Continuing education (CE) requirements for commission-certified personnel
(other than Head of Department)
The following information is provided as a quick reference for continuing education (CE) requirements. For more specific information, please see Chapter 441 of the commission's Standards Manual.
- TCFP certificate holders who are employed must earn a minimum of 18 hours of CE per year.
- For personnel employed by a fire department, the head of the department may select the subject matter to satisfy these hours.
- Two additional hours of CE above the 18 hours are required annually for each discipline to which a person is appointed.
- Individual certificate holders can earn CE in subject areas applicable to any of the certifications they hold. (However, see specific requirements for Hazardous Materials Technician and Wildland Fire Protection below.)
- Anyone holding a Wildland Fire Protection certification must earn four hours of wildland fire protection CE each year. These four hours can be used to help satisfy the 18-hour requirement.
- Anyone holding a Hazardous Materials Technician certification must obtain eight hours of technician-level CE each year in addition to the requirements above.
- CE can be completed in Level 1 or Level 2 subject areas. (Level 1 training repeats basic-level skills. Level 2 training is intended to develop NEW skills. Please see 441.3.)
- If commission rules require an employee to hold a particular certification in order to perform specific duties, two hours of CE in that discipline are required if the employee is appointed to the duties in FIDO. If an employee holds a certification but is not appointed to the duties, then the discipline-specific CE is not required. (The employee can, however, earn CE for the discipline and use it to satisfy the 18-hour minimum requirement.)
- The fact that a person holds a certification but is not appointed to those duties does not impact or jeopardize their certification in any way.
- TCFP certifications that do not require any additional CE to renew include:
- Fire Officer I-IV
- Hazmat Incident Commander
- Incident Safety Officer
CE completed in any of these subjects can be used to satisfy the 18-hour requirement above.
Examples of calculating required CE hours:
- An employee holds a Structure Fire Fighter certification and a Hazmat Technician certification, and is appointed (in FIDO) to fire suppression duties:
Hours Subjects 18 Any (selected by head of department) 2 Fire Suppression 8 Hazmat (technician level) Total: 28
- An employee holds a Structure Fire Fighter certification and a Fire Inspector certification, but is appointed (in FIDO) only to fire suppression duties:
Hours Subjects 18 Any (selected by head of department) 2 Fire Suppression Total: 20
NOTE: Two hours of CE for fire inspector is not required if the employee is not appointed to those duties. If appointed to inspector duties, add two hours of inspector CE to total.
- An employee holds a Structure Fire Fighter certification, a Fire Inspector certification, a Wildland Fire Protection certification, and a Hazmat Technician certification. The employee person is appointed (in FIDO) to fire suppression and inspector duties:
Hours Subjects 18 Any (selected by head of department) 2 Fire Suppression 2 Fire Inspection 8 Hazmat (technician level) Total: 30
- An employee holds Arson Investigator, Fire Inspector and Incident Safety Officer certifications, and the employee is appointed (in FIDO) to investigator and inspector duties:
Hours Subjects 18 Any (selected by head of department) 2 Investigator 2 Inspector Total: 22
NOTE: There is no specific CE requirement for Incident Safety Officer. However, training completed in this subject area can be used to satisfy the 18-hour requirement.
For more information, please contact the certification section at (512) 936-3829.
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.