Fire Chief

Fire Chief Certification utilizes a performance assessment process built on the candidate’s education and experiential exposure. State Fire Training awards Fire Chief Certification only after determining the existence of specific competencies in management, leadership, and technical knowledge.

Certification Information

A Fire Chief performs a variety of technical, administrative, and supervisory work in planning, organizing, directing, and implementing fire prevention, suppression, and emergency medical services to prevent or minimize the loss of life and property by fire and emergency medical conditions. Fire Chief is the only certification in the California Fire Chief professional certification series. The requirements for this certification can be found in the SFT Procedures Manual. To apply for this certification, please review and complete the documentation below.

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Committee Process Application Fee Schedule

Certification via CPSE Information

The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) and the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) both administer professional recognition for Fire Chiefs. OSFM confers Fire Chief Certification and CPSE confers Chief Fire Officer Designation. Both agencies use very similar processes to evaluate and confer recognition. In 2011 both agencies agreed to enter into a memorandum of understanding to initiate reciprocity between the two programs. Listed below are the requirements and application information to apply for reciprocity.

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Committee Process Application Fee Schedule