The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is the CAL FIRE program that protects life and property through the development and application of fire prevention, engineering, training and education, and enforcement. State Fire Training (SFT) is the OSFM division that establishes, develops, and delivers standardized training and education for the California fire service.
The OSFM accredits academic institutions and fire agencies to deliver fire training and education. Although the OSFM's State Fire Training division does not own the facilities or operate the actual delivery of courses of instruction, it does recognize and accredit delivery systems while providing overall coordination and continuity. Additionally, OSFM has the authority to create a set of criteria to recognize accredited institutions and agencies that desire their student population to be recognized as candidates.
There are two types of Accredited Academies; Accredited Regional Training Programs (ARTP) and Accredited Local Academies (ALA). An Accredited Regional Training Program (ARTP) is defined as a partnership between an accredited community college or university and the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) to deliver approved State Fire Training (SFT) curriculum within a given region. An Accredited Local Academy (ALA) is defined as a partnership between a fire agency serving a specific authority having jurisdiction and the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) to deliver approved State Fire Training (SFT) curriculum within a given region.
An Accredited Academy may also serve as a testing site for certification examinations. Any Accredited Academy may offer certification testing for available certification levels (ex. Fire Fighter 1, Fire Fighter 2, etc.). Enrollment and registration are facilitated by each site independently, therefore, contact your preferred site for more details.
A quick overview of the SFT Certification Examination process is available via this Certification Examination Overview handout (PDF).
Accreditation Information for Accredited Administrators
For a detailed summary of the accreditation and re-accreditation process for ARTP's & ALA's please refer to the SFT Procedures Manual.
A complete accreditation application package includes:
To update the ARTP Dean/College Administrator, Technology Director or Technology Coordinator Authorized Signer, please use this ARTP Authorized Signer Template (Docx).
Only Accredited Regional Training Programs (ARTP) and Accredited Local Academies (ALA) may deliver a State Fire Training (SFT) course in a distance learning format (i.e., Canvas, Microsoft Teams, Target Solutions, WebEx, Zoom) per the State Fire Training Procedures Manual, Section 3.7. Learn about distance education options and the application process by reviewing the Electronic Delivery of SFT Courses Information Bulletin (PDF).
For eligible agencies who are interested in delivering courses online or hybrid, the following forms need to be included in your accreditation/re-accreditation application package:
For more information regarding the certification examination or Lead/Skills Evaluator registration, visit the Evaluator Resources web page.
Fire Fighter 2019: For clarifying information regarding the Fire Fighter (2019) implementation specific to Accredited Academies, review the Information Bulletin (PDF).