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Certification and professional development

The commission's certification and professional development section:

The certification and professional development section's main phone number is (512) 936-3829.

State law requires regulated fire protection personnel in certain disciplines to be certified by the commission. Qualified volunteer fire fighters and individuals who are not currently employed by a fire department can also earn commission certificates.

Regulated fire protection personnel certification

State law requires regulated fire protection personnel assigned to the following disciplines to be certified by the commission:

  • Structure fire suppression
  • Aircraft rescue fire protection
  • Marine fire protection
  • Fire inspection
  • Fire and arson investigation
  • Fire protection instructor
  • Head of a fire department

Please refer to the certification requirements page for details.

Optional and higher-level certifications

The commission offers optional certificates in the following disciplines:

  • Fire Officer
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Driver/Operator-Pumper
  • Fire Department Safety Officer
  • Wildland Fire Protection

(Fire departments may adopt local policies requiring personnel to hold one or more of these optional certifications, but they are not required by state law.)

The commission encourages certified fire protection personnel to continue to develop their skills throughout their careers by offering higher-level certificates. Higher level certifications typically require a combination of education and time in service. Please refer to the certification requirements page for details.

IFSAC seals

When an individual demonstrates proficiency in a particular fire protection discipline, he or she may be eligible for an IFSAC "seal." To demonstrate proficiency, the individual must:

  • Pass a certification exam.
  • Meet any other requirements for the seal.

Training facility certification

Training providers offering courses that lead to state certification must be certified by the commission. The commission certifies both on-site and distance-learning training providers.

Annual renewals

Commission certificates must be renewed annually. To renew a commission certificate, certificate holders must complete continuing education and pay a renewal fee.

Volunteer fire fighters and individual certificate holders

The commission offers certificates to volunteer fire fighters and individuals who are not currently with a department (for example, recent academy graduates who are looking for a fire protection job). The requirements for these individuals are the same as those for paid personnel.

Volunteer fire fighters who have achieved advanced certification with the State Firefighters' and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas (SFFMA) may qualify for state certification by completing the commission's designated skill evaluation and certification examination processes.

Certification and professional development

Certification and professional development

A brief introduction to the commission's certification and professional development program.

Certification requirements

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.

Certification verification

A form to verify a certified individual's certification status.

Basic fire suppression

Overview of the requirements to become certified as an entry-level fire fighter in the State of Texas.

CE - required hours

How to determine how many hours of continuing education are required to renew.

Individual renewals

Information and FAQs for individual certificate holders. (Individual certificate holders are those who are not affiliated with a regulated department.)

Transferring to Texas

Guidelines for transferring out-of-state or military fire protection certifications to Texas.

A-list and B-list courses

A-list and B-list courses for higher levels of certification.

CE sources

Sources of continuing education.

Courage to Be Safe resources

Resources and links to more information about the Courage to Be Safe program.

Traffic safety course resources

Resources and links to more information about the required traffic safety program.