Overview

The Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) is accredited by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (commonly known as “The Pro Board”) to certify individuals who have met the requirements of the professional qualification standards established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

National certification serves as validation that an individual's training, knowledge and skills meet nationally recognized standards and, by doing so, improve both the application of standardized qualification levels and the recognition and acceptance of training across jurisdictional boundaries.

Individuals may access the Pro Board's Certification Registry to verify their national certifications via the Certification Search link on the Pro Board's web page here: www.theproboard.org. Note that OFPC submits certifications for entry by the Pro Board into the registry quarterly (i.e., on or about January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1) so a delay between issuing a certification and its listing on the national registry may occur.

Benefits of Pro Board Certification

Watch the following video on the benefits of seeking Pro Board Certification.

 

Certification Registry

Individuals may access the Pro Board's Certification Registry to verify their national certifications via the Certification Search link on the Pro Board's web page here: www.theproboard.org.

Note that OFPC submits certifications for entry by the Pro Board into the registry quarterly (i.e., on or about January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1) so a delay between issuing a certification and its listing on the national registry may occur.

Examinations

OFPC is currently accredited to offer national certification examinations in the following areas:

Qualification Standard / Level(s)

NFPA 1001
Firefighter I(Download Practical Skills Test)
Firefighter II* (Download Practical Skills Test)

NFPA 1003
Airport Firefighter

NFPA 1021
Fire Officer I (Download Practical Skills Test)
Fire Officer II (Download Practical Skills Test)
Fire Officer III (Download Practical Skills Test)

NFPA 1031
Fire Inspector I

NFPA 1033
Fire Investigator

NFPA 1035
Fire and Life Safety Educator I

NFPA 1041
Fire Instructor I
Fire Instructor II

NFPA 472
Hazardous Materials Operations (Download Practical Skills Test)
Hazardous Materials Technician

* Verification of completion of live fire skills is a pre-requisite for the Firefighter I and Firefighter II national certification exams. Please download and complete the Live Fire Suppression Verification forms below for Firefighter I and Firefighter II.

Live Fire Suppression Verification Forms

Pre-requisite Requirements

Note: Equivalent training, as determined by OFPC, may be deemed acceptable to meet the NYS course requirements listed.

National Certification Examination Application

Applications MUST be postmarked or received by the Standards Unit no later than 30 days prior to the scheduled exam date.

Applicants will receive an admission letter to the exam via U.S. Mail no less than five (5) business days prior to the exam date. If your exam is less than five (5) business days away and you have not received communication regarding the exam please call and speak with a member of the Standards Unit at 518-474-6746.

Training Authorization

A Training Authorization Letter is required for those examinations requiring SCBA use if the student is under 18 years of age. This letter should be submitted with the application.

Contact

Agencies seeking to host a national certification examination should submit a request through their County Fire Coordinator's Office by contacting the Standards Unit at the phone number or email provided below. 

Exams must be scheduled through the Standards Unit a minimum of 90 days prior to the proposed date of the examination.

Contact OFPC Standards Unit

For questions or concerns, contact the OFPC Standards Unit of the Fire Operations and Training Branch using the phone or email below.

Contact us by phone:

Phone  518-474-6746

Contact us by email: