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Fire Service Certification

Fire Service Certifications

The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) was initially accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) in 1995, and offers certification in 16 different levels of firefighter professional qualifications. Fire service personnel may become certified by successfully passing written and practical examinations in various disciplines. Certification tests for competency are provided by the SFMO to fire organizations, professional associations, or institutions throughout the state. The SFMO was most recently reaccredited in October of 2014, and will undergo the reaccreditation process again in October of 2019.

Below is a list of all certifications offered through the SFMO. Candidates must score 70% on the written examination. Practical skills are graded on a pass/fail basis. For information regarding the certification process, reciprocity, or equivalency, please contact ifsacquestions@wsp.wa.gov or call (360) 596-3945.

  • Hazardous Materials Awareness

    Prerequisites
    • None

    Corequisites
    • None

    Recommended Training
    • NFPA 472

    Recommended Reading
    • IFSTA Hazardous Materials for First Responders, 4th Edition
    • DOT North American Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG), 2016 Edition

    Other Requirements
    • Must be 18 years of age

  • Hazardous Materials Operations

    Prerequisites
    • Hazardous Materials Awareness

    Corequisites
    • None

    Recommended Training
    • NFPA 472

    Recommended Reading
    • IFSTA Hazardous Materials for First Responders, 4th Edition
    • DOT North American Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG), 2016 Edition

    Skills Sheets
    Skill Sheet HM OP

    Other Requirements
    • Must be 18 years of age

  • Hazardous Materials Technician

    Prerequisites
    • Hazardous Materials Awareness
    • Hazardous Materials Operations

    Corequisites
    • None

    Recommended Training
    • NFPA 472

    Recommended Reading
    • IFTSA Hazardous Materials Technician, 2nd Edition

    Skills Sheets
    Skill Sheet HM Tech

    Other Requirements
    • Must be 18 years of age

  • Firefighter I

    Prerequisites
    • None

    Corequisites
    • Hazardous Materials Awareness
    • Hazardous Materials Operations

    Recommended Training
    • NFPA 1001

    Recommended Reading
    • IFSTA Essentials of Firefighting, 6th Edition

    Skills Sheets
    Skill Sheet FF1

    Other Requirements
    • Must be 18 years of age

  • Firefighter II

    Prerequisites
    • Hazardous Materials Awareness
    • Hazardous Materials Operations
    • Firefighter I

    Corequisites
    • None

    Recommended Training
    • NFPA 1001

    Recommended Reading
    • IFSTA Essentials of Firefighting, 6th Edition

    Skills Sheets
    Skill Sheet FF2

    Other Requirements
    • Must be 18 years of age

  • Fire Officer I

    Prerequisites
    • Hazardous Materials Awareness
    • Hazardous Materials Operations
    • Firefighter I
    • Firefighter II

    Corequisites
    • Instructor I

    Recommended Training
    • NFPA 1021

    Recommended Reading
    • IFSTA Fire and Emergency Services Company Officer, 5th Edition

    Skills Sheets
    Skill Sheet FO1

    Other Requirements
    • Must be 18 years of age

  • Fire Officer II

    Prerequisites
    • Hazardous Materials Awareness
    • Hazardous Materials Operations
    • Firefighter I
    • Firefighter II
    • Fire Officer I

    Corequisites
    • None

    Recommended Training
    • NFPA 1021

    Recommended Reading
    • IFSTA Fire and Emergency Services Company Officer, 5th Edition

    Skills Sheets
    Skill Sheet FO2

    Other Requirements
    • Must be 18 years of age

  • Instructor I

    Prerequisites
    • None

    Corequisites
    • None

    Recommended Training
    • NFPA 1041

    Recommended Reading
    • IFSTA Fire and Emergency Service Instructor, 8th Edition

    Skills Sheets
    Skill Sheet FI1

    Other Requirements
    • Must be 18 years of age

  • Instructor II

    Prerequisites
    • Instructor I

    Corequisites
    • None

    Recommended Training
    • NFPA 1041

    Recommended Reading
    • IFSTA Fire and Emergency Service Instructor, 8th Edition

    Skills Sheets
    Skill Sheet FI2

    Other Requirements
    • Must be 18 years of age

  • Fire Inspector I

    Prerequisites
    • Hazardous Materials Awareness

    Corequisites
    • None

    Recommended Training
    • NFPA 1031

    Recommended Reading
    • IFSTA Fire Inspection and Code Enforcement, 7th Edition

    Skills Sheets
    Skill Sheet Fire Inspector 1

    Other Requirements
    • Must be 18 years of age

  • Fire Investigator

    Prerequisites
    • Currently active as a fire investigator or have investigation duties assigned
    • Proof of fire investigation training meeting NFPA 1033 and NFPA 921
    • Proof of background check conducted by a local law enforcement jurisdiction or currently be criminal justice commissioned; and
    • Recommendation of the agency having jurisdiction or employing company
    • Hazardous Materials Awareness training to NFPA 472

    Corequisites
    • None

    Recommended Training
    • NFPA 1033
    • NFPA 921
    • Hazardous Materials Awareness Training

    Recommended Reading
    • IFSTA Fire Investigator, 2nd Edition
    • Brady, Prentice Hall, Kirk’s Fire Investigation, 6th Edition
    • Jones and Bartlett, Brannigan’s Building Construction for the Fire Service, 4th Edition

    Skills Sheets
    Skill Sheet Fire Investigator

    Other Requirements
    • Must be 18 years of age
    • Current IAAI or NAFI Washington State Fire Investigator IFSAC certification
    • Documentation of meeting current NFPA standards
    • Active as a fire investigator; and
    • Documentation of 80-hours continuing education in current applicable NFPA standards within the last 5 years, which includes current NFPA 921
    • Recommendation of the agency having jurisdiction or employing company
    • Current background check or copy of commission card

  • Public Fire and Life Safety Educator I

    Prerequisites
    • None

    Corequisites
    • None

    Recommended Training
    • NFPA 1035

    Skills Sheets
    • Public Fire & Life Safety Educator

    Recommended Reading
    • IFSTA Public Fire and Life Safety Educator, 3rd Edition

    Other Requirements
    • Must be 18 years of age

  • Airport Firefighter

    Prerequisites
    • Hazardous Materials Awareness
    • Hazardous Materials Operations
    • Firefighter I
    • Firefighter II

    Corequisites
    • None

    Recommended Training
    • NFPA 1003

    Recommended Reading
    • IFSTA Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, 6th Edition

    Skills Sheets
    Skill Sheet ARFF

    Other Requirements
    • Must be 18 years of age

  • Driver Operator/Pumper

    Prerequisites
    • Hazardous Materials Awareness
    • Hazardous Materials Operations
    • Evidence of having completed of the following courses: EVIP (Emergency Vehicle Incident Prevention), IAPD (International Academy of Professional Driving), VFIS (Volunteer Fireman’s Insurance Services)

    Corequisites
    • None

    Recommended Training
    • NFPA 1002

    Recommended Reading
    • IFSTA Pumping and Aerial Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbook, 3rd Edition

    Skills Sheets
    Skill Sheet Driver/Op

    Other Requirements
    • Must be 18 years of age

  • Forms

  • Fire Service Certifications & Skill Sheets

Test Administration Program

The certification program relies on the voluntary participation of fire service professionals to serve as test evaluators, senior evaluators, and test control officers. All test administration personnel must be certified as a Fire Instructor 1 (NFPA 1041) and certified in the level of the test they are conducting. The SFMO routinely conducts training around the state for both the entry-level Evaluator and the Sr. Evaluator/Test Control Officer. Individuals interested in participating in the process should contact our office at ifsacquestions@wsp.wa.gov.