Firefighter Web Access Portal
All Illinois firefighters who are currently employed by an Illinois fire department have the capability to register and view their records. In addition to the DPSE WebAccess portal was the development of the Public Event Calendar. This calendar lists all public course availability and regional examinations as well as training information for their respective fire departments.
State Certification Advisory Committees
The DPSE has adopted a new State Certification Advisory Committee (SCAC) and guidelines to ensure that certifications are revised and updated to a current NFPA Standard. A majority of the certification programs have been submitted to the Fire Advisory Commission and State Fire Marshal for approval. Once approval is documented, the certification program update/revision changes must be submitted to revise the Administrative Rules governing the certifications. The Administrative Rule changes can be a prolonged process. Our goal is to notify the Fire Service of the upcoming changes by utilizing the FD Mail and website.
The purpose of the SCAC is to review and recommend published reference books and instructor outlines. With this change, an Instructor Reference Manual will no longer be developed for distribution. In addition to this change, the DPSE will no longer accept, review or approve end of course examinations as equivalent for the state written examination.
More SCAC Committee details are here
New Firefighter Certification Rules
Many months ago the Division of Personnel Standards and Education (DPSE), with the assistance of the State Certification Advisory Committee (SCAC), embarked on an effort to update the administrative rules that govern the firefighter certification program in the State of Illinois. These new rules were recently adopted by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) and took effect in August, 2017.
The new rules are meant to more closely align Illinois certification regulations with their respective National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards and Job Performance Requirements. These changes include updated NFPA Standard editions, examinations, certifications and requirements.
The updated rules can be found here