale in space and time.
- An understanding of what silviculture is and how it applies to forest and fire management
as well as basic concepts of stand development, forest strata, regeneration, site
preparation, and intermediate treatments.
- An understanding of how silvicultural and ecological concepts relate to fuel treatments,
fire effects and land management.
- An understanding of basic GIS concepts and how ArcGIS can be applied directly to
forest and fire management issues.
- An understanding of basic vegetation and fire monitoring terminology, protocols
and data as well as fire behavior and fire effects models.
- An understanding of the philosophical, historical, legal, ecological, social and
cultural aspects of land management and how that relates to fire management.
Upon completion of the certificate program:
- Certificate recipients will understand the importance of forest and fire ecology
as well as fire science concepts to land management and fire management.
- Certificate recipients will have a working familiarity with fire effects and/or
fire behavior models
- Certificate recipients will be prepared to apply their knowledge to their daily
jobs and to land management.
General Tuition Costs can be found on the NAU bursar’s office website. Scroll down to the semester
of interest and click on the “DISTANCE LEARNING” link.
Arizona residents pay “Resident Undergraduate” tuition and out-of-state students
pay “World Wide University (WWU) Undergraduate” rates. Do not look at non-resident
rates as these do not apply to this program.
Courses may have additional course and program fees, so please refer to the Enroll
Now documents for the specific course. These fees range from $10-$40 per course
Our certificate program parallels the Undergraduate
Certificate in Fire Ecology, Management and Technology at the University
of Idaho. If our course schedule does not meet your needs, 6 units of our certificate
may be taken elsewhere. Any changes need to be approved in advance by the Northern
Arizona University Fire Ecology and Management Certificate advisers.
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