The Office of the Fire Marshal certifies firefighters to the Ontario Fire Service Standards based on criteria developed by the Ontario Fire Service Certification Council, and approved by the Office of the Fire Marshal and the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs.
The Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997, in Part III, clause 9(2)(d) provides authority to the Fire Marshal for the training and evaluation of firefighters.
Certification formally acknowledges that a firefighter in Ontario meets the recognized job performance standards and educational/training requirements as approved by the Office of the Fire Marshal and agreed to by the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs.
Certification is not a means of determining who shall participate in the practice or profession of firefighting and its related activities. A lack of certification is only an indication that the individual has not applied for or fulfilled the requirements of certification.
Accreditation is a voluntarily sought status that provides third party recognition to an educational entity that has been found to meet or exceed stated criteria of educational quality.