Academic Standards and Evaluation
Who Are We?
Under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997, clause 9(2)(d), the Fire Marshal has the duty to develop training programs and evaluation systems for persons involved in the provision of fire protection services and to provide programs to improve practices relating to fire protection services.
The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM), through Academic Standards & Evaluation (AS&E), is the certifying body for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards in Ontario. We are accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board®). The OFMEM is the only Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for Ontario certification.
What are AS&E’s responsibilities?
- To provide instructional guidance through development of Standardized Curriculum Forms (SCFs) for all National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) courses at the Ontario Fire College (OFC), Fire Departments (FDs), Colleges of Applied Art & Technology (CAATs) and registered Private Career Colleges (PCCs);
- To prepare and administer knowledge (written) testing and practical skills evaluation for all accredited NFPA levels and their latest Standard Edition within two years of release;
- To maintain certification data for every individual that undertakes certification testing; and
- To maintain and achieve re-accreditation for all accredited NFPA levels through meeting requirements of mandatory IFSAC and Pro Board Site Team Visits (audits of AHJ) once every five years
How can I to become certified?
AS&E can provide fact sheets, Standardized Curriculum Forms and Practical Skills Booklets for the following NFPA Standards:
To request an electronically copy of these resource materials, please email OFMtestingandcertification@ontario.ca and indicate the NFPA standard in your email.