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Certificate in Natural Areas Management (CNAM)

Offered by NATA to individuals who complete a series of four 'core' courses covering the topics identified as most important by practitioners in the field. Additionally, one of the fire-trainings below is required to receive the CNAM certificate.

To date, over 182 natural resource professionals in Florida have graduated from the NATA program and received their Certificate in Natural Areas Management. Graduates represent >60 different state, federal, county, and city agencies; private and non-profit organizations; universities; and military. 

The courses may be completed in any order, and there is no time limit to complete the series. Click on each course title below for additional descriptions, and go to NATA calendar to see when they are offered.


All 4 core courses required for certificate:


Plus, one of these fire-trainings:

  • Florida Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Training
    Formerly the Interagency Prescribed Fire Training, this course is administered by the Florida Forest Service. For purposes of CNAM, the Manager Certification is not required, only completion of the training. Provide a signed training certificate to the NATA Training Coordinator.
  • S-130/S-190/L-180 Basic Wildland Firefighter (FFT2)
    Offered by the Natural Areas Training Academy every spring and fall (see the NATA calendar for dates). If you completed this course with another provider, email a copy of your signed NWCG-certificate to the NATA Training Coordinator.