Training FAQ

When and where are the trainings held?

Training sessions for 2021 will be scheduled between May and July. The Main Training page will be updated as trainings are scheduled, likely early April. 2021 locations are likely to be very similar to 2019, which included: Toronto, Calgary, Montreal, London, Seattle, Portland, Grantsville, Denver, San Francisco, Oakland, Napa, Los Gatos, Los Angeles, Joshua Tree, San Diego, Reno, Austin, Phoenix, Juplaya, Chicago, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Brooklyn, New York City, Boston, and at the Burning Man event. In Europe trainings are likely to be held in London, Amsterdam, and Berlin.

Where can I find out information about a specific training for which I am registered?

After you have completed the Online Training Course, you will have access to the Face to Face trainings. Specific information about a training can be found in the Ranger Secret Clubhouse. By clicking on the “info” button you can see the contact information for the Lead Trainer, date/time, training location, and any special instructions.

I trained last year. Do I need to attend training again?

Yes! Rangers must take training every year that they intend to Ranger.

Do I need to sign up for Training if I want to Ranger?

Yes, you must complete the online course, and register for the Training in advance. WALK-INS ARE NOT ALLOWED.

If you are already a Ranger or are a prospective Ranger that has already created a Secret Clubhouse account, you will be eligible to sign-up for a Part 2: Face to Face Ranger Training AFTER you have successfully completed the Part 1: Online Ranger Training Course. The Online Course  will be available in March of 2021.

If you are already a Ranger or are a prospective Ranger that has already created a Secret Clubhouse account, you will be eligible to sign-up for a Face to Face Ranger Training AFTER you have successfully completed the Online Ranger Training Course, which will be available in March 2021. Sign up for training via the Secret Clubhouse (the Ranger scheduling tool) at http://rangeroffice.burningman.com

If you have not Rangered before, please follow the Ranger Application Process.

Can I audit a Ranger Training if I don’t intend to become a Ranger?

Yes, only if space permits. You will need to successfully complete the Online Ranger Training Course and register for the Face to Face Training. Please visit the Auditing a Ranger Training page for information.

Please be advised that the Black Rock Ranger Training  is a full day of learning intended for people who have participated at the Burning Man event at least once. The training is not a forum to figure out what Burning Man is and how it works for the first time .

I think my friend would make a great Ranger, can I just bring them to a training?

No. If you have a friend you think would make a good Ranger, encourage them to volunteer and follow the Ranger Application Process.

Can I bring my significant other to training to hang out?

No. Only registered trainees can attend the Face to Face Training. If you have someone who is Ranger curious, or is interested in attending the training, but not interested in becoming a Ranger. They must follow the Auditing a Ranger Training process. 

2015 Rebar Ceremony with Ranger Splinter

Do I need to attend the full training?

If you have Rangered either zero or one years on the playa, you must take the Part 1: Online Ranger Course AND the full-day Part 2: Face to Face Ranger Training (9:30 am to 4:30 pm) once during the year.

If you have Rangered two or more years on the playa and are an active Ranger, you need to take the Part 1: Online Ranger Training Course AND attend the afternoon portion of the Part 2: Face to Face Ranger Training (1:00 pm to 4:30 pm) once during the year. In that case, though, we urge you to either show up at 9:45 am and take a Facilitated ART if offered, or show up at 12:15 pm and have lunch with our less-dusty Rangers.

If you are a returning Ranger, but have not Rangered at Burning Man in over 3 years, see below for info on how to get involved again.

I don’t see a training near me. What do I do?

Be patient, not all of the trainings are posted at once, rather they trickle in over the first couple of months of the training season, March-August. Most trainings are posted by mid to late June, except for the on-playa trainings. If you haven’t seen anything near you by then, you should plan on attending the on playa trainings. You may take the Part 1: Online Ranger Training course at any time, once it is available. We recommend you take the Part 1: Online Ranger Training course within the same month you intend to take the Face to Face Ranger Training. PNVs should sign up for Part 2: Face to Face Ranger Training by June 15.

I missed or was unable to attend a training for which I had registered.

You will not be able to register for another training without first contacting the Training Academy. If there is another off playa training you can attend, simply request to be added to that training when you contact the Training Academy. Another option is to ask to be added to an on-playa training. These trainings are held specifically to accommodate those Rangers and potential Rangers who, through circumstances beyond their control, were unable to get to their local training. This is the primary reason the on-playa trainings are not posted until later in the season. 

What if there isn’t a Ranger Training anywhere near me?

The on-playa trainings are held specifically to accommodate those Rangers and potential Rangers for whom there isn’t a local training. This is the primary reason the on-playa trainings are not posted until later in the season, be patient. You may take the Online Ranger Training course at any time, once it is available. We recommend you take the Online Ranger Training course within the same month you intend to take the Face to Face Ranger Training. If you have questions, email the Training Academy.

I’ve been away from the Rangers for a while. How do I get involved in volunteering again?

If you have not Rangered at Burning Man in the past 3 or 4 years, you must take the Part 1: Online Ranger Training Course AND the full day Part 2: Facet to Face Ranger Training (9:30 am to 4:30 pm) the year you intend to come back.

If you have not Rangered at Burning Man in the past 5 years, in addition to taking both parts of the trainings, you must also walk the dirt with a couple experienced Rangers assigned to you on-playa (referred as “Cheetahs”.) There will be an evaluation and feedback following your “Cheetah” shift to determine whether Rangering is still a good fit. Once you are invited back into the Rangers you will be able to sign up for and work additional shifts.

What’s this I heard about an Online Ranger Training?

The 2021 Annual Ranger Training has changed from previous years. Beginning in March, the Part 1: Online Ranger Training course will be available. This is the first part of your annual training requirement, and you will be able to access it via the Ranger Secret Clubhouse. You must successfully complete the Part 1: Online Ranger Course BEFORE you will be able to register for the Part 2: Face to Face Ranger Training Course.

The Part 1: Online Ranger Training course is replacing the Manual Review and the many of the lecture heavy components of the previous year’s Ranger Training. The online course will take you between 60-90 minutes and you will be able to start and stop and return, so that you can complete the course at your convenience. The Training Academy recommends you take the Online Training Course within the same month you intend on attending the Face to Face Ranger Training. 

May I bring my dog to the training?

Each training location is different. Please contact the Lead Trainer for the specific training to find out if animals are allowed. Excepting registered Service Animals which are always welcome.

FYI: Dogs are NOT allowed at any of the Burning Man Headquarters Ranger Trainings.

What is an ART module?

ART stands for Advanced Ranger Training.  Most ARTs are self-paced, meaning that you and other interested veteran Rangers will take them on your own or in a group, at your own pace, without an instructor. These ARTs are available in the right sidebar of the Ranger website, and you can take them at any time (including outside of training).

Some ARTs, such as Green Dot, Intercept, and Tow Truck are “facilitated,” meaning they are led by a Ranger facilitator, and frequently involve special equipment, e.g. a tow truck. Facilitated ARTs are frequently offered during the morning portion (10 am to 1 pm) of Ranger trainings. They can also be stand-alone trainings.

Do I need to sign up for Facilitated ART at a Training?

Yes, you must register for a facilitated ART. Sandman, Tow Truck, and Green Dot ARTs now have Clubhouse sign-ups.

Prospective and first year Rangers must attend the full day Part 2: Face to Face Ranger Training, and therefore are not eligible to take a facilitated ART that is held on the same day they plan to attend the full day training. Additionally, some of the ARTs have specific service requirements, please check with the individual cadre’s. 

Is the ART of <Whatever> offered at the <Wherever> Training?

Self- or group-study ARTs can be found on the right-hand column of the main Ranger website. Facilitated ARTs are only available when we have a facilitator at Ranger training, and are typically noted in the list of trainings. Additional ARTs are constantly in development; watch Ranger Announce for news.