Continuing education - sources
If you are an individual certificate holder, you are responsible for finding your own continuing education (CE). You are not required to submit CE with your renewal payment, but your CE will be subject to an audit request at any time.* There are several places to get CE training, including:
- Commission-certified training facilities. Contact the commission-certified training facilities in your area for information about upcoming classes.
- Fire departments. You can document CE you earn in a fire department classroom by completing Form TCFP-010, Continuing Education Documentation Form. Please note that the the chief training officer or commission-certified instructor who taught the class must sign the form.
- National Fire Academy (or other nationally recognized training providers). You must maintain a certificate of completion to document this training. The certificate of completion must include the subject, date and number of hours completed.
- Fire science college programs. You must keep a copy of an official transcript to document completion of a college course in fire science.
- On-line continuing education providers. You can document this kind of training with a copy of your certificate of completion or a summary printed from the training provider's website. The standards division has the following contact information for online CE training providers:
- 24-7 Fire, (888) 240-4911, http://www.24-7fire.com, e-mail 24-7Fireinfo@hsi.com
- Action Training Systems, 1-800-755-1440, http://www.action-training.com
- CentreLearn Solutions, LLC, 1-877-435-9309, www.centrelearn.com
- Days Spring Associates, FAX 1-866-723-8211
- FETN (Fire and Emergency Training Network), 1-800-624-2272, www.fetn.com
- Fire-CE.com, LLC, http://www.fire-ce.com
- FirefighterCE | CE Solutions, Lee Henry, 1-888-447-1993, www.ems-ce.com or www.firefighterce.com
- International Association of Arson Investigators, CFITrainer.Net
- The FireEMS Academy, The FireEMS Academy
- Target Solutions, 10805 Rancho Bernardo Road, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92127, (858) 592-6880, www.targetsolutions.com
For your first year as an individual certificate holder (and your first year only), completing a basic academy in the 12 months prior to the expiration date of your first renewal period will count as CE. To document this, you must have a copy of a "certificate of completion" from your academy.
Chapter 441, § 441.5 (m) states:
An individual certificate holder, not employed by a regulated entity, shall submit documentation of continuing education training upon notification by the commission. An example of documentation of continuing education training may include, but not be limited to a Certificate of Completion, a college or training facility transcript, a fire department training roster, etc. Commission staff will review and may approve or disapprove such documentation of training in accordance with applicable commission rules and/or procedures. The training for a resident of Texas at the time the continuing education training is conducted shall be administered by a commission instructor, commission certified training facility, an accredited institution of higher education, or a military or nationally recognized provider of training. The training for a nonresident of Texas, shall be delivered by a state fire academy, a fire department training facility, an accredited institution of higher education, or a military or nationally recognized provider of training. The individual must submit training documentation to the commission for evaluation of the equivalency of the training required by this chapter. The individual certificate holder is responsible for maintaining all of his/her training records for a period of three years from the date of the training.
Certification and professional development
A brief introduction to the commission's certification and professional development program.
The commission offers 40 certifications or certification "levels" (i.e., basic, intermediate, advanced, etc.). This chart provides links to the requirements for each certification and each level.
A form to verify a certified individual's certification status.
Overview of the requirements to become certified as an entry-level fire fighter in the State of Texas.
How to determine how many hours of continuing education are required to renew.
Information and FAQs for individual certificate holders. (Individual certificate holders are those who are not affiliated with a regulated department.)
Guidelines for transferring out-of-state or military fire protection certifications to Texas.
A-list and B-list courses for higher levels of certification.
Sources of continuing education.
Resources and links to more information about the Courage to Be Safe program.
Resources and links to more information about the required traffic safety program.