Links Between Standards and Certification

Pathways to Certification

In order for candidates to attain certification, they MUST complete both the knowledge (written) and practical skill requirements listed in the specific NFPA standard.

Knowledge

As defined in published NFPA Professional Qualifications Standards, Requisite Knowledge is “Fundamental knowledge one must have in order to perform a specific task”. This can be acquired by referring to the various suggested readings in the Standardized Curriculum Forms (SCFs). Information used to construct multiple choice test questions in the Provincial certification exam are derived from these materials.

With the transition to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards, Academic Standards and Evaluation (AS&E) have developed Standardized Curriculum Forms (SCF), for the Ontario Fire College (OFC), Fire Departments (FDs), Colleges of Applied Art & technology (CAATs), and registered Private Career Colleges (PCCs) to utilize for the delivery of common standardized curriculum.

The SCFs reference IFSTA and Jones & Bartlett textbooks along with any Ontario specific resources that individuals will need to successfully complete certification.  The SCFs also provide test weighting for each Job Performance Requirement (JPR) in the NFPA standard.

The SCF references percentages of multiple choice questions that will appear on the Provincial certification exam for knowledge-based testing. Questions are validated by a Provincial Advisory Committee (PAC), and used for knowledge-based testing of those seeking certification. A mark of 70% or better is required to receive a “Pass” on the knowledge test.

Practical Skills

As defined in published NFPA Professional Qualifications Standards, requisite skills are “The essential skills one must have in order to perform a specific task”. These can be acquired by referring to the suggested readings which have been identified in the Official Skill Sheets for Practical Skills Evaluation booklets. These booklets are used by AS&E to evaluate requisite skill requirements for those seeking certification to various NFPA standards.

Practical skill requirements could include: 1) completing the Official Skill Sheets for Practical Skills Evaluation designed by AS&E, 2) post course assignments or 3) performing specific practical skill revolutions for assigned lead evaluators to sign-off on.   

It is mandatory that the page entitled “Verification of Successful Completion of Practical Skills Course” (usually page 6 in most Skill Booklets) always be submitted to the OFMEM once completing all the practical skills for this course, this also includes any post course assignment.  Failure to do so will result in failure of the skills portion of the certification requirement. It will also make the candidate ineligible to receive certificate with IFSAC seal and Pro Board application. Candidates should contact their Instructor, Fire Chief or designate in the event of any difficulties in meeting this requirement.

It is vital that both the course instructor and AS&E be able to read and understand all of the candidate's written documentation for each of the skills.  Every effort must be taken to write or print legibly. If any documentation cannot be read, that skill will be failed.

AS&E currently has fact sheets, Standardized Curriculum Forms and Official Skill Sheets for Practical Skills Evaluation for the following NFPA standards:

NFPA 1021 (add link)

NFPA 1041(add link)

NFPA 1031 (add link)

NFPA 1061 (add link)

NFPA 1002 (add link)

NFPA 1033 (add link)

NFPA 1001 (add link)