If you have ever tested with the commission or held certification, please do not create a new FIDO account. If you are unable to log in contact the commission at 512-936-3838 for assistance.
The Head of Department Certification is specifically for individuals who have been hired by a regulated entity to be appointed as the Fire Chief (Head of Department Suppression) or a Fire Marshal (Head of Department Prevention).
This certification cannot be:
If you do not hold an active TCFP certification and are a first-time HOD appointee, you must schedule to be fingerprinted at an IdentoGo office. This must be done for TCFP, even if you have already completed this for another agency.
Complete the fingerprint-based background check by following the instructions found on FAST-Pass (PDF).
Appointments to HOD cannot be completed via a department FIDO account.
The appointment to duty TCFP-001HOD: Appointment to Head of Department form (PDF) must be completed and signed by the person authorized to make this appointment within the organization. The individual being appointed must also sign and then it can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org for processing. Individuals must be eligible to be appointed or the qualifying documentation can be accompanied when the HOD appointment to duty form is submitted to TCFP.
Based on RULE §449.1, to be appointed as head of department suppression individuals must:
If you have questions about qualifying for appointment to HOD Suppression Duty, please contact us at 512-936-3820.
HOD Prevention is required only if the entity is a separate division from the fire department and the head of department prevention (usually the fire marshal) does NOT report to the fire chief.
If the entity has only one employee and there is no supervision of any regulated certified fire prevention personnel, the head of department Prevention appointment to duty is NOT required. Employment can be processed and appointment to fire prevention duties completed in FIDO.
Based on Rule §449.203, to be appointed as head of department prevention individuals must:
The following must be completed within one year from the date of appointment to be eligible for certification:
Step 1: Log into FIDO.
Step 2: Click on the Applications on the left menu.
Step 3: Click on the green Apply button (if it is not green, you are not eligible).
Step 3: Follow the instructions to create an invoice.
Step 4: Click on Invoices on the left menu
Step 5: Click the green Pay link on the far right of the screen.
Step 6: Follow the instructions on Texas.gov to enter credit card information for payment to have certificate issued immediately.
Step 1: Log into FIDO
Step 2: Click Records on the left menu
Step 3: Click Certifications within the green bar
Step 4: Click Print next to the name of the certificate. This will open a PDF that can be downloaded and saved or printed. The commission does not mail hard copies of certificates.
Contact the certification and professional development section at their main phone number (512) 936-3820.