Instructor Registration

To register as a California State Fire Training (SFT) Instructor means you wish to teach the SFT curriculum. Instructor Registration is separate from and does not lead to professional certification. To submit your application for Instructor Registration, follow the application process described below.

Application Process

How to Apply

  1. Review the Instructor Registration requirements listed in the SFT Procedures Manual (PDF).
    Important: Do not apply for registration until you have met all requirements.
  2. Download and complete the Instructor Application form & provide all supporting documents:
    • Fill in the application form completely, and check off all of the classes that you are applying for.
    • Include a current resume, copies of your applicable SFT course certificates, task books (when applicable), and your experience letter from the Fire Chief qualifying your experience.
  3. Submit completed application packet & supporting documents either by mail or in-person. If you are submitting in person, you may drop off your application packet anytime during normal business hours.

Instructor Reciprocity (PACE 2)

SFT provides an alternative method through the Peer Assessment for Instructor Equivalency (PACE II) process to qualify fire service personnel to teach specific courses when the applicant has not completed the course through SFT they wish to teach. To pursue Instructor Reciprocity, the applicant shall submit the following items to SFT:

  1. A completed Instructor Reciprocity Application form.
  2. A non-refundable Instructor Reciprocity fee per course requested
  3. A justification letter that includes: a request for Instructor Reciprocity review, a list of courses for which the applicant seeks equivalency, and a complete justification for the request.
  4. Copies of all relevant course records, certificates, resumes, and any other required documents

Instructor Task Books

Instructor Registration Changes Information Bulletin

State Fire Training proposed new instructor requirements and terminology that was approved by both Statewide Training and Education Advisory Committee (STEAC) in July 2017 and the State Board of Fire Services (SBFS) in August 2017. The Instructor Registration bulletin aims to address and clarify instructor registration requirements from now through January 1, 2019 as a result of the upcoming changes. If you are still unsure about the requirements necessary to become an instructor or have questions regarding what is changing then consider reviewing this informational bulletin.

Update the Authorized Fire Chief Database

To successfully receive a California OSFM certification, apply for registered instructor or lead/skills evaluator, 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 simply use this Fire Chief/Authorized Signatory Sample Letter (Docx).