January 27, 2018: Due to upcoming website changes the Certification Board has waived submission of the 2017 Progress Report
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The first step toward participation is for the department's Fire Chief to name a Certification Coordinator. An eligible candidate is at least 18 years of age, maintains active SFFMA individual membership, and trains a minimum of 20 hours per year (including continuing education). To maintain the integrity of the Certification Program and avoid any questions of impropriety, the department’s fire chief cannot also serve in this position. This rule ensures a minimum of two department representatives verify and sign all submitted documentation.
Interested applicants should read over and understand the minimum requirements and duties of the position prior to submitting an application form.
Fax the completed application, signed by the fire chief and applicant, to the Austin office at 512.453.1876 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon receipt of the application, the Austin staff will email the applicant immediate access to the SFFMA Online database and an invoice for the processing fee. Once the Austin staff receives the fee, they update the department’s record and issue a coordinator certificate.
A department can reinstate a previously certified coordinator without application or fees as long as he or she was not provisionally certified, and meets the current standard for a Full Coordinator. The fire chief must submit (fax or email is accepted) a reinstatement request on department letterhead.