Training

Ranger Walk to the ManAll Black Rock Rangers and prospective Rangers go through a required annual training session in order to Ranger on playa that year.

2020 Black Rock Ranger trainings will be posted in the Ranger Secret Clubhouse in early April. All Rangers must attend training each year they intend to Ranger. 

Ranger training consists of an online course covering lectures, reading, assessments, and a face to face practical portion which includes brief lectures, discussions, activities, and scenarios. The training as a whole covers topics such as communications, conflict resolution, radio usage, and other skills that will give you the basics you’ll need to be a Ranger. Training sessions are offered across the United States and Canada across 40+ locations, typically between May and August.

Prospective Rangers, Rangers who have only Rangered on playa for one year, or Inactive or Retired Rangers: You will need to take the full training.

Active Rangers who have Rangered on playa for two or more years: You will need to attend a portion of the training, though you’re welcome to come to the whole thing.

Auditors: If you are interested in sitting in on a Black Rock Ranger Training, but do not want to become a Ranger this year, please see our Auditing page.

Accommodations: If you need special accommodations at a Ranger training (e.g., ASL interpretation, wheelchair access, etc.),  please contact the Ranger Training Academy at ranger-trainingacademy-list@burningman.org.

Training logistics: You must register for a training prior to attending—NO WALK-INS OF ANY KIND! Please arrive 20-30 minutes early so you’re ready to go. We especially encourage veterans to show up early so they can meet and greet with newer Rangers. Please do not schedule something else for 5 pm, in case the training runs late. Be prepared to stay later for impromptu get-togethers, BBQs, etc. If you can’t make the whole training, you will need to plan to attend another one. Please do not sign up for more than one Ranger training per year.

  • Make sure to bring a notebook, a pen or pencil, lunch, water, snacks, chairs, and whatever else you’ll need to be comfortable in that particular location.
  • If your Ranger training is held at a regional or other special event, expect to be responsible for obtaining a ticket to get into that event in order to participate in training, unless you are told otherwise by the event or training organizer.
  • The Lead Trainer will email everyone signed up for the training all necessary logistical details, such as the address of the training, about a week prior to the training. You can contact the Lead Trainer for specifics if you need this information prior to that point.

For additional questions about Ranger Training, please see the Training FAQ page.

2020 Ranger Trainings

Information about training dates will get posted to this page as trainings are scheduled. All questions about the specific trainings should be directed to the Training Contact listed in the Ranger Secret Clubhouse.


Attending an Advanced Ranger Training(ART)
DOES NOT satisfy the annual Ranger Training requirement.


2020 Stand Alone Advanced Ranger Trainings (ARTs)

Advanced Ranger Trainings have specific eligibility requirements. Some special teams require members to attend their ART annually.  Please contact the Ranger Cadre responsible for the ART for information. Cadre contact information can be found in the Ranger Manual, as well as in the Special Teams document on the home page of the Ranger Secret Clubhouse.

For additional questions about Ranger Training, please see the Training FAQ page.

If you have questions about the process of becoming a Rangers, check out the Application Process page. For general questions about volunteering with the Rangers, please contact ranger-vc-list@burningman.org.