How do I reinstate my firefighter certification?


How do I know if I need to be recertified?

Any individual who was previously issued Fire Fighter I certification by the commission, and whose Fire Fighter I has expired, may be recertified by successfully completing a recertification course as prescribed by the commission. The requirements for recertification shall not be construed as to preclude any employing agency from requiring any individual to complete any training required by the employing agency.

How can I defer my certification expiration?

If the individual is actively engaged in an approved post-secondary degree program in Fire Science or closely related subject or a certificate or degree program in Emergency Medical Services the expiration can be deferred. An Application for Extension must be made prior to the expiration of the certificate. Download application.

What is an expired status?

A firefighter has an expired status if the firefighter has not maintained fire service employment over one year from the last date of termination from a fire department. Fire service employment is any paid municipal, county, state or  federal occupation that requires the candidate, as his primary duty, to actively and routinely engage in fire protection services. Volunteer status is not sufficient to maintain Fire Fighter I certification. A fire fighter’s current employment record must be maintained at the Alabama Fire College to maintain current active status.

How do I check my current status?

Email to check your current status.

Fire Fighter I Recertification Process

Step 1

Register for a Fire Fighter I Recertification class

Fire Fighter I Recertification

  • Self-sponsored students who are not affiliated with a department will train through the Alabama Fire College or a Regional Training Center
  • Department-sponsored students can train through their department

Step 2

Complete the following prerequisites

  1. Physical Statement
  2. Successful completion of Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) within 12 months of start date
  3. Prior to Certification as a Fire Fighter I (Pro Board or IFSAC) Certified Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations

Additional Information

Reinstatement of the Fire Fighter I certification shall reinstate any certifications expired under this provision.

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