Distance Training Delivery (On-line)
Approved distance training is fire training where instructors and students are primarily in different locations and content is instructed primarily using the internet. Courses must be interactive. Distance training that serves as nothing more than electronic text is not acceptable. Online courses must provide the opportunity for the student to interact or ask questions via e-mail, chat rooms or some other method of communication. Other computer-mediated methods of instruction may be used to enhance instruction; however, the primary delivery method must be through the internet or an intranet.
Please review Subchapter 427 B - Distance Training Provider for detailed requirements.
Organizations that already are approved as an on site training facility but wish to provide on line training will have to complete a separate application for training facility process and a new FDID will be created for their online training facility in our system.
As part of the approval process for an online facility, the on-line training delivery platform (link to the training provider’s web page) needs to be reviewed to verify that the course structure and objectives are covered. A logon ID and password for the web page will need to be provided.
The course syllabus also needs to be evaluated to verify that the students are specifically informed that the skills portion and the final exam are completed on-site and proctored according to §427.201(d) and §427.305 (in addition to the TCFP exam). Students need to be aware that their training is valid for 2 years and their TCFP passing exam score is valid for two (2) years and that if they do not apply and obtain that certification and IFSAC seals prior to their exam expiration date, they will have to retest in order to qualify to apply.