Incident Qualifications and Certification System (IQCS)

Incident Qualifications and Certification System (IQCS) is a management tool to record, track and report on responder incident qualifications for the federal agencies that form the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG), the Department of Interior (DOI) bureaus, the United States Air Force and the United States Army.

The IQCS application is a PeopleSoft product but has been heavily customized to reflect incident position requirements maintained in the NWCG Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide (PMS 310-1), Forest Service Fire and Aviation Qualification Guide (FSFAQG), DOI Incident Position Qualification Guide (IPQG) and the Federal Wildland Fire Qualifications Supplement. 

To determine qualifications, IQCS compares the responder’s task book, training, experience, and other accomplishments (referred to as competencies) to the position qualification criteria.


In the early 2000s the original wildfire federal agencies collaborated to develop a single application to support their qualification standards.  Responder data was migrated from legacy systems to IQCS during the early months of 2004.

The Department of Interior joined IQCS with the Incident Position Qualification Guide (IPQG) all-hazard positions in 2011 and began utilizing the application for incident qualification management for all DOI agencies.

In November 2016 the United States Air Force signed an agreement to use IQCS. They imported and began managing their responder incident qualifications in the application January 2017.  

The United States Army Service signed an agreement with IQCS September 2018 and the agency began managing their responder incident qualifications in the application July 2019.  

Management of IQCS

The IQCS system is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) with active business oversight from representatives from each of the federal NWCG wildfire agencies, the Department of Interior and the United States Air Force. These seven agency representatives compose the Change Management Board (CMB) that directs the business scope of IQCS.

IQCS Major Functions

Fundamental business processes and functions include:

  • Certification Standards Management: contains the incident response position performance standards and their respective qualification and certification requirements for all hazard and wildland fire positions.

  • Incident Responder Management: tracks responder information related to qualifications and work history that includes information such as: positions, experience, training, fitness, and licenses and certifications.

  • Import and Export of emergency responder qualification data: import and export qualification data for individuals and groups in several different formats to assist account managers as employees transfer between qualification systems.  

  • Training Management: provides the ability to coordinate training by tracking course/offering descriptions, learning objectives, pre-course requirements, class schedules, student registration and class participation information.


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