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Individual renewals

October 31, 2017 renewals - instructions for individual certificate holders

NOTE: If you are currently employed by a commission regulated entity (such as a fire department or fire marshal's office) your department is responsible for your renewal.

If you are an individual certificate holder, please check your personal iFIDO account to review your current certification status. The annual renewal period runs from September 1 through October 31, 2017. (After October 31, late fees will apply.)

If your certificate expired on Oct. 31, 2017:

  1. Login to iFIDO.
  2. Follow the instructions to pay your renewal fee (and any applicable late fees) and renew your certificate online.
  3. Document at least 20 hours of continuing education (CE). Keep your CE documentation!
    NOTE: Do NOT send us your CE documentation unless we request it. (Your CE is subject to an audit request for up to three years following renewal. ( Chapter 441 of the Standards Manual has more information on CE requirements.)

If your certificate expired on Oct. 31, 2016 your final deadline to renew is Oct. 31, 2017. (If you do not renew by Oct. 31, 2017, you will have to retake the certification exam and reapply for your certification.)


Continue reading below to review frequently asked questions about the individual renewal process.


Individual renewals - frequently asked questions

"Paid" or "individual?"

When to renew

Fees

Continuing education (CE)

Expired certificates

Renewal cards


"Paid" or "individual?"

  • What happens if I get a job at a fire department after I have already renewed my certificate?

    When you get a job with a regulated department, the department will notify us. We will let them know what they need to do to keep your certification current.

When to renew

  • How will I know when it is time to renew?

    All certificates expire on October 31 each year. We will send you an e-mail reminder 60 days before the renewal deadline. It is important that we have your current mailing address. It is your responsibility to keep your contact information current. You can update your personal contact information on iFIDO.

Fees

  • How much is the renewal fee?
    NOTE: Updated May 23, 2016 for the 2016 renewal period.

    If your certification is current, the annual renewal fee is $75.

    We charge a $37.50 late payment fee (for a total of $112.50) for renewals received between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30.

    We charge an $75 late payment fee (for a total of $150) for renewals received more than 30 days but less than one year after the expiration date.

    If your certificate has been expired for more than a year, you are not eligible to renew. You will have to re-test. Please contact the testing section at (512) 936-3811 for information about retesting.

Continuing education (CE)

  • CE audits

    As of September 1, 2013, individual certificate holders are not required to submit CE documentation when they renew. However, CE will be subject to an audit request for up to three years following renewal. Keep your documentation. ( Chapter 441 of the Standards Manual has more information on CE requirements.)

  • How many hours of continuing education do I have to complete?

    You must complete a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education to renew your certificates. Additionally:

    • If you have a Wildland certificate, you must complete four hours of wildland-specific CE. The four hours can be counted toward your minimum 20-hour requirement.
    • If you have a Hazmat Technician certificate, you must complete an additional eight hours, for a total of 28 hours.

  • What kind of continuing education do I have to complete?

    There are two types of continuing education. Individual certificate holders can document either "Level 1," "Level 2" or a combination of the two.

    • "Level 1" is training that repeats course material from the basic curriculum in which you hold your certification. The commission only allow four hours of "Level 1" training in any one subject, so you would have to document a minimum of five subjects. (Fire departments that provide this kind of training can issue you a Form TCFP-010, Continuing Education Documentation Form or a "certificate of completion" to help you document your hours.) Copies of "certificates of completion" from websites or certified training facilities are also acceptable. The "certificate of completion" must have the name and signature of the commission-certified instructor who taught the class. Keep your documentation! You will NOT submit your documentation when you renew, but the commission may ask you to provide the documentation at any time.

      Please refer to the appropriate chapter of the Certification Curriculum Manual to find the list of Level 1 subjects for the certification(s) you hold.

    • "Level 2" is training to develop new skills. Examples of "Level 2" training are National Fire Academy (NFA) courses, fire service-related seminars, or college courses in fire science. Keep copies of any "certificates of completion" you receive from these courses to document your "Level 2" training. (Copies of official college transcripts are acceptable documentation of college courses in fire science.)

  • Where and how can I get continuing education as an individual certificate holder?

    Please refer to our Continuing education - sources page.

Expired certificates

  • What happens if I let my certificate expire?

    If your certificate has been expired for less than one year, you can renew it by logging into FIDO and paying any applicable fees. Remember to keep your CE documentation, as it may be subject to a commission audit.

  • How long do I have until I cannot renew my certification?

    If your certificate remains expired for one year or longer, you will have to re-test before you can re-apply for certification. Please contact the commission's testing section at (512) 936-3811 for more information on retesting.

    If you were "called up" or "activated to military service" during the renewal period, you can renew your certificate even if it has been expired for more than one year. We will require you to submit a copy of your activation orders along with one renewal fee. Please contact the certification section at (512) 936-3828 for assistance.

Renewal cards

  • How do I get my renewal (certification) card?

    You must have a TCFP FIDO account to get your renewal (certification) card. To get a FIDO account, you must:

    • Register with TCFP and get a Personal Identification Number (PIN). If you hold a certification from TCFP, you have a PIN. If you have not registered for a FIDO account, you may do so via the FIDO login page.
    • Have a valid e-mail address.
    • Have a password assigned to your PIN.
    • Please contact your department's FIDO administrator, or use FIDO's PIN reset page, to obtain your PIN.

    Once you have logged into FIDO, you will be able to print your renewal (certification) card. The certification card option is on the "Individuals" menu.

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.