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  • Cerification pay info

    406.02 Employees should refer to the City of Dallas Intranet page for a schedule of other Fire Department uniformed pays including Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) Certification Pays, Specialty Team Pays, and paramedic pay.  For members seeking to garner TCFP certification pays (Initial pay or upgrade in certification pay), the deadline to upgrade certifications is May 31st of each calendar year.  TCFP records must indicate that members obtained their certifications by the May 31st deadline to ensure that initial or upgraded pay (Intermediate, Advanced & Master) is initiated on October 1st of the same calendar year as the deadline.  The Training Division will reconcile DFR members TCFP certification records with the previous year’s list and forward changes to City of Dallas HR Payroll.  

    B. For Fiscal Year 2017-2018 only:

    1. Changes to Certification Pay

    Effective the first day of the first full uniformed pay period after January 1, 2018, monthly pay rates for Certification Pay (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and Texas Commission on Fire Protection) will be adjusted as follows:

     Intermediate Advanced Master Police Current $200/month $500/month Police New $200/month $400/month $600/month Fire Current $175/month $250/month $500/month Fire New $200/month $400/month $600/month

    Officers only receive pay for one certification based on the highest certification level on record with the relevant certifying agency. 

    The monthly pay rate for the various levels of certification pay will only be changed two times per fiscal year. Pay rate changes will go into effect on the first day of the first full uniformed pay period after January 1st and June 1st of each fiscal year. 

    The Dallas Police Department and the Dallas Fire Rescue Department staff will download certification information from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and the Texas Commission on Fire Protection websites. These reports will be run the first Fridays in December and May of each fiscal year for pay changes going into effect in January and June. 

    Officers seeking increased pay due to certification upgrades must ensure the certifying agencies accurately reflect their certification level by the time the information is downloaded by the Police and Fire Departments in December and May of each year. The information from the certifying agencies’ websites is the final determination of certification pay levels. It is the officers’ responsibility to ensure the information on the certifying agencies’ websites is correct and the City is not accountable for any errors or delays in recording certification information by the respective commissions.

    http://www.tcfp.texas.gov/forms/TCFP-002.pdf

    http://www.tcfp.texas.gov/certification/certification_requirements.asp

    Certification requirements

    The Texas Commission on Fire Protection offers 41 state certifications or certification levels. Click the links below to view the requirements for each. (See below the chart for additional notes.)

    Structure Fire Protection

    Basic

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    Basic Structure Fire Protection certification

    For detailed requirements regarding this certification, please refer to the basic fire suppression page.

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    Intermediate

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    Intermediate Structure Fire Protection certification

    References: 423.5

    Prerequisite: Basic structure fire protection certification.

    Years of experience: Four.

    Required training:

    ·Option 1 - Six semester hours of fire science or fire technology from an approved Fire Protection Degree Program; or

    ·Option 2 - Two A-List courses or eight B-List courses; or one A-List course and four B-List courses; or

    ·Option 3 - Three semester hours meeting the requirements of Option 1, with either one A-List course or four B-List courses.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification.

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    Advanced

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    Advanced Structure Fire Protection certification

    References: 423.7

    Prerequisite: Intermediate structure fire protection certification.

    Years of experience: Eight.

    Required training:

    ·Option 1 - Six semester hours of fire science or fire technology from an approved Fire Protection Degree Program; or

    ·Option 2 - Two A-List courses or eight B-List courses; or one A-List course and four B-List courses; or

    ·Option 3 - Three semester hours meeting the requirements of Option 1, with either one A-List course or four B-List courses.

    Note: The training you use for this certification must be in addition to any training you use to qualify for any lower level of Structure certification. You cannot repeat a course or use a course of similar content towards this level.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Master

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    Master Structure Fire Protection certification

    References: 423.9

    Prerequisite: Advanced structure fire protection certification.

    Years of experience: Twelve.

    Required training: 60 college semester hours or an associate degree, which includes at least 18 college semester hours in fire science subjects. (Courses can be upper or lower division courses.)

    Note: If a college has given you semester hour credit for completing your basic academy training, you can apply them towards the 18 hours of fire science requirement at the master level only.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Aircraft Rescue Fire Protection

    Basic

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    Basic Aircraft Rescue Fire Protection certification

    References: 423.203

    Prerequisite: Basic structure fire protection certification.

    Requirements: Complete a commission-approved* Aircraft Rescue Fire Suppression training program as outlined in Link to PDF fileChapter 2 of the commission's Certification Curriculum Manual and pass the commission's certification exam. You may be exempt from the exam requirement if you hold an IFSAC seal or TEEX ProBoard certificate:

    IFSAC seal: If you hold an IFSAC NFPA 1003 Airport Firefighter seal, you do not have to take the commission's ARFF exam.

    TEEX ProBoard: If you hold a TEEX ProBoard certificate indicating that your course was taught to the 2010 (or later) edition of NFPA 1003, you do not have to take the commission's ARFF exam. Note: Your TEEX ProBoard certificate must show the commission's course approval (or "TPA") number.**

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Intermediate

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    Intermediate Aircraft Rescue Fire Protection certification

    References: 423.205

    Prerequisite: Basic aircraft rescue fire protection certification.

    Years of experience: Four.

    Required training:

    ·Option 1 - Six semester hours of fire science or fire technology from an approved Fire Protection Degree Program; or

    ·Option 2 - Two A-List courses or eight B-List courses; or one A-List course and four B-List courses; or

    ·Option 3 - Three semester hours meeting the requirements of Option 1, with either one A-List course or four B-List courses.

    Note: The training you use for this certification must be in addition to any training you use to qualify for any lower level of Structure certification. You cannot repeat a course or use a course of similar content towards this level.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Advanced

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    Advanced Aircraft Rescue Fire Protection certification

    References: 423.207

    Prerequisite: Intermediate aircraft rescue fire protection certification.

    Years of experience: Eight.

    Required training: 60 college semester hours or an associate degree, which includes at least 18 college semester hours in fire science subjects. (Courses can be upper or lower division courses.)

    ·Option 1 - Six semester hours of fire science or fire technology from an approved Fire Protection Degree Program; or

    ·Option 2 - Two A-List courses or eight B-List courses; or one A-List course and four B-List courses; or

    ·Option 3 - Three semester hours meeting the requirements of Option 1, with either one A-List course or four B-List courses.

    Note: The training you use for this certification must be in addition to any training you use to qualify for any lower level of Structure certification. You cannot repeat a course or use a course of similar content towards this level.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Master

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    Master Aircraft Rescue Fire Protection certification

    References: 423.209

    Prerequisite: Advanced aircraft rescue fire protection certification.

    Years of experience: Twelve.

    Required training: 60 college semester hours or an associate degree, which includes at least 18 college semester hours in fire science subjects. (Courses can be upper or lower division courses.)

    Note: If a college has given you semester hour credit for completing your basic academy training, you can apply them towards the 18 hours of fire science requirement at the master level only.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Marine Fire Protection

    Basic

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    Basic Marine Fire Protection certification

    References: 423.303

    Prerequisite: Basic structure fire protection certification.

    Requirements: Complete a commission-approved* Marine Fire Protection training program as outlined in Link to PDF fileChapter 3 of the commission's Certification Curriculum Manual and pass the certification exam.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Intermediate

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    Intermediate Marine Fire Protection certification

    References: 423.305

    Prerequisite: Basic marine fire protection certification.

    Years of experience: Four.

    Required training:

    ·Option 1 - Six semester hours of fire science or fire technology from an approved Fire Protection Degree Program; or

    ·Option 2 - Two A-List courses or eight B-List courses; or one A-List course and four B-List courses; or

    ·Option 3 - Three semester hours meeting the requirements of Option 1, with either one A-List course or four B-List courses.

    Note: The training you use for this certification must be in addition to any training you use to qualify for any lower level of Structure certification. You cannot repeat a course or use a course of similar content towards this level.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Advanced

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    Advanced Marine Fire Protection certification

    References: 423.307

    Prerequisite: Intermediate marine fire protection certification.

    Years of experience: Eight.

    Required training:

    ·Option 1 - Six semester hours of fire science or fire technology from an approved Fire Protection Degree Program; or

    ·Option 2 - Two A-List courses or eight B-List courses; or one A-List course and four B-List courses; or

    ·Option 3 - Three semester hours meeting the requirements of Option 1, with either one A-List course or four B-List courses.

    Note: The training you use for this certification must be in addition to any training you use to qualify for any lower level of Structure certification. You cannot repeat a course or use a course of similar content towards this level.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Master

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    Master Marine Fire Protection certification

    References: 423.309

    Prerequisite: Advanced marine fire protection certification.

    Years of experience: Twelve.

    Required training: 60 college semester hours or an associate degree, which includes at least 18 college semester hours in fire science subjects. (Courses can be upper or lower division courses.)

    Note: If a college has given you semester hour credit for completing your basic academy training, you can apply them towards the 18 hours of fire science requirement at the master level only.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Fire Inspector

    Basic

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    Basic Fire Inspector certification

    References: 429.203

    Prerequisite: None.

    Requirements: Complete a Fire Inspector training program and pass the certification exam. A commission-approved* Fire Inspector training program must consist of one of the following:

    ·completion of the Fire Inspector curriculum as specified in Link to PDF fileChapter 4 of the commission's Certification Curriculum Manual; or

    ·completion of an out-of-state, NFA, or military training program which has been submitted to the commission and which meets the minimum requirements; or

    ·completion of the college course listed in 429.203(C).

    You may be exempt from the exam requirement if you hold an IFSAC seal or TEEX ProBoard Inspector I, Inspector II, AND Plans Examiner I certificate:

    IFSAC equivalency: If you hold Inspector I, Inspector II, and Plans Examiner I IFSAC seals from another jurisdiction, you do not have to take the commission's inspector exam.

    TEEX ProBoard: If you hold a TEEX ProBoard Inspector I, Inspector II, and Plans Examiner I certificate that shows the course was taught to the 2009 (or later) edition of NFPA 1031, you do not have to take the commission's inspector exam. Note: Your TEEX ProBoard certificate must show the commission's course approval (or "TPA") number.**

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Intermediate

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    Intermediate Fire Inspector certification

    References: 429.205

    Prerequisite: Basic fire inspector certification.

    Years of experience: Four.

    Required training:

    ·Option 1 - Six semester hours of fire science or fire technology from an approved Fire Protection Degree Program; or

    ·Option 2 - Two A-List courses or eight B-List courses; or one A-List course and four B-List courses; or

    ·Option 3 - Three semester hours meeting the requirements of Option 1, with either one A-List course or four B-List courses.

    Note: The training you use for this certification must be in addition to any training you use to qualify for any lower level of inspector certification. You cannot repeat a course or use a course of similar content towards this level.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Advanced

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    Advanced Fire Inspector certification

    References: 429.207

    Prerequisite: Intermediate fire inspector certification.

    Years of experience: Eight.

    Required training:

    ·Option 1 - Six semester hours of fire science or fire technology from an approved Fire Protection Degree Program; or

    ·Option 2 - Two A-List courses or eight B-List courses; or one A-List course and four B-List courses; or

    ·Option 3 - Three semester hours meeting the requirements of Option 1, with either one A-List course or four B-List courses.

    Note: The training you use for this certification must be in addition to any training you use to qualify for any lower level of inspector certification. You cannot repeat a course or use a course of similar content towards this level.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Master

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    Master Fire Inspector certification

    References: 429.209

    Prerequisite: Advanced fire inspector certification.

    Years of experience: Twelve.

    Required training: 60 college semester hours or an associate degree, which includes at least 18 college semester hours in fire science subjects. (Courses can be upper or lower division courses.)

    Note: If a college has given you semester hour credit for completing your basic academy training, you can apply them towards the 18 hours of fire science requirement at the master level only.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Arson Investigator

    Basic

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    Basic Arson Investigator certification

    References: 431.3

    Prerequisite: None.

    Requirements: Complete a Fire Investigator training program, hold a current peace officer license, and pass the certification exam. A commission-approved* Fire Investigator training program must consist of one of the following:

    ·completion of the Fire Investigator curriculum as specified in Link to PDF fileChapter 5 of the commission's Certification Curriculum Manual; or

    ·completion of an out-of-state, NFA, or military training program which has been submitted to the commission and which meets the minimum requirements; or

    ·completion of the college course listed in 431.3(C).

    To earn a commission certification as an arson investigator, you must have a peace officer license. (You do not need to have the peace officer license to take the commission exam, but you can't get certified as an arson investigator without it.) You will have to submit a TCFP-004 Confirmation of Commission form to document the law enforcement agency (i.e., State of Texas or Federal) that holds your peace officer license.

    IFSAC equivalency: If you hold an Investigator IFSAC seal from another jurisdiction, you do not have to take the commission's arson investigator exam.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification and TCFP-004 Confirmation of Commission .

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    Intermediate

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    Intermediate Arson Investigator certification

    References: 431.5

    Prerequisite: Basic arson investigator certification.

    Years of experience: Four.

    Required training:

    ·Option 1 - Six semester hours of fire science or fire technology from an approved Fire Protection Degree Program; or

    ·Option 2 - Two A-List courses or eight B-List courses; or one A-List course and four B-List courses; or

    ·Option 3 - Three semester hours meeting the requirements of Option 1, with either one A-List course or four B-List courses.

    ·Option 4 - hold a current Intermediate Peace Officer certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) with four additional law enforcement courses applicable for fire investigations.

    Note: The training you use for this certification must be in addition to any training you use to qualify for any lower level of inspector certification. You cannot repeat a course or use a course of similar content towards this level.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Advanced

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    Advanced Arson Investigator certification

    References: 431.7

    Prerequisite: Intermediate arson investigator certification.

    Years of experience: Eight.

    Required training:

    ·Option 1 - Six semester hours of fire science or fire technology from an approved Fire Protection Degree Program; or

    ·Option 2 - Two A-List courses or eight B-List courses; or one A-List course and four B-List courses; or

    ·Option 3 - Three semester hours meeting the requirements of Option 1, with either one A-List course or four B-List courses.

    ·Option 4 - Advanced Arson for Profit or Complex Arson Investigative Techniques (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives resident or field course, 80 hours); or

    ·Option 5 - Hold a current Advanced Peace Officer certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) with four additional law enforcement courses applicable for fire investigations.

    Note: The training you use for this certification must be in addition to any training you use to qualify for any lower level of investigator certification. You cannot repeat a course or use a course of similar content towards this level.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Master

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    Master Arson Investigator certification

    References: 431.9

    Prerequisite: Advanced arson investigator certification.

    Years of experience: Twelve.

    Required training: 60 college semester hours or an associate degree, which includes at least 18 college semester hours in fire science subjects. (Courses can be upper or lower division courses.)

    Note: If a college has given you semester hour credit for completing your basic academy training, you can apply them towards the 18 hours of fire science requirement at the master level only.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Fire Investigator

    Basic

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    Basic Fire Investigator certification

    References: 431.203, 431.3

    Prerequisite: None.

    Requirements: Complete a Fire Investigator training program and pass the certification exam. A commission-approved* Fire Investigator training program must consist of one of the following:

    ·completion of the Fire Investigator curriculum as specified in Link to PDF fileChapter 5 of the commission's Certification Curriculum Manual; or

    ·completion of an out-of-state, NFA, or military training program which has been submitted to the commission and which meets the minimum requirements; or

    ·completion of the college course listed in 431.3(C).

    IFSAC equivalency: If you hold an Investigator IFSAC seal from another jurisdiction, you do not have to take the commission's investigator exam.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Intermediate

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    Intermediate Fire Investigator certification

    References: 431.205

    Prerequisite: Basic fire investigator certification.

    Years of experience: Four.

    Required training:

    ·Option 1 - Six semester hours of fire science or fire technology from an approved Fire Protection Degree Program; or

    ·Option 2 - Two A-List courses or eight B-List courses; or one A-List course and four B-List courses; or

    ·Option 3 - Three semester hours meeting the requirements of Option 1, with either one A-List course or four B-List courses.

    Note: The training you use for this certification must be in addition to any training you use to qualify for any lower level of inspector certification. You cannot repeat a course or use a course of similar content towards this level.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Advanced

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    Advanced Fire Investigator certification

    References: 431.207

    Prerequisite: Intermediate fire investigator certification.

    Years of experience: Eight.

    Required training:

    ·Option 1 - Six semester hours of fire science or fire technology from an approved Fire Protection Degree Program; or

    ·Option 2 - Two A-List courses or eight B-List courses; or one A-List course and four B-List courses; or

    ·Option 3 - Three semester hours meeting the requirements of Option 1, with either one A-List course or four B-List courses.

    Note: The training you use for this certification must be in addition to any training you use to qualify for any lower level of investigator certification. You cannot repeat a course or use a course of similar content towards this level.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Master

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    Master Fire Investigator certification

    References: 431.209

    Prerequisite: Advanced fire investigator certification.

    Years of experience: Twelve.

    Required training: 60 college semester hours or an associate degree, which includes at least 18 college semester hours in fire science subjects. (Courses can be upper or lower division courses.)

    Note: If a college has given you semester hour credit for completing your basic academy training, you can apply them towards the 18 hours of fire science requirement at the master level only.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Fire Service Instructor

    Level I

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    Fire Service Instructor Level I certification

    References: 425.3

    Prerequisite/Years of Experience: You must have a minimum of three years of experience (see definition §421.5 (51)) in fire protection in a paid, volunteer, or regulated non-governmental fire department; or in a department of a state agency, education institution or political subdivision that provides fire protection training.

    Requirements: Complete a commission-approved* Fire Service Instructor I training program as outlined in Link to PDF fileChapter 8 of the commission's Certification Curriculum Manual, and pass the certification exam.

    You may also qualify for the certification exam if you can document that you have:

    ·A bachelor's degree or higher in education,

    ·A teaching certificate issued by the Texas State Board of Education, or

    ·An associate's degree with 12 semesters hours of education instructional courses.

    You may be exempt from the exam requirement if you hold an IFSAC seal or TEEX ProBoard Instructor certificate:

    IFSAC equivalency: If you hold a Instructor Level I or higher IFSAC seal from another jurisdiction, you do not have to take the commission's Instructor Level I exam.

    TEEX ProBoard: If you hold a TEEX ProBoard Instructor Level I or higher certificate that shows your course was taught to the 2007 (or later) edition of NFPA 1041, you do not have to take the commission's Instructor Level I exam. Note: Your TEEX ProBoard certificate must show the commission's course approval (or "TPA") number.**

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Level II

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    Fire Service Instructor Level II certification

    References: 425.5

    Prerequisite: Instructor Level I certification.

    Years of Experience: You must have a minimum of three years of experience (see definition §421.5 (51)) in fire protection in a paid, volunteer, or regulated non-governmental fire department; or in a department of a state agency, education institution or political subdivision that provides fire protection training.

    Requirements: Complete a commission-approved* Fire Service Instructor II training program as outlined in Link to PDF fileChapter 8 of the commission's Certification Curriculum Manual, and pass the certification exam.

    You may also qualify for the certification exam if you can document that you have:

    ·A bachelor's degree or higher in education,

    ·A teaching certificate issued by the Texas State Board of Education, or

    ·An associate's degree with 12 semesters hours of education instructional courses.

    You may be exempt from the exam requirement if you hold an IFSAC seal or TEEX ProBoard Instructor certificate:

    IFSAC equivalency: If you hold an Instructor Level II or higher IFSAC seal from another jurisdiction, you do not have to take the commission's Instructor Level II exam.

    TEEX ProBoard: If you hold a TEEX ProBoard Instructor Level II or higher certificate that shows your course was taught to the 2007 (or later) edition of NFPA 1041, you do not have to take the commission's Instructor Level II exam. Note: Your TEEX ProBoard certificate must show the commission's course approval (or "TPA") number.**

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Level III

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    Fire Service Instructor Level III certification

    References: 425.7

    Prerequisite: Instructor Level II certification.

    Years of Experience: You must have a minimum of three years of experience (see definition §421.5 (51)) in fire protection in a paid, volunteer, or regulated non-governmental fire department; or in a department of a state agency, education institution or political subdivision that provides fire protection training.

    Requirements: Complete a commission-approved* Fire Service Instructor III training program as outlined in Link to PDF fileChapter 8 of the commission's Certification Curriculum Manual, and pass the certification exam.

    You must also meet one of the following requirements:

    ·Advanced structural fire protection personnel certification, advanced aircraft fire protection personnel certification, advanced marine fire protection personnel certification, advanced inspector certification, advanced fire investigator, or advanced arson investigator certification; or

    ·60 college hours from a regionally accredited educational institution; or

    ·An associate's degree from a regionally accredited educational institution.

    You may also qualify for the certification exam if you can document that you have:

    ·A bachelor's degree or higher in education,

    ·A teaching certificate issued by the Texas State Board of Education, or

    ·An associate's degree with 12 semesters hours of education instructional courses.

    IFSAC equivalency: If you hold an Instructor Level III IFSAC seal from another jurisdiction, you do not have to take the commission's Instructor Level III exam.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Level III-Master

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    Fire Service Instructor Level III-Master certification

    References: 425.9

    Prerequisite: Instructor Level III certification.

    Requirements: You must be a member of a fire department (paid, volunteer, or regulated non-governmental department) and hold one of the following:

    ·A master structural fire protection personnel certification, master aircraft rescue fire fighting personnel certification, master marine fire protection personnel certification, master inspector certification, master fire investigator certification, or master arson investigator certification; or

    ·A bachelor's degree or higher in education from a regionally accredited educational institution or a teaching certificate issued by the Texas State Board of Education.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Fire Officer

    Fire Officer I

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    Fire Officer I certification

    References: 451.3

    Prerequisites: Basic Structural Fire Protection, Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting, or Marine Fire Protection and Fire Service Instructor I certification.

    Requirements: Complete a Fire Officer I training program and pass the certification exam. A commission-approved* Fire Officer I training program consists of:

    ·completion of the Fire Officer I curriculum as specified in Link to PDF fileChapter 9 of the commission's Certification Curriculum Manual; or

    ·completion of an out-of-state, NFA, or military training program which has been submitted to the commission and which meets the minimum requirements; or

    ·completion of the college courses listed in 451.3(B)(iii).

    You may be exempt from the exam requirement if you hold an IFSAC seal or TEEX ProBoard Fire Officer I certificate:

    IFSAC equivalency: If you hold a Fire Officer I IFSAC seal from another jurisdiction, you do not have to take the commission's Fire Officer I exam.

    TEEX ProBoard: If you hold a TEEX ProBoard Fire Officer I certificate that shows your course was taught to the 2009 (or later) edition of NFPA 1021, you do not have to take the commission's Fire Officer I exam. Note: Your TEEX ProBoard certificate must show the commission's course approval (or "TPA") number.**

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Fire Officer II

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    Fire Officer II certification

    References: 451.203

    Prerequisites:

    ·Basic Structural Fire Protection, Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting, or Marine Fire Protection Personnel, and

    ·Fire Service Instructor I, and

    ·Fire Officer I certification.

    Requirements: Complete a Fire Officer II training program and pass the certification exam. A commission-approved* Fire Officer II training program consists of:

    ·completion of the Fire Officer II curriculum as specified in Link to PDF fileChapter 9 of the commission's Certification Curriculum Manual; or

    ·completion of an out-of-state, NFA, or military training program which has been submitted to the commission and which meets the minimum requirements; or

    ·completion of the college courses listed in 451.203(B)(iii).

    You may be exempt from the exam requirement if you hold an IFSAC seal or TEEX ProBoard Fire Officer II certificate:

    IFSAC equivalency: If you hold a Fire Officer II IFSAC seal from another jurisdiction, you do not have to take the commission's Fire Officer II exam.

    TEEX ProBoard: If you hold a TEEX ProBoard Fire Officer II certificate that shows your course was taught to the 2009 (or later) edition of NFPA 1021, you do not have to take the commission's Fire Officer II exam. Note: Your TEEX ProBoard certificate must show the commission's course approval (or "TPA") number.**

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Fire Officer III

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    Fire Officer III certification

    References: 451.303

    Prerequisites:

    ·Basic Structural Fire Protection, Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting, or Marine Fire Protection, and

    ·Fire Service Instructor II, and

    ·Fire Officer II certification, and

    ·documented completion of ICS-300: Intermediate Incident Command System.

    Requirements: Complete a Fire Officer III training program and pass the certification exam. A commission-approved* Fire Officer III training program consists of:

    ·completion of the Fire Officer III curriculum as specified in Link to PDF fileChapter 9 of the commission's Certification Curriculum Manual; or

    ·completion of an out-of-state, NFA, or military training program which has been submitted to the commission and which meets the minimum requirements; or

    ·completion of the college courses listed in 451.303(C).

    You may be exempt from the exam requirement if you hold an IFSAC seal or TEEX ProBoard Fire Officer III certificate:

    IFSAC equivalency: If you hold a Fire Officer III IFSAC seal from another jurisdiction, you do not have to take the commission's Fire Officer III exam.

    TEEX ProBoard: If you hold a TEEX ProBoard Fire Officer III certificate that shows your course was taught to the 2009 (or later) edition of NFPA 1021, you do not have to take the commission's Fire Officer III exam. Note: Beginning March 1, 2015, your TEEX ProBoard FO-III certificate must show the commission's course approval (or "TPA") number.**

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Fire Officer IV

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    Fire Officer IV certification

    References: 451.403

    Prerequisites:

    ·Basic Structural Fire Protection Personnel, Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Personnel, or Marine Fire Protection Personnel, and

    ·Fire Service Instructor II, and

    ·Fire Officer III certification, and

    ·document completion of ICS-400: Advanced Incident Command System.

    Requirements: Complete a commission-approved* Fire Officer IV training program as outlined in Link to PDF fileChapter 9 of the commission's Certification Curriculum Manual and pass the certification exam.

    You may also qualify for the certification exam if you can show proof of completion of a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in any of the following fields:

    Requirements: Complete a Fire Officer IV training program and pass the certification exam. A commission-approved* Fire Officer IV training program consists of:

    ·completion of the Fire Officer IV curriculum as specified in Link to PDF fileChapter 9 of the commission's Certification Curriculum Manual; or

    ·completion of an out-of-state, NFA, or military training program which has been submitted to the commission and which meets the minimum requirements; or

    ·completion of the college courses listed in 451.403(C).

    You may be exempt from the exam requirement if you hold an IFSAC seal or TEEX ProBoard Fire Officer IV certificate:

    IFSAC equivalency: If you hold a Fire Officer IV IFSAC seal from another jurisdiction, you do not have to take the commission's Fire Officer IV exam.

    TEEX ProBoard: If you hold a TEEX ProBoard Fire Officer IV certificate that shows your course was taught to the 2009 (or later) edition of NFPA 1021, you do not have to take the commission's Fire Officer IV exam. Note: Beginning March 1, 2015, your TEEX ProBoard FO-IV certificate must show the commission's course approval (or "TPA") number.**

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Hazardous Materials

    Technician

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    Hazardous Materials Technician certification

    References: 453.3

    Prerequisite: Basic Structural Fire Protection, Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting, or Marine Fire Protection certification.

    Requirements: Complete a commission-approved* Hazardous Materials Technician training program as outlined in Link to PDF fileChapter 6 of the commission's Certification Curriculum Manual and pass the certification exam.

    You may be exempt from the exam requirement if you hold an IFSAC seal or TEEX ProBoard certificate:

    IFSAC equivalency: If you hold a Hazardous Materials Technician IFSAC seal from another jurisdiction, you do not have to take the commission's Hazardous Materials Technician exam.

    TEEX ProBoard: If you hold a TEEX ProBoard Hazardous Materials Technician certificate that shows your course was taught to the 2008 (or later) edition of NFPA 472, you do not have to take the commission's Hazardous Materials Technician exam. Note: Your TEEX ProBoard HazMat Tech certificate must show the commission's course approval (or "TPA") number.**

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Incident Commander

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    Hazardous Materials Incident Commander certification

    References: 453.203

    Prerequisite: Basic Structural Fire Protection, Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting, or Marine Fire Protection certification.

    Requirements: Complete a commission-approved* Hazardous Materials Incident Commander training program as outlined in Link to PDF fileChapter 6 of the commission's Certification Curriculum Manual and pass the certification exam.

    You may be exempt from the exam requirement if you hold an IFSAC seal or TEEX ProBoard Hazardous Materials Incident Commander certificate:

    IFSAC equivalency: If you hold a Hazardous Materials Incident Commander IFSAC seal from another jurisdiction, you do not have to take the commission's Hazardous Materials Incident Commander exam.

    TEEX ProBoard: If you hold a TEEX ProBoard Hazardous Materials Incident Commander certificate that shows your course was taught to the 2008 (or later) edition of NFPA 472, you do not have to take the commission's Hazardous Materials Incident Commander exam. Note: Beginning March 1, 2015, your TEEX ProBoard HazMat IC certificate must show the commission's course approval (or "TPA") number.**

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Driver/Operator

    Pumper

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    Driver/Operator-Pumper certification

    References: 433.3

    Prerequisite: Basic Structural Fire Protection, Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting, or Marine Fire Protection certification.

    Requirements: Complete a commission-approved* Driver/Operator-Pumper training program as outlined in Link to PDF fileChapter 7 of the commission's Certification Curriculum Manual and pass the certification exam.

    You may be exempt from the exam requirement if you hold an IFSAC seal or TEEX ProBoard Driver/Operator-Pumper certificate:

    IFSAC equivalency: If you hold a Driver/Operator-Pumper IFSAC seal from another jurisdiction, you do not have to take the commission's Driver/Operator-Pumper exam.

    TEEX ProBoard: If you hold a TEEX ProBoard Driver/Operator-Pumper certificate that shows your course was taught to the 2009 (or later) edition of NFPA 1002, you do not have to take the commission's Driver/Operator-Pumper exam. Note: Your TEEX ProBoard certificate must show the commission's course approval (or "TPA") number.**

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Aerial

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    Driver/Operator-Aerial Apparatus certification

    References: 433.203

    Prerequisite: Basic Structural Fire Protection, Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting, or Marine Fire Protection certification.

    Requirements: Complete a commission-approved* Driver/Operator-Aerial Apparatus training program as outlined in Link to PDF fileChapter 7 of the commission's Certification Curriculum Manual and pass the certification exam.

    You may be exempt from the exam requirement if you hold an IFSAC seal or TEEX ProBoard Driver/Operator-Aerial Apparatus certificate:

    IFSAC equivalency: If you hold a Driver/Operator-Aerial Apparatus IFSAC seal from another jurisdiction, you do not have to take the commission's Driver/Operator-Aerial Apparatus exam.

    TEEX ProBoard: If you hold a TEEX ProBoard Driver/Operator-Aerial Apparatus certificate that shows your course was taught to the 2014 (or later) edition of NFPA 1002, you do not have to take the commission's Driver/Operator-Pumper exam. Note: Your TEEX ProBoard certificate must show the commission's course approval (or "TPA") number.**

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Fire Department Safety Officer

    Incident Safety Officer

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    Incident Safety Officer certification

    References: 457.3

    Prerequisite: Basic Structural Fire Protection, Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting, or Marine Fire Protection certification; Level 1 Instructor, and Fire Officer 1.

    Requirements: Complete a Incident Safety Officer training program and pass the certification exam. A commission-approved* Incident Safety Officer training program must consist of one of the following:

    ·completion of an Incident Safety Officer curriculum as specified in Link to PDF fileChapter 10 of the commission's Certification Curriculum Manual; or

    ·completion of an out-of-state, educational institution of higher education, and/or military training program.

    IFSAC equivalency: If you hold an Incident Safety Officer IFSAC seal from another jurisdiction, you do not have to take the commission's Incident Safety Officer exam.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Wildland Fire Protection

    Basic

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    Basic Wildland Fire Fighter certification

    References: 455.3

    Prerequisite: None.

    Requirements: Complete a commission-approved* Basic Wildland Fire Protection training program as outlined in Link to PDF fileChapter 11 of the commission's Certification Curriculum Manual or completion of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group courses:

    ·S-130: Firefighter Training

    ·S-190: Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior

    ·L-180: Human Factors on the Fireline

    ·I-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, or an equivalent basic incident command system course such as NIMS IS-100

    and pass the certification exam.

    IFSAC equivalency: If you hold a Wildland Fire Fighter Level I IFSAC seal from another jurisdiction, you do not have to take the commission's Wildland Fire Fighter Level I exam.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Intermediate

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    Intermediate Wildland Fire Fighter certification

    References: 455.5

    Prerequisites: You must hold a commission Basic Wildland Fire Protection certification and a structure certification issued by the commission or the SFFMA (see below). You must also complete the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) 310-1 task book. Documentation of completion must be from the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) in the form of a copy of a task book approval form OR a TIFMAS card.

    Requirements: If you hold a commission-issued Structure Fire Protection certification, you must complete a commission-approved Intermediate Wildland Fire Protection program* and pass the commission's Intermediate Wildland exam.

    If you hold a State Firefighters' and Fire Marshals' Association (SFFMA) "advanced accredited" certification issued before Jan. 1, 2012, or an SFFMA "Firefighter II" certification issued on or after Jan. 1, 2012, you must complete a commission-approved Intermediate Wildland Fire Protection program* and pass a commission examination that includes both Basic Structure Fire Protection and Intermediate Wildland Fire Protection.

    * A commission-approved Intermediate Wildland Fire Protection training program consists of one of the following:

    ·completion of the commission's Intermediate Wildland Fire Fighter Curriculum, as specified in Link to PDF fileChapter 11 of the commission's Certification Curriculum Manual; or

    ·completion of the NWCG course G-131: Wildland Training (FFT1) for Structural Fire Fighters; or

    ·completion of the NWCG courses S-131 and S-133.

    Application form: TCFP-002 Application for Certification .

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    Head of Department

    Suppression

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    Head of a Suppression Fire Department certification

    References: §449.1, §449.3

    Prerequisite: Five to ten years of experience.

    If you hold a commission-issued certificate in any commission discipline that requires Structure Fire Protection certification, or hold an equivalent IFSAC seal, you must have five years of experience in a full-time fire suppression position.

    If you do not hold a commission-issued (or equivalent) certificate, you must have ten years experience as:

    ·an employee of a local government entity outside of Texas, or

    ·a certified structural part-time fire protection employee, or

    ·an active volunteer fire fighter. (To be considered an "active" volunteer, you must have attended at least 40 percent of the drills and responded to at least 25 percent of the VFD's emergencies each year; additionally, the VFD must have had 10 or more active members and conducted a minimum of 48 hours of drills in a calendar year.)

    Requirements:

    ·be appointed as head of a fire department, and;

    ·complete the Standards Review Assignment for Head of a Fire Department identified in Link to PDF fileChapter 12 of the Curriculum Manual; and

    ·arrange a meeting with a Texas Commission on Fire Protection Compliance Officer for review and approval of the Standards Review Assignment; and

    ·attend at least one Texas Commission on Fire Protection regularly scheduled commission meeting or one regularly scheduled fire fighter advisory committee meeting in the first year of appointment; and

    ·document completion of the National Incident Management System courses 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, and 800.

    NOTE: An individual certified as head of a fire department under this section may engage in fire fighting activities only as the head of a fire department. These activities include incident command, direction of fire fighting activities or other emergency activities typically associated with fire fighting duties, i.e. rescue, confined space and hazardous materials response.

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    Prevention

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    Head of a Prevention Only Fire Department certification

    References: §449.201, §449.203

    Prerequisite: Five to ten years of experience.

    If you hold certification as a fire inspector, fire investigator, or arson investigator, or hold an equivalent IFSAC seal, you must have five years of full-time experience in fire prevention activities.

    If you do not hold a commission-issued (or equivalent) certificate, you must have ten years experience as:

    ·a full-time fire inspector, fire investigator, or arson investigator employed by a local government entity outside of Texas, or

    ·a certified fire investigator, fire inspector or arson investigator as a part-time fire prevention employee, or

    ·an active volunteer fire inspector, fire investigator, or arson investigator.

    Requirements:

    ·be appointed as head of a prevention-only fire department, and

    ·complete the Standards Review Assignment for Head of a Fire Department identified in Link to PDF fileChapter 12 of the Curriculum Manual; and

    ·arrange a meeting with a Texas Commission on Fire Protection Compliance Officer for review and approval of the Standards Review Assignment; and

    ·attend at least one Texas Commission on Fire Protection regularly scheduled commission meeting or one regularly scheduled fire fighter advisory committee meeting in the first year of appointment.

    ·document completion of the National Incident Management System courses 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800.

    NOTE: An individual certified as head of a fire department under this section may engage in fire fighting activities only as the head of a fire department. These activities include incident command, direction of fire fighting activities or other emergency activities typically associated with fire fighting duties, i.e. rescue, confined space and hazardous materials response.

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    Certifications outlined in red above are required if your employer appoints you to the associated discipline. All other commission certifications and levels are voluntary, "professional development" certifications.

    Many departments throughout the state encourage their employees to pursue the commission's optional and higher-level certifications. Some departments have internal policies requiring their employees to earn the additional certifications. (For example, some departments require the Driver/Operator-Pumper certification for their drivers; others may require their employees to earn the Fire Officer certification for a department officer position.) Check with your chain of command or training officer to see if your department offers incentives for additional certifications.

    Notes

    * A "commission-approved" training program is an in-state program that is approved to teach the curriculum outlined in the commission's Certification Curriculum Manual, or an equivalent out-of-state program. (The commission will have to evaluate out-of-state programs to determine whether they meet commission standards. For the commission to determine if your out-of-state training meets Texas standards, you will have to submit a TCFP-045 Records Review Request form with the required fee.)

    ** TEEX ProBoard certificates must show the commission's course approval (or TPA - training prior approval) number. The certificates must also indicate whether any special accommodations were provided and whether the exam was given in a language other than English.

    For higher level certifications, please see our certification FAQs - higher levels to see how the commission calculates "years of experience."



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