Training FAQ

When and where are the trainings held?

See the Main Training page

Do I need to sign up for Training?

Yes!  We need people to sign up in advance so we know how many people will be attending a given training.  If you are already a Ranger, sign up for training via the Secret Clubhouse at http://rangeroffice.burningman.com.  If you have not Rangered before (whether you want to become a Ranger or are just interested in sitting in on training), please visit http://jousting-at-windmills.org/clubhouse.

Can I just sit in on Training if I don’t want to become a Ranger?

Generally, yes.  Subject to space availability, everyone is welcome to attend Ranger trainings.

We do ask, however, that such “sit-ins” sign up first, so we can get an accurate headcount and know how many manuals to print, etc.  (See above for info on how to do this.)

In rare cases where trainings are short on space (or short on Trainers, or short on some other resource), first priority will be given to Rangers and prospective Rangers.  In such cases, “sit-in”-type individuals may attend at the discretion of the Lead Trainer.

What’s this I heard about a review of the Ranger Manual?

Please read the Ranger Manual before you come to training. If this is your first or second year, we’d also like you to spend a few minutes with the online Manual Review page so that we don’t have to spend your time reading important information to you at the training. ;) Veterans are invited to partake of the review as well.

Do I have to attend the full training?

If you have Rangered either zero or one years on the playa, you must take the full-day Ranger Training (10 am to 5 pm) once during the year.

If you have Rangered two or more years on the playa and are an active Ranger, you only need to attend the afternoon portion of the Training (1:30 pm to 5 pm) once during the year.  In that case, though, we urge you to either show up at 10 am and take an ART module, or show up at 1 pm and have lunch with our less-dusty Rangers.

If you have not rangered at Burning Man in the past 3 years, you must take the full training (10 am to 5 pm) once during the year.

If you have not rangered at Burning Man in the past 5 years, in addition to taking the full training (10 am to 5 pm), you must also walk the dirt with a couple experienced Rangers assigned to you on-playa (referred as ‘Cheetahs’) . There will be an evaluation 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 is an ART module?

ART stands for Advanced Ranger Training.  ARTs are usually offered during the morning portion (10 am to 1 pm) of most trainings.  Most ARTs are self paced or group 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.  An exception is ART of Green Dot, which is taught by a Green Dot trainer.

What ARTs are available?

Self or group study:
ART of Radio
ART of Conflict Resolution
ART of Ranger Shift Command Intern (RSCI)

Facilitated:
ART of Green Dot.

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

Barring any printing or delivery issues, all of the self or group study ARTs are available at every training. The facilitated ARTs are only available when we have a facilitator. Please see the list of trainings, which include information about which ARTs are available at them.

Please visit this page for more detailed descriptions.  Additional ARTs are in development, watch Allcom for news.

Can I take an ART if I’m an alpha or first-year Ranger?

If you have Rangered one year on the playa and have already satisfied your requirement to take the full-day Ranger training, you are welcome to take an ART.  Naturally, this will mean that you will need to have shown up at one training to take the full-day training and then you can show up at some other training to take an ART module.

If you have not Rangered at all on playa (i.e., if you are an alpha), you are generally not eligible to take ART modules.  The one exception to this is a special ART of Radio session that is sometimes offered.