Fire Fighter 1 (2019)

A California Fire Fighter 1 certification contains three levels of Professional Qualifications set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The three levels are:

  • NFPA 1001: Fire Fighter 1
  • NFPA 1051: Wildland Fire Fighter 1
  • NFPA 1072: Hazardous Material Awareness and Operations

These qualifications are documented in the Fire Fighter 1 Certification Training Standards (CTS). State Fire Training coordinated the development of the CTS guide, certification and associated curriculum. The Statewide Training and Education Advisory Committee (STEAC) and the State Board of Fire Services (SBFS) recommended these standards and qualifications for adoption by the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM).

Certification Information

Fire Fighter 1 is the first certification in the California Fire Fighter professional certification series. The requirements for this certification can be found in the SFT Procedures Manual. The Fire Fighter 1 Implementation Plan (PDF) was developed to provide detailed information regarding how and when the transition to this new certification will go into effect.

The Fire Fighter 1 (2019) Certification Application Process is for applicants who completed the Fire Fighter 1 (2019) academic training and certification exams (cognitive exams delivered through SFT User Portal). Applicants who completed the Fire Fighter 1 (2013) academic training and certification exams (cognitive exams delivered through QuestionMark or Exam Pay) shall utilize the Fire Fighter 1 (2013) Certification process.

Upgrade Applicants who have a California Office of the State Fire Marshal Fire Fighter 1 Certification and are seeking IFSAC/Pro Board certification shall apply using the Fire Fighter 1 (2019) Upgrade Application (see information below).

Reciprocity Applicants who have a Fire Fighter 1 accredited certification from IFSAC and/or Pro Board and are seeking California Fire Fighter 1 reciprocity, shall apply using the Fire Fighter 1 (2019) Reciprocity Application (see information below).

To apply for this certification, please review the certification requirements and application process listed below. For a copy of these instructions download the Certification Instructions Hand Out (PDF)

Certification Requirements

Education

  • Fire Fighter 1A: Structure
    • FEMA independent study courses IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, and IS-800 (required corequisites)
  • Fire Fighter 1B: Hazardous Materials
  • Fire Fighter 1C: Wildland
  • Confined Space Rescue Awareness (SFT or IAFF)

Certification Exams

  • Cognitive & Psychomotor Exams
    • NFPA 1001: Fire Fighter 1 (SFT Fire Fighter 1A: Structure)
    • NFPA 1072: Awareness and Core Operations level: with Product Control and Personal Protective Equipment mission specific competencies (SFT Fire Fighter 1B: Hazardous Materials)
    • NFPA 1051: Wildland Fire Fighter 1 (SFT Fire Fighter 1C: Wildland)

Application Process

  1. Once all certification exams have been completed State Fire Training conducts an eligibility review.
  2. If the applicant meets the eligibility requirements, SFT issues the digital certification(s) through the applicant’s SFT User Portal.

The Fire Fighter 1 (2019) Reciprocity Application is for applicants who have a Fire Fighter 1 and Hazardous Material Awareness and Operations accredited certification from IFSAC and/or Pro Board and are seeking California Fire Fighter 1 reciprocity. Certificates not bearing the appropriate seals shall not be considered. To fulfill requirements for California Fire Fighter 1 reciprocity in California, you shall be certified in all three levels. Reciprocity applicants who do not have all three levels, shall obtain training and certification testing for the levels that they do not have.

SFT only issues combined IFSAC and Pro Board Certifications. SFT will not issue a standalone IFSAC or Pro Board certification to an applicant who has already been issued an IFSAC or Pro Board certification for that level.

Fire Fighter 1 (2019) Reciprocity Application (PDF)

The Fire Fighter 1 (2019) Upgrade Application is designed for applicants who have a California Office of the State Fire Marshal Fire Fighter 1 and are seeking accredited certification from IFSAC and Pro Board. After the applicant meets the certification requirements, SFT will issue a Fire Fighter 1, Wildland Fire Fighter 1, and Hazardous Material Awareness and Operations accredited certifications.

Visit the Fire Fighter 1 (2019) Upgrade Application (PDF) for more information.

Curriculum & Testing Delivery Information

Misc. Documents

The Fire Fighter 1A and 2A Recommended Teaching Order can be used by agencies who elect to combine the Fire Fighter 1A and 2A Course Plans during the fire academy. Fire Fighter 2A is not required to be taught with the Fire Fighter 1A curriculum.