Certification and Accreditation

Certification and Accreditation

The OFMEM through Academic Standards & Evaluation (AS&E) is the certifying body for National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards accredited by 2 internationally recognized accrediting bodies – namely International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and the ProBoard. The OFMEM is the only Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for Ontario certification. 

The Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997, in Part III, clause 9(2)(d) provided authority to the Fire Marshal for training and evaluation of firefighters.

In April 2013, the OFMEM announced that the decision has been made that Ontario would adopt the National Fire Protection Association Professional Qualifications (NFPA Pro-Qual) standards. The OFMEM worked closely with the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC), the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association (OPFFA) and the Fire Fighters Association of Ontario (FFAO), the OFMEM conducted a review of the Ontario Fire Service Standards (OFSS) in order to determine for to transition from OFSS to the NFPA standards for professional qualifications.

The OFMEM complete and analysis and implemented grandfathering to the fire service of Ontario for three (3) years. The OFMEM implemented grandfathering in order to exempt anyone from having to start over in ant program and in order to give recognition for training and education already completed and for experience already gained.

In 2014 and 2015, the OFMEM processed all application forms for Letter of Compliance with NFPA Standards submitted by municipal fire departments, entered the data from the forms into its database, and mailed the letters of compliance to NFPA standards to fire departments.  By submitting an application form, the applicant confirmed that he or she had fulfilled the necessary education/training requirements or experience requirements for the standards/levels selected.  Grandfathering was based on the information in the application being approved and validated by the fire chief of the applicant.  Becoming grandfathered does not equate to satisfying all requirements of an OFMEM certification program or bypassing the process to obtain certification, a seal from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) or a certificate from ProBoard. It allowed fire fighters a starting point into the new NFPA standards.

Candidate must receive a 70% or above to successfully complete the knowledge testing and they have two attempts to successfully complete the skill requirements. If the candidate successfully completes both knowledge and practical skill requirements, they will receive an IFSAC seal and ProBoard certification.

Certification Prerequisite & Methods of Evaluation Checklist

The following chart outlines the certification methods of evaluation for each of the NFPA standards, along with prerequisite(s).

Certification Methods of Evaluation

NFPA Standards

Prerequisites

Co-requisites

Knowledge & Practical Skill Requirements

NFPA 472, 2013 Edition – Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Incidents

NFPA 472 (2013)  Hazardous Materials Awareness (Chapter 4)

  • N/A
  • N/A

Knowledge - Written test (Proctor assigned by AS&E)

NFPA 472 (2013)

Hazardous Materials Core Operations and Mission-Specific: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Product Control (Chapter 5, 6.2 and 6.6)

  • NFPA 472, Awareness Level

  • N/A

Knowledge - Written Test (Proctor assigned by AS&E)

Practical Skills - Completion of Skill Sheets (Lead Evaluator assigned by AS&E)

NFPA 472 (2013)

Hazardous Materials Mission- Specific Competencies

(i.e., HazMat Operations Plus) (Sections 6.3, 6.4, 6.7, 6.8, 6.9)

  • NFPA 472, Awareness Level and Core Operations, PPE and Product Control Level (Chapter 4 and Chapter 5, 6.2 and 6.6)
  • N/A

Knowledge - Written Test (Proctor assigned by AS&E)

Practical Skills - Completion of Skill Sheets (Lead Evaluator assigned by AS&E)

NFPA 472 (2013) Hazardous Materials Technician (Chapter 7)

  • NFPA 472, Awareness Level, Core Operations Level, and Mission Specific Competencies Level
  • N/A

Knowledge - Written Test (Proctor assigned by AS&E)

Practical Skills - Completion of Skill Sheets (Lead Evaluator assigned by AS&E)

NFPA 1001, 2013 Edition – Fire Fighter

NFPA 1001 (2013) Fire Fighter I (Chapter 5)

Prior to entering training to meet the requirements of this standard for Fire Fighter I & II, the candidate shall meet the following Entrance Requirements of Chapter 4, which are established by the Municipal Fire Department:

  • Minimum educational requirements
  • Age requirements
  • Essential Job Tasks of NFPA 1582
  • Fitness Requirements
  • Emergency Medical Care
  • NFPA 472 or 1072, Hazardous Materials Awareness Level (Chapter 4)

  • NFPA 472 or 1072, Hazardous Materials Core Operations and Mission-Specific: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Product Control Level  (Chapter 5, 6.2 and 6.6)

Knowledge - Written Test (Proctor assigned by AS&E)

Practical Skills - Completion of Skill Sheets (Lead Evaluator assigned by AS&E)

NFPA 1001 (2013) Fire Fighter II (Chapter 6)

  • NFPA 1001, Fire Fighter Level I
  • NFPA 472 or 1072, Hazardous Materials Core Operations and Mission-Specific:, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Product Control Level (Chapter 5, 6.2 and 6.6)
  • N/A

Knowledge - Written Test (Proctor assigned by AS&E)

Practical Skills - Completion of Skill Sheets (Lead Evaluator assigned by AS&E)

NFPA 1002, 2014 Edition – Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator

NFPA 1002 (2014) Apparatus Equipped with  Fire Pump (i.e., Pump Operations) (Chapter 5)

  • Valid Ontario DZ Licence (e.g., See Section 4.1 General; Meets JPRs defined in Sections 4.2 and 4.3 of the standard)
  • NFPA 1001, Fire Fighter Level I
  • N/A

Knowledge - Written Test (Proctor assigned by AS&E) and

Practical Skills - Completion of Skill Sheets (Lead Evaluator assigned by AS&E)

NFPA 1006, 2013 Edition – Technical Rescue (Chapter 5)

NFPA 1006 (2013) Technical Rescuer (Chapter 5)

  • N/A
  • N/A

Knowledge - Written Test (Proctor assigned by AS&E) and

Practical Skills - Completion of Skill Sheets (Lead Evaluator assigned by AS&E)

NFPA 1021, 2014 Edition – Fire Officer

NFPA 1021 (2014) Fire Officer I (Chapter 4)

  • NFPA 1001, Fire Fighter Level I
  • NFPA 1001, Fire Fighter Level II
  • NFPA 1041, Fire Service Instructor Level I
  • N/A

Knowledge - Written Test (Proctor assigned by AS&E)

Practical Skills - Completion of Skill Booklet  signed by Fire Chief/Designate

NFPA 1021 (2014) Fire Officer II (Chapter 5)

  • NFPA 1021, Fire Officer Level I
  • N/A

Knowledge - Written Test (Proctor assigned by AS&E)

Practical Skills – Project/Portfolio Based Submission evaluated by Lead Instructor(s)

NFPA 1021 (2014) Fire Officer III (Chapter 6)

  • NFPA 1021, Fire Officer  Level II
  • N/A

Practical Skills - Project/Portfolio Based Submission evaluated by Lead Instructor(s)

NFPA 1021 (2014) Fire Officer IV (Chapter 7)

  • NFPA 1021, Fire Officer Level III
  • N/A

Practical Skills - Project/Portfolio Based Submission evaluated by Lead Instructor(s)

NFPA 1031, 2014 Edition – Fire Inspector

NFPA 1031 (2014) Fire Inspector I (Chapter 4)

  • NFPA 472, Hazardous Materials Awareness Level or NFPA 1072, Hazardous Materials Awareness Level

  • Legislation (Online Self-directed)
  • Fire Code Division B Part 2 and Part 6 - Fire Safety and Fire Protection Equipment
  • Fire Code Division B Part 9 - Retrofit
  • Courtroom Procedures

Knowledge - Written Test (Proctor assigned by AS&E)

Practical Skills - Skill Booklet signed by Fire Chief/Designate

NFPA 1031 (2014) Fire Inspector II (Chapter 5)

  • NFPA 1031, Fire Inspector Level I

  • Fire Code Division B Part 3 and Part 5 - Industrial, Commercial, Hazardous Materials, Processes and Operations
  • Fire Code Division B Part 4 - Flammable Liquids and Combustible Liquids

Knowledge - Written Test (Proctor assigned by AS&E)

Practical Skills - Skill Booklet signed by Fire Chief/Designate

NFPA 1033, 2014 Edition – Fire Investigator

NFPA 1033 (2014) Fire Investigator (Chapter 4)

  • N/A
  • N/A

Knowledge - Written Test (Proctor assigned by AS&E)

Practical Skills - Investigative Report submission evaluated by AS&E

NFPA 1035, 2015 Edition – Fire and Life Safety Educator

NFPA 1035 (2015) Fire and Life Safety Educator I (Chapter 4)

  • N/A
  • N/A

Knowledge - Written Test (Proctor assigned by AS&E)

Practical Skills - In Class Presentation marked by Lead Instructor(s)

NFPA 1035 (2015) Fire and Life Safety Educator II (Chapter 5)

  • NFPA 1035, Fire and Life Safety Educator Level I
  • N/A

Knowledge - Written Test (Proctor assigned by AS&E)

Practical Skills - In Class Presentation marked by Lead Instructor(s)

NFPA 1035 (2015) Public Information Officer                (Chapter 7)

  • N/A
  • N/A

Knowledge - Written Test (Proctor assigned by AS&E)

Practical Skills - Completion of Skill Booklet signed by Fire Chief/Designate

NFPA 1041, 2012 Edition – Fire Service Instructor

NFPA 1041 (2012) Fire Service Instructor I (Chapter 4)

  • N/A
  • N/A

Knowledge - Written Test (Proctor assigned by AS&E)

Practical Skills - Completion of Skill Sheets evaluated by Lead Instructor

NFPA 1041 (2012) Fire Service Instructor II (Chapter 5)

  • NFPA 1041, Fire Service Instructor  Level I
  • N/A

Knowledge - Written Test (Proctor assigned by AS&E)

Practical Skills - Completion of Skill Sheets evaluated by Lead Instructor

NFPA 1061, 2014 Edition – Public Safety Telecommunications Personnel

NFPA 1061 (2014) Public Safety Telecommunicator I (Chapter 5)

  • N/A
  • N/A

Knowledge - Written Test (Proctor assigned by AS&E)

Practical Skills - Completion of Skill Sheets (Lead Evaluator assigned by AS&E)