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California State Fire Training (SFT) is the OSFM division that establishes, develops, and delivers standardized training and education for the California fire service. The State Fire Training web site serves as a valuable resource and a one-stop shop for all things related to the State Fire Training. Please make sure to check back on this website regularly as content is updated periodically.

Latest News and Bulletins

Open Certification Task Books

Published: November 2019

Effective January 1, 2020, SFT will transition to "open" Professional Certification Task Books. The new open Task Book process will allow a Fire Chief, or Authorized Designee, to verify Task Book prerequisite requirements and initiate a Task Book similar to CICCS practices. Once implemented, it will be the responsibility of the Fire Chief to ensure that only the Fire Chief, or Authorized Designee on file with SFT, initiates a Task Book and that all prerequisites are met. Task books are valid for five years from date of issuance. Candidates shall verify if Task Book Addendum(s) are required, prior to submitting to SFT for certification. More information on this change can be found on the Regulations & Incorporated Documents web page.

Updated: Ethical Leadership for Instructors Course

Published: November 2019

Ethical Leadership for Instructors (2018) is a curriculum update for the existing Ethical Leadership in the Classroom (2007) course. The goal of the course is to professionally develop and qualify instructors who deliver courses for SFT, as well as Skills Evaluator's administering SFT Certification Exams. SFT's Ethics course has been a cornerstone in qualifying instructors to deliver fire service training throughout California. See the Ethical Leadership for Instructors Implementation Plan (PDF) for more information. All curriculum resources can be found on the FSTEP web page.

Updated: ICS 300/ICS 400 Curriculum and Instructor Requirements

Published: November 2019

FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) released updated curriculum for ICS 300: Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents and ICS 400: Advanced Incident Command System for Complex Incidents in April 2019. Instructors will be required to complete an ICS Instructor Update Web Form to instruct the new courses. The Instructor Update can be completed through the SFT User Portal, located under the Web Forms tab. See the Implementation Plan (PDF) for more information.

ALA's Testing Non-Employees

Published: November 2019

Effective October 1, 2019, ALA's are now able to test neighboring jurisdictions while testing their own employees during a certification examination. At least 51% of the exam candidates must be employed by the ALA, and up to 49% of the exam candidates can be employees from neighboring agencies. Pre-employment candidates needing certification testing will still need to be directed to register through an ARTP. More information can be found on the Accredited Local Academy (ALA) Testing Non-employees Interim Procedure or the STEAC staff report (PDF).

State Fire Training Fee Report

Published: September 2019

The State Board of Fire Service (SBFS) and Statewide Training and Education Advisory Committee (STEAC) have approved the State Fire Training (SFT) Fee Report (PDF). SFT will now begin working on the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) rulemaking process. SFT anticipates that the new fee adjustment will go into effect on July 1, 2020. If there is a delay in the approval process, the secondary implementation date is January 1, 2021. 

Course Enrollment Reminder

Published: September 2019

All courses with less than 5 students must be approved by SFT prior to delivery. This includes courses with prior approval where class size was anticipated to be higher than 5 but actual enrollment falls short. If an upcoming course will not meet the minimum enrollment requirements, the Instructor of Record must inform SFT and obtain approval to continue with the delivery of the course. More information can be found on the Course Enrollment Reminder bulletin (PDF)

RIO and Evaluator Training Course Offerings

Published: June 2019

State Fire Training has scheduled the following Regional Instructor Orientation (RIO) and Certification Examination Evaluator Training courses for the reminder of 2019. Location and contact information can be found on the RIO & Evaluator Training Informational Bulletin (PDF)

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