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Certification Testing

Entire Certification Program Manual (eff. January 2022)

Eligibility for firefighter examination is based on receipt of an individual’s application at the Austin office. If an application has not been submitted, e-mail a fully completed and signed (fire chief, certification coordinator and applicant) application to Certification Staff at certification@sffma.org. Be sure to note that the submission is to establish exam eligibility and the specific testing session.


Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations

  • Holds a previously issued Intermediate Firefighter certificate
  • Holds a previously issued Module 3: Firefighter I (Completion) certificate
  • Has received an eligibility letter from SFFMA

Firefighter I

  • Holds a previously issued Intermediate Firefighter certificate
  • Holds a previously issued Module 3: Firefighter I (Completion) certificate
  • Has received an eligibility letter from SFFMA

Firefighter II

  • Holds a previously issued Advanced Firefighter certificate
  • Holds a previously issued Module 4: Firefighter II (Advanced) certificate
  • Has received an eligibility letter from SFFMA

To receive an endorsement letter, department must:

  • meet all participation requirements:
    1. Department dues and Individual Member dues are current
    2. Certification Coordinator is current on CC Workshop requirement
    3. Coordinator’s provisional approval period has not expired if applicable
  • Submit fully completed application for processing:
    1. SIGNED by the candidate, Fire Chief, and Certification Coordinator
    2. Fee(s) invoiced and paid
    3. Candidate’s direct e-mail address and all required personal information on file in GrowthZone (full name, date of birth, last 4 of Social Security number)
    4. All training and prerequisites for discipline must be completed and fully documented
    5. Courage to be Safe
    6. Traffic Incident Management (required for Firefighter I & II)
    7. Training fully documented (100%) in Growth Zone or clear completion documents submitted with application. Applicants for Firefighter I must also complete 1001: FF I Trng (Prereq to Start Live Fire)