Under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act (1997), clause 9(2)(d), the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) has the responsibility:
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.
In order to meet this obligation, the OFM, in collaboration with the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) has developed a comprehensive system that supports the professionalization of the Ontario fire service. This professionalization process includes fire service education and training, to professional occupational standards that include the Ontario Fire Service Standards, developed by the OAFC as well as NFPA Standards.
Provincial testing that leads to certification is offered to eligible candidates from the Ontario Fire College, at regional delivery sites, to graduates of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training Program, and to candidates from partnering fire departments and agencies.
The OFM is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualification (ProBoard). As a result of this third party accreditation, the OFM can offer certification to candidates who successfully complete designated programs and courses.