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Standards Manual for Fire Protection Personnel

The Texas Commission on Fire Protection's Standards Manual for Fire Protection Personnel is a compilation of the state laws codified in Title 37, Part 13 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC).

When the commission proposes or adopts "rule changes," these are the laws that the commission is changing. (Please see below for a brief explanation of the difference between the Government Code and the Administrative Code.)

The Secretary of State oversees the publication of the TAC; the links below lead to the TAC Reader at the Secretary of State's website.

  • - Practice and Procedure
    • - General Provisions and Definitions
      • 401.1  Purpose and Scope  02/26/2015
      • 401.3  Definitions  02/26/2015
      • 401.5  Delegation of Authority  12/18/2012
      • 401.7  Construction  03/08/2001
      • 401.9  Records of Official Action  3/08/2001
      • 401.11  Conduct of Commission and Advisory Meetings  12/18/2012
      • 401.13  Computation of Time  12/18/2012
      • 401.15  Agreements To Be in Writing  03/08/2001
    • - Rulemaking Proceedings
      • 401.17 Requirements  12/18/2012
      • 401.19 Petition for Adoption of Rules  12/18/2012
    • - Examination Appeals Process
      • 401.21 Examination Challenge  02/26/2015
      • 401.23 Examination Waiver Request  02/26/2015
    • - Disciplinary Proceedings
      • 401.31 Disciplinary Proceedings in Contested Cases  02/26/2015
    • - Prehearing Proceedings
      • 401.41 Preliminary Staff Conference  02/26/2015
    • - Contested Cases
      • 401.51 Preliminary Notice and Opportunity for Hearing  02/26/2015
      • 401.53 Notice of Hearing  02/26/2015
      • 401.57 Filing of Exceptions and Replies to Proposal for Decision  02/26/2015
      • 401.59 Orders  02/26/2015
      • 401.61 Record  02/26/2015
      • 401.63 Appeals to the Commission  02/26/2015
      • 401.67 Motions for Rehearing  03/08/2001
    • - Conduct and Decorum, Sanctions and Penalties
      • 401.105 Administrative Penalties  02/26/2015
    • - Reinstatement
      • 401.111 Application for Reinstatement of License or Certificate  03/08/2001
      • 401.113 Evaluation for Reinstatement  03/08/2001
      • 401.115 Procedure upon Request for Reinstatement  03/08/2001
      • 401.117 Commission Action Possible upon Reinstatement  12/18/2012
      • 401.119 Failure To Appear for Reinstatement  03/08/2001
    • - Notice and Processing Periods for Certificate Applications
      • 401.121 Purpose of Establishing Time Periods  02/26/2015
      • 401.123 Notice of Deficiency  12/18/2012
      • 401.125 Processing Periods  12/18/2012
      • 401.127 Appeal  02/26/2015
    • - Charges for Public Records
      • 401.129 Charges for Public Records  02/26/2015
    • - Historically Underutilized Businesses
      • 401.131 Historically Underutilized Businesses  02/26/2015
  • - Criminal Convictions and Eligibility for Certification
    • 403.1 Purpose  12/18/2012
    • 403.3 Scope  12/18/2012
    • 403.5 Access to Criminal History Record Information  01/26/2017
    • 403.7 Criminal Convictions Guidelines  05/23/1999
    • 403.9 Mitigating Factors  12/18/2012
    • 403.11 Procedures for Suspension, Revocation, or Denial of a Certificate to Persons with Criminal Backgrounds  12/18/2012
    • 403.15 Report of Convictions by an Individual or a Department  12/18/2012
  • - Standards for Certification
    • 421.1 Procedures for Meetings  11/28/2007
    • 421.3 Minimum Standards Set by the Commission  08/05/2013
    • 421.5 Definitions  02/10/2016
    • 421.9 Designation of Fire Protection Duties  06/03/2013
    • 421.11 Requirement To Be Certified Within One Year  05/18/2010
    • 421.13 Individual Certificate Holders  11/20/2002
    • 421.15 Extension of Training Period  11/15/2003
    • 421.17 Requirement to Maintain Certification  02/10/2016
  • - Fire Suppression
    • - Minimum Standards for Structure Fire Protection Personnel Certification
      • 423.1 Minimum Standards for Structure Fire Protection Personnel  02/17/2010
      • 423.3 Minimum Standards for Basic Structure Fire Protection Personnel Certification  03/02/2014
      • 423.5 Minimum Standards for Intermediate Structure Fire Protection Personnel Certification  11/28/2007
      • 423.7 Minimum Standards for Advanced Structure Fire Protection Personnel Certification  08/05/2004
      • 423.9 Minimum Standards for Master Structure Fire Protection Personnel Certification  11/01/1998
      • 423.11 Higher Levels of Certification  05/23/1999
      • 423.13 International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Seal  11/23/2016
    • - Minimum Standards for Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Personnel
      • 423.201 Minimum Standards for Aircraft Fire Protection Personnel  06/28/2011
      • 423.203 Minimum Standards for Basic Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Personnel Certification  03/02/2014
      • 423.205 Minimum Standards for Intermediate Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Personnel Certification  08/05/2004
      • 423.207 Minimum Standards for Advanced Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Personnel Certification  08/05/2004
      • 423.209 Minimum Standards for Master Aircraft Fire Protection Personnel Certification  11/28/2007
      • 423.211 International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Seal  11/23/2016
    • - Minimum Standards for Marine Fire Protection Personnel
      • 423.301 Minimum Standards for Marine Fire Protection Personnel  11/28/2007
      • 423.303 Minimum Standards for Basic Marine Fire Protection Personnel Certification  06/10/2008
      • 423.305 Minimum Standards for Intermediate Marine Fire Protection Personnel Certification  11/28/2007
      • 423.307 Minimum Standards for Advanced Marine Fire Protection Personnel Certification  08/05/2004
      • 423.309 Minimum Standards for Master Marine Fire Protection Personnel Certification  11/28/2007
  • - Fire Service Instructors
    • 425.1 Minimum Standards for Fire Service Instructor Certification  06/12/2013
    • 425.3 Minimum Standards for Fire Service Instructor I Certification  09/01/2014
    • 425.5 Minimum Standards for Fire Service Instructor II Certification  09/01/2014
    • 425.7 Minimum Standards for Fire Service Instructor III Certification  09/01/2014
    • 425.9 Minimum Standards for Master Fire Service Instructor III Certification  03/01/2006
    • 425.11 International Fire Service Accreditation Congress Seal  11/23/2016
  • - Training Facility Certification
    • - On-Site Certified Training Provider
      • 427.1 Minimum Standards for Certified Training Facilities for Fire Protection Personnel  05/20/2014
      • 427.3 Facilities  05/26/2005
      • 427.5 Apparatus  05/26/2005
      • 427.7 Protective Clothing  11/11/2010
      • 427.9 Equipment  05/26/2005
      • 427.11 Reference Material  05/26/2005
      • 427.13 Records  05/20/2014
      • 427.18 Live Fire Training Evolutions  05/20/2014
      • 427.19 General Information  11/28/2007
    • - Distance Training Provider
      • 427.201 Minimum Standards for Distance Training Provider  08/31/2011
      • 427.203 Records  05/20/2014
      • 427.209 General Information  11/28/2007
    • - Training Programs for On-Site and Distance Training Providers
      • 427.301 General Provisions for Training Programs -- On-Site and Distance Training Providers  05/20/2014
      • 427.303 Training Approval Process for On-Site and Distance Training Providers  05/20/2014
      • 427.305 Procedures for Testing Conducted by On-Site and Distance Training Providers  08/20/2012
      • 427.307 On-Site and Distance Training Provider Staff Requirements  05/20/2014
    • - Certified Training Facilities
      • 427.401 General Provisions for Training Facilities Not Owned by the State of Texas or Operated by a Political Subdivision of the State of Texas  05/09/2007
      • 427.403 Financial Standards  05/09/2007
      • 427.405 Policy Regarding Complaints  05/09/2007
      • 427.407 School Responsibilities Regarding Instructors  05/09/2007
      • 427.409 Advertising  05/09/2007
      • 427.411 Cancellations or Suspensions  05/09/2007
      • 427.413 Liabilities  07/19/2007
  • - Minimum Standards for Fire Inspectors
    • 429.201 Minimum Standards for Fire Inspector Personnel  02/21/2012
    • 429.203 Minimum Standards for Basic Fire Inspector Certification  09/01/2014
    • 429.205 Minimum Standards for Intermediate Fire Inspector Certification  02/21/2012
    • 429.207 Minimum Standards for Advanced Fire Inspector Certification  02/21/2012
    • 429.209 Minimum Standards for Master Fire Inspector Certification  02/21/2012
    • 429.211 International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Seal  08/26/2015
  • - Fire Investigation
    • - Minimum Standards for Arson Investigator Certification
      • 431.1 Minimum Standards for Arson Investigation Personnel  03/02/2014
      • 431.3 Minimum Standards for Basic Arson Investigator Certification  03/02/2014
      • 431.5 Minimum Standards for Intermediate Arson Investigator Certification  03/02/2014
      • 431.7 Minimum Standards for Advanced Arson Investigator Certification  03/02/2014
      • 431.9 Minimum Standards for Master Arson Investigator Certification  05/23/2016
      • 431.11 Minimum Standards for Arson Investigator Certification for Law Enforcement Personnel  05/21/2006
      • 431.13 International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Certification  11/23/2016
    • - Minimum Standards for Fire Investigator Certification
      • 431.201 Minimum Standards for Fire Investigation Personnel  03/10/2011
      • 431.203 Minimum Standards for Fire Investigator Certification  08/17/2008
      • 431.205 Minimum Standards for Intermediate Fire Investigator Certification  08/05/2004
      • 431.207 Minimum Standards for Advanced Fire Investigator Certification  08/05/2004
      • 431.209 Minimum Standards for Master Fire Investigator Certification  05/23/2016
      • 431.211 International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Seal--Fire Investigator  11/23/2016
  • - Driver/Operator
    • - Minimum Standards for Driver/Operator-Pumper
      • 433.1 Driver/Operator-Pumper Certification  05/18/2017
      • 433.3 Minimum Standards for Driver/Operator-Pumper Certification  05/18/2017
      • 433.5 Examination Requirements  05/18/2017
      • 433.7 International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Seal  05/18/2017
    • - Minimum Standards for Driver/Operator-Aerial Apparatus
      • 433.201 Driver/Operator-Aerial Apparatus Certification  05/18/2017
      • 433.203 Minimum Standards for Driver/Operator-Aerial Apparatus Certification  05/18/2017
      • 433.205 Examination Requirements  05/18/2017
  • - Fire Fighter Safety
    • 435.1 Protective Clothing  08/26/2015
    • 435.3 Self-contained Breathing Apparatus  06/12/2013
    • 435.5 Commission Recommendations  03/27/2006
    • 435.7 Fire Department Staffing Studies  06/12/2013
    • 435.9 Personal Alert Safety System (PASS)  03/24/2002
    • 435.11 Incident Management System (IMS)  06/12/2013
    • 435.13 Personnel Accountability System  03/24/2002
    • 435.15 Operating at Emergency Incidents  03/24/2002
    • 435.17 Procedures for Interior Structure Fire Fighting (2-in/2-out rule)  03/24/2002
    • 435.19 Enforcement of Commission Rules  06/12/2013
    • 435.21 Fire Service Joint Labor Management Wellness-Fitness Initiative  07/19/2007
    • 435.23 Fire Fighter Injuries  02/17/2010
    • 435.25 Courage to be Safe So Everyone Goes Home Program  11/23/2016
    • 435.27 Live Fire Training Structure Evolutions  11/01/2011
    • 435.29 Federal Highway Administration Traffic Incident Management Program  08/26/2015
  • - Fees
    • 437.1 Purpose and Scope  03/02/2014
    • 437.3 Certification Fees  02/10/2016
    • 437.5 Renewal Fees  05/23/2016
    • 437.7 Standards Manual and Certification Curriculum Manual Fees  03/02/2014
    • 437.11 Copying Fees  05/21/2006
    • 437.13 Processing Fees for Test Application  02/10/2016
    • 437.15 International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Seal Fees  03/02/2014
    • 437.17 Records Review Fees  03/02/2014
    • 437.19 Early Review Fees  01/26/2017
  • - Examinations for Certification
    • - Examinations for On-Site Delivery Training
      • 439.1 Requirements--General  01/01/2017
      • 439.3 Definitions  01/01/2017
      • 439.5 Procedures  08/05/2013
      • 439.7 Eligibility  01/01/2017
      • 439.9 Grading  01/01/2017
      • 439.11 Commission-Designated Performance Skill Evaluations  01/01/2017
      • 439.13 Special Accommodations for Testing  11/02/2011
      • 439.19 Number of Test Questions  01/01/2017
    • - Examinations for Distance Training
      • 439.201 Requirements - General  03/27/2006
      • 439.205 Performance skill evaluation  05/20/2014
  • - Continuing Education
    • 441.1 Objective  11/01/1998
    • 441.3 Definitions  12/18/2012
    • 441.5 Requirements  02/10/2016
    • 441.7 Continuing Education for Structure Fire Protection Personnel  11/10/2014
    • 441.9 Continuing Education for Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Personnel  05/21/2006
    • 441.11 Continuing Education for Marine Fire Protection Personnel  11/10/2014
    • 441.13 Continuing Education for Fire Inspection Personnel  11/10/2014
    • 441.15 Continuing Education for Arson Investigator or Fire Investigator  11/10/2014
    • 441.17 Continuing Education for Hazardous Materials Technician  11/10/2014
    • 441.19 Continuing Education for Head of a Fire Department  08/26/2015
    • 441.21 Continuing Education for Fire Service Instructor  11/10/2014
    • 441.23 Continuing Education for Wildland Fire Fighter  05/20/2014
  • - Certification Curriculum Manual
    • 443.1 Curriculum Approval by the Fire Fighter Advisory Committee  11/01/1998
    • 443.3 Curriculum Approval by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection  11/01/1998
    • 443.5 Effective Date of New Curricula or Changes to Curricula Required by Law or Rule  03/01/1999
    • 443.7 Effective Date of New Curricula or Changes or Revisions to Existing Curricula Which Are Voluntary  11/01/1998
    • 443.9 National Fire Protection Association Standard  02/17/2004
  • - Administrative Inspections and Penalties
    • 445.1 Entity Inspections  11/08/2009
    • 445.3 Right of Access  11/01/1998
    • 445.5 Duty To Comply; Enforcement  11/01/1998
    • 445.7 Procedures  02/26/2015
    • 445.9 Procedures for Violations  02/26/2015
    • 445.17 Liability for Violations  11/01/1998
    • 445.19 Inspection Forms  11/01/1998
  • - Part-Time Fire Protection Employee
    • 447.1 Minimum Standards for Part-Time Fire Protection Employees  07/19/2007
    • 447.3 Minimum Standards for Advanced Levels of Part-Time Certification  07/19/2007
    • 447.5 Permissible Hours of Work for Part-Time Fire Protection Employees  11/01/1998
  • - Head of a Fire Department
    • - Minimum Standards for Head of a Suppression Fire Department
      • §449.1 Minimum Standards for the Head of a Suppression Fire Department  02/26/2015
      • §449.3 Minimum Standards for Head of a Suppression Fire Department Certification   02/26/2015
    • - Minimum Standards for Head of a Prevention Only Fire Department
      • §449.201 Minimum Standards for the Head of a Prevention Only Fire Department  02/26/2015
      • §449.203 Minimum Standards for Head of a Prevention Only Fire Department Certification   02/26/2015
  • - Fire Officer
    • - Minimum Standards for Fire Officer I
      • 451.1 Fire Officer I Certification  07/29/2002
      • 451.3 Minimum Standards for Fire Officer I Certification  03/02/2014
      • 451.5 Examination Requirements  02/17/2010
      • 451.7 International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Seal  11/23/2016
    • - Minimum Standards for Fire Officer II
      • 451.201 Fire Officer II Certification  07/29/2002
      • 451.203 Minimum Standards for Fire Officer II Certification  03/02/2014
      • 451.205 Examination Requirements  02/17/2010
      • 451.207 International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Seal  11/23/2016
    • - Minimum Standards for Fire Officer III
      • 451.301 Fire Officer III Certification  02/28/2013
      • 451.303 Minimum Standards for Fire Officer III Certification  09/01/2014
      • 451.305 Examination Requirements  02/28/2013
      • 451.307 International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Seal  08/09/2016
    • - Minimum Standards for Fire Officer IV
      • 451.401 Fire Officer IV Certification  02/28/2013
      • 451.403 Minimum Standards for Fire Officer IV Certification  09/01/2014
      • 451.405 Examination Requirements  02/28/2013
      • 451.407 International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Seal  08/09/2016
  • - Hazardous Materials
    • - Minimum Standards for Hazardous Materials Technician
      • 453.1 Hazardous Materials Technician Certification  11/28/2007
      • 453.3 Minimum Standards for Hazardous Materials Technician Certification  03/02/2014
      • 453.5 Examination Requirements  02/28/2013
      • 453.7 International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Seal  11/23/2016
    • - Minimum Standards for Hazardous Materials Incident Commander
      • 453.201 Hazardous Materials Incident Commander Certification  02/28/2013
      • 453.203 Minimum Standards for Hazardous Materials Incident Commander  09/01/2013
      • 453.205 Examination Requirements  02/28/2013
  • - Minimum Standards for Wildland Fire Protection Certification
    • 455.1 Minimum Standards for Wildland Fire Protection Personnel  08/20/2012
    • 455.3 Minimum Standards for Basic Wildland Fire Protection Certification  11/26/2015
    • 455.5 Minimum Standards for Intermediate Wildland Fire Protection Certification  01/05/2014
    • 455.7 Examination Requirements  01/05/2014
  • - Minimum Standards for Incident Safety Officer Certification
    • 457.1 Incident Safety Officer Certification  08/20/2012
    • 457.3 Minimum Standards for Incident Safety Officer Certification  01/26/2017
    • 457.5 Examination Requirements  01/26/2017
  • - Voluntary Regulation of State Agencies and State Agency Employees
    • 491.1 Election of Components for Voluntary Regulation  11/28/2007
    • 491.3 Documentation  03/23/1994
    • 491.5 Notification  09/09/1992
  • - Voluntary Regulation of Federal Agencies and Federal Fire Fighters
    • 493.1 Election of Components for Voluntary Regulation  11/28/2007
    • 493.3 Documentation  03/23/1994
    • 493.5 Notification  03/23/1994
  • - Regulation of Nongovernmental Departments
    • - Voluntary Regulation of Nongovernmental Departments
      • 495.1 Application Procedures  12/24/2002
      • 495.3 Notification  03/23/1994
      • 495.5 Nongovernmental Fire Protection Employees  03/23/1994
    • - Regulation of Nongovernmental Organizations and Personnel
      • 495.201 Nongovernmental Organizations  03/23/1994
      • 495.203 Nongovernmental Organization Employees  03/23/1994
      • 495.205 Nongovernmental Personnel  03/23/1994
      • 495.207 Regulation and Certification  12/24/2002

Notes

Chapter 419 of the Texas Government Code contains the laws that govern the commission. The Government Code is written by the Texas Legislature and approved by the governor. The Texas Administrative Code, Title 37, Part 13, are the laws written and approved by the commission. You may hear people refer to the Texas Government Code as "statutes" and the TAC referred to as "rules," but both bodies of "code" are state laws. In general terms, the Government Code are the laws that create the commission and define its scope and authority, and the Administrative Code are the laws that apply to the entities and individuals the commission regulates. The commission refers to the compilation of its rules as The Standards Manual for Fire Protection Personnel.

You may also see the commission rules referred to as, for example, "37 TAC Chapter 423," which is a shorthand way of saying, "Texas Administrative Code Title 37, Part 13, Chapter 423." (This is how the commission refers to Chapter 423 on commission and committee meeting agendas.)