CE Requirements for Employed Commission-Certified Personnel

The following information is provided as a quick reference for continuing education (CE) requirements. For more specific information, please see Chapter 441 of the commission's Standards Manual.

  • TCFP certificate holders who are employed must earn a minimum of 18 hours of CE per year.
    • Two additional hours of CE above the 18 hours are required annually for each discipline to which a person is appointed.
    • For personnel employed by a fire department, the head of the department may select the subject matter to satisfy these hours.
  • Anyone holding a Wildland Fire Protection certification must earn four hours of wildland fire protection CE each year. These four hours can be used to help satisfy the 18-hour requirement.
  • Anyone holding a Hazardous Materials Technician certification must obtain eight hours of technician-level CE each year in addition to the requirements above.
  • CE can be completed in Level 1 or Level 2 subject areas. (Level 1 training repeats basic-level skills. Level 2 training is intended to develop NEW skills. Please see 441.3.)
Other information:

For more information, please contact the certification section at (512) 936-3820.

Example of Calculating Required CE Hours

Example 1


An employee holds a Structure Fire Fighter certification and a Hazmat Technician certification, and is appointed (in FIDO) to fire suppression duties:
Hours Subjects
18 Any (selected by head of department)
2 Fire Suppression
8 Hazmat (tech level)

Example 2


An employee holds a Structure Fire Fighter certification and a Fire Inspector certification, but is appointed (in FIDO) only to fire suppression duties:
Hours Subjects
18 Any (selected by head of department)
2 Fire Suppression

Example 3


An employee holds a Structure Fire Fighter certification, a Fire Inspector certification, a Wildland Fire Protection certification, and a Hazmat Technician certification. The employee person is appointed (in FIDO) to fire suppression and inspector duties:
Hours Subjects
18 Any (selected by head of department)
2 Fire Suppression
2 Fire Inspection
8 Hazmat (technician level)

Example 4


An employee holds Arson Investigator, Fire Inspector and Incident Safety Officer certifications, and the employee is appointed (in FIDO) to investigator and inspector duties:
Hours Subjects
18 Any (selected by head of department)
2 Investigator
2 Inspector