Certification Exam Information

Course Approval

It is now required that all fire departments and teaching facilities that participate with the DPSE certification program and possess a current course approval must utilize the Public Event Calendar and schedule all course dates and practical/written examinations that pertain to their course approval. This information will be utilized to schedule a Fire Certification Specialist to audit all or part of the course and examinations. The following information (as applicable) is required:

  • Name of fire department possessing course approval,
  • Title of course,
  • Location of course,
  • Date of classroom instruction,
  • Date of practical exam,
  • Date of written exam, and
  • Name and contact information.

This information must be submitted to DPSE no less than two weeks prior to the first day of the course. If the course is cancelled, notification must be submitted immediately.

 

FD Mail

The FD e-mail account process will remain the same and will continue to be utilized to communicate important information from OSFM. Communications from DPSE includes such things as certification approvals/denials, request for exam approval/denials, course approval/denials and expirations, and recertification reminders. DPSE has been inundated with phone calls from firefighters questioning their exam date status and certification questions. DPSE is requesting that firefighters be reminded to contact their Training Officer/Fire Chief of these generalized questions that can be answered by viewing the e-mails that are sent to the FD Mail accounts. As always, DPSE is available to assist when needed.

Additional required material for practical examinations or other added requirements will be distributed, by FD Mail, to approved facilities with a current course approval. Also, the OSFM public website will be updated with new information. These should be completed in the coming weeks.

The state written examinations for all revised and new certifications will be available to request September 1, 2017, to be challenged at a test site no earlier than October 1, 2017. All proctoring facilities will begin utilizing the new batteries of examinations October 1, 2017. 

 

Eliminated Certifications 

Firefighter II/III
​Hazardous Materials Awareness​High Angle Rope Operations
Fire Officer III
​Hazardous Materials Technician A/B​Fire Service Vehicle Operator-Provisional
​Fire Prevention Officer​Technical Rescue Awareness​Dive Technician
​Public Fire and Life Safety Educator II/III​Rescue Specialist-Vertical II​Ice Technician
​Fire Inspector II and Plan Examiner I​Motorsports Safety Technician​Ice Dive Technician
​Fire Inspector III and Plan Examiner II​Swiftwater Technician

 

Recertification

​Updated Certifications

The following certification levels have been updated. Instructor Reference Manuals will no longer be sent to facilities with a course approval for these levels. Facilities must update their programs to the approved reference material.

Basic Operations Firefighter:
1. National Fire Protection Association, NFPA 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, 2013 Edition
2. IFSTA, Essentials of Fire Fighting and Fire Department Operations, 6th Edition
3. Jones and Bartlett, Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills, 3rd Edition

Hazardous Materials Awareness and Technical Rescue Awareness certifications are eliminated as stand-alone certification levels. The NFPA objectives remain a requirement for Basic Operations Firefighter but are now incorporated within the Basic Operations Firefighter course. Test questions are also incorporated into the Basic Operations Firefighter written examination for these objectives 

Advanced Technician Firefighter:

1. National Fire Protection Association, NFPA 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, 2013 Edition
2. IFSTA, Essentials of Fire Fighting and Fire Department Operations, 6th Edition
3. Jones and Bartlett, Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills, 3rd Edition 

Airport Firefighter:

1. NFPA 1003, Airport Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, 2015 Edition
2. IFSTA, Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting, 6th Edition

The one year experience requirement is eliminated as a requirement for certification.

Fire Apparatus Engineer and Fire Service Vehicle Operator:
1. NFPA 1002, Standard on Fire Apparatus Drive/Operator Professional Qualifications, 2009 Edition NFPA 1002
2. IFSTA, Pumping Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbook, 3rd Edition
3. Jones and Bartlett, Fire Service Pump Operator, Principles and Practice, 3rd Edition
4. IFSTA, Aerial Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbook, 3rd Edition

Fire Service Vehicle Operator Provisional certification is no longer available.

Fire Apparatus Engineer and Fire Service Vehicle Operator:
1. NFPA 1002, Standard on Fire Apparatus Drive/Operator Professional Qualifications, 2009 Edition NFPA 1002
2. IFSTA, Pumping Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbook, 3rd Edition
3. Jones and Bartlett, Fire Service Pump Operator, Principles and Practice, 3rd Edition
4. IFSTA, Aerial Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbook, 3rd Edition

Fire Service Vehicle Operator Provisional certification is no longer available.

Chief Fire Officer:
1. NFPA 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, 2014 Edition
2. IFSTA, Chief Officer, 3rd Edition
3. Jones and Bartlett, Chief Officer, Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition

Replaces Fire Officer III certification. Applications for Certification for this level cannot be submitted via the PSE WebAccess portal.

Instructor I, II, and III:
1. NFPA 1041, Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications, 2012 Edition
2. IFSTA, Fire and Emergency Services Instructor, 8th Edition
3. Jones and Bartlett, Fire Service Instructor, Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition

Firefighters who possess a State Professional Educator License are deemed equivalent to the Fire Service Instructor I and II course and state written examination. A firefighter must submit in writing a request for equivalency and attach a copy of the State Professional Educator License. If all prerequisites are met, the firefighter will qualify for certification.

Fire Inspector I and II:
1. NFPA 1031, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner, 2009 Edition
2. IFSTA, Fire Inspection and Code Enforcement, 7th Edition
3. Jones and Bartlett, Fire Inspector, Principles and Practice, 1st Edition

The certification requirement for course completion of Fire Prevention Principles has been eliminated for Fire Inspector I. For Fire Inspector II, an individual must be certified either Fire Inspector I or Fire Prevention Officer. Three years inspectional activity in fire prevention is also required.

 

 

Hazardous Materials Incident Command:
1. NFPA 472, Standard for Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents, 2013 Edition
2. Jones and Bartlett Learning, Hazardous Materials: Managing the Incident, 4th Edition

Rules were updated to list a minimum of 16 hours for course completion.

Basic Fire Prevention Officer:
To receive certification for Basic Fire Prevention Officer, an individual must be certified Fire Inspector I and Public Fire and Life Safety Educator I. A minimum of 2 years fire prevention activities is also required. 

Advanced Fire Prevention Officer:
To receive certification for Advanced Fire Prevention Officer, an individual must be certified as a Basic Fire Prevention Officer/Fire Prevention Officer and Fire Inspector II. A minimum of 4 years of fire prevention experience is required. Course completion of an approved Plans Examiner course is also required. Proof of this course shall be kept in the individual’s training file.

 

Certifications Currently Under Review

Following are certification levels that are currently being reviewed, or on the agenda to be reviewed, by a SCAC. These certification levels have not yet been updated to a current NFPA Standard.

  • Fire Service Executive Support
  • Fire Department Incident Safety Officer-The certification requirement for course completion of Tactics and Strategy II has been eliminated.
  • Fire Department Health and Safety Officer
  • Training Program Manager
  • Rescue Specialist – Confined Space
  • Structural Collapse Operations
  • Structural Collapse Technician
  • Vehicle and Machinery Operations
  • Vehicle and Machinery Technician
  • Water Operations
  • Watercraft Technician