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Professional Certification

The purpose and goal of State Fire Training's certification program is to; set minimum performance standards, identify the tasks a candidate must perform to obtain certification, provide the means for maintaining a record of training accomplishments, correlate OSFM certification standards with state & national certification program standards, and to have all fire fighters in CA become certified to an appropriate level.


APPLICATION PROCESS

Forms and Information

How to Apply:

If you have met all of the Fire Officer Certification requirements, then the process is as easy as 1-2-3.
Check the SFT Procedures Manual or click on your certification subject below for certification requirements.

  1. Print. Download & print the Certification Fee Schedule form.
  2. Complete. Check the box for the certification type you are interested in (use the same form for multiple certifications), fill out the bottom section of the form and attach all required documentation.

    *Please print clearly on your application form. This will result in a faster process with less possibility of misspelled names on the certificates.

  3. Submit.
    1. I. By Mail:
      1. Include all required application documents & completed Certification Fee Schedule.
      2. Submit Check or Money Order made out to “CAL Fire –State Fire Training ” if applicable.
      3. Mail to:  the address listed on the Certification Fee Schedule
      4. *Processing typically takes 6-12 weeks.

      II. In Person:
      1. Bring all required application documents & completed Certification Fee Schedule.
      2. Check/Money Order made out to “CAL Fire –State Fire Training” or exact cash - if applicable.

        *sorry we do not accept Credit/Debit cards

      Note: You may drop off your application packet anytime, but if you wish to receive your certificate that day, then scheduling an appointment is the safest way to ensure that your certificate will be processed. Call to schedule an appointment.

***Do not apply for any certification before you have met all requirements***


CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

CERTIFICATION TRAINING STANDARDS



Fire Chief







Fire Officer


OTHER INFORMATION

Fire/Chief Officer Certification Requirements
The certification training standards for Fire Officer and Chief Officer have been updated and recently adopted by the State Fire Marshal. The new standards will require modifications to these two certification tracks. All SFT registered instructors, Regional Accredited Training Programs, and Local Accredited Academies impacted by these changes will be notified when these modifications will be implemented. All other fire service personnel will be notified via SFT's website, so check back frequently.

Locking In...no longer exists
It is not an option to “lock in” at the current certification standards and fee rate prior to submitting your complete certification application. Therefore, if you do not complete the course work or achieve the required experience prior to changes in the Certification Training Standard (CTS) you may be required to complete additional training.

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