Professional Certification

The purpose and goal of the California State Fire Training (SFT) certification program is to; set minimum performance standards, identify the tasks needed to obtain certification, provide the means for maintaining a record of training accomplishments, and correlate OSFM certification standards with state & national certification program standards.

CFSTES Certifications

Below is a list of current SFT Certifications:

Chief Fire Officer
Community Risk Educator
Community Risk Officer
Community Risk Specialist
Company Officer
Emergency Vehicle Technician 1
Emergency Vehicle Technician 2
Emergency Vehicle Technician 3
Executive Chief Fire Officer
Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Aerial Apparatus
Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Pump Apparatus
Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Tillered Apparatus
Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Water Tender Apparatus
Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Wildland Apparatus
Fire Fighter 1 (2013)- retiring 12/31/2021
Fire Fighter 1 (2019)
Fire Fighter 2 (2013) & Fire Fighter 2 (2013) Tenured Path- retiring 12/31/2021
Fire Fighter 2 (2019)
Fire Chief
Fire Inspector 1
Fire Inspector 2
Fire Investigator
Fire Marshal
Fire Mechanic 1 - retiring 12/31/2021 (certification checklist) (certification fee schedule)
Fire Mechanic 2 - retiring 12/31/2021 (certification checklist) (certification fee schedule)
Fire Mechanic 3 - retiring 12/31/2021 (certification checklist) (certification fee schedule)
Hazardous Materials Technician (certification checklist) (certification fee schedule)
Hazardous Materials Specialist (certification checklist) (certification fee schedule)
Instructor 1
Instructor 2
Instructor 3
Plan Examiner
State-Certified Prescribed-Fire Burn Boss

Application Process

How to Apply:

Verify that you have met the requirements listed on the application form or in the SFT Procedures Manual.

  1. Download, print, and complete:
    1. Certification Application for the job function certification being pursued
    2. Certification Task Book (if applicable)
  2. Complete. A complete application package includes:
    1. Completed Certification Application form
    2. All supporting and verification documentation
    3. Nonrefundable payment by check or money order (payable to CAL FIRE - State Fire Training)
    4. Completed Certification Task Book (if applicable)
  3. Submit.

    By Mail:
    State Fire Training 
    Attn: enter the name of the certification 
    2251 Harvard Street, Suite 400 
    Sacramento, CA 95815

    In-Person:
    Drop Off Only - No Same Day Processing Available
    State Fire Training 
    2251 Harvard Street, Suite 400 
    Sacramento, CA 95815

     

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

Other Information

Open Certification Task Books
Prior to January 1, 2020, SFT issued Certification Task Books for all CFSTES tracks except for Fire Fighter 1 and Fire Fighter 2. To streamline the Certification Task Book issuance process, SFT will now allow agencies to initiate Certification Task Books. This will bring SFT into alignment with the California Incident Command Certification System (CICCS) and the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) task book issuance practices.

Certification Task Books will only be valid for five (5) years from the date of issuance. SFT updates Certification Task Books periodically based on changes to the NFPA Standards. SFT will release Certification Task Book Updates, as needed if Job Performance Requirements (JPRs) are modified or added. It is the candidate’s and Fire Chief’s, or his or her Authorized Designee/s, responsibility to verify if Certification Task Book Updates are required before submitting to SFT for certification along with the certification fee and application. Expired Certification Task Books (older than 5 years for issuance) will need to be re-initiated using the latest Certification Task Book.

The Open Certification Task Book Informational Bulletin (PDF) and the Interim Procedures (PDF) have further details on this SFT process change.

Update the Authorized Fire Chief Database 
To successfully receive a California OSFM certification, or to register as an Instructor or lead/skills evaluator position, the Fire Chief or authorized signatory signing the certification task book or experience letter must be listed in the SFT Authorized Chief database before the certification task book or experience letter can be submitted. To update your Chief or to add an authorized signatory, please review the SFT Procedures Manual, Section 4.2: Updating an Authorized Signatory, or use this Fire Chief/Authorized Signatory Sample Letter (Docx).

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.

Archived Certification Tracks
Some Certification Tracks may contain outdated/broken hyperlinks for certain levels of certification as a result of obsolescence.