How do I transfer my certification?

Below, we highlight how to transfer your Fire Fighter I (employment) Certification Training or your Volunteer Firefighter Certification from other states or entities.

Transfer Fire Fighter I (for employment) Certification Training from Another Entity/State

For training meeting NFPA 1001 Level I (II)) Please note: To work in the State of Alabama as a career/paid firefighter, an individual must meet the training hour requirements (360 hours per State law) and the certification requirements. Download the requirements here.

Step 1

Submit Your Application

Submit an Application for Certification to the chief officer of the fire department that is considering employment. The completed application should include (not limited to):

  • Copy of a Pro Board or IFSAC Fire Fighter I, I/II, II (NFPA 1001, Level I (required) and II (if applicable) certificate
  • Copy of a Pro Board or IFSAC Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operational (NFPA 472 or 1072) (to include Mission Specific 6.2 and 6.6) certificate
  • Official training academy transcript, syllabus, class records, schedules, etc. documenting training hours and topics for Fire Fighter I (& II, if applicable). Training Entity contact information must be included. Training must be verified.

Step 2

Application Package Forwarded

The chief officer will forward the candidate’s completed application package, signed by the chief officer of a municipal, county,  or state firefighting agency within the State of Alabama to the Alabama Fire College Certification Office.

Please note: The point of contact for the submitted package will be the chief officer of the department. All communication from the AFC regarding the approval status will be with the chief officer only.

Step 3

Start Your Journey

The chief officer will be notified in writing (or email) by the Certification Office of the candidate’s status. The candidate may be required to perform additional training.

APPROVED APPLICATIONS:

  • The candidate will be required to sit for the Fire Fighter I (& II, if applicable) Challenge Exam; please note that skills testing may also be required.
  • Challenge Exam is 75 questions per level (FFI and FFII). Questions are validated to the current Instructional Manual and the current textbook, IFSTA’s, Essentials of Fire Fighting and Fire Department Operations, 6th edition.


PRIOR TO SCHEDULING A CHALLENGE EXAM:

  • An Alabama Fire College Notice of Employment, Physical Statement, and CPAT form must be on file with the Certification Office before Challenge Exam can be scheduled.
  • Additional training or certifications required as prerequisites must be successfully completed prior to scheduling of Challenge Exam.

POINTS TO CONSIDER

  • Candidate must not have been separated from the fire service for a period greater than five (5) years immediately preceding the application.
  • Firefighter training hours must meet or exceed 360 hours in the Job Performance requirements listed in NFPA 1001.
  • The Application for Certification submitted by a department is in no way binding either for the employer or employee as a basis for employment.

Transfer Volunteer Firefighter Certification from Another Entity/State

(For training meeting NFPA 1001 Level I) Please note: This equivalency recognition can only result in Volunteer Fire Fighter Certification in the State of Alabama. Alabama Administrative Code Requirements

Step 1

Submit Your Application

Submit an Application for Certification to the chief officer of your volunteer/combination fire department. The completed application should include (but not limited to):

  • Copy of a Pro Board or IFSAC Fire Fighter I (NFPA 1001, Level I (required) certificate
  • Copy of a Pro Board or IFSAC Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operational (NFPA 472 or 1072) (to include Mission Specific 6.2 and 6.6) certificate
  • Official training academy transcript, syllabus, class records, schedules, etc. documenting training hours and topics for Fire Fighter I (& II, if applicable). Training Entity contact information must be included. Training must be verified.
  • Other certifications the individual may hold

Step 2

Application Forwarded

The chief officer will forward the candidate’s completed application package, signed by the chief officer of a volunteer, municipal, county or state firefighting agency within the State of Alabama to the Alabama Fire College Certification Office.

Please note: The point of contact for the submitted package will be the chief officer of the department. All communication from the AFC regarding the approval status will be with the chief officer only.

Step 3

Candidate is Contacted

The chief officer will be notified in writing (or email) by the Certification Office of the candidate’s status. The candidate may be required to perform additional training.

APPROVED APPLICATIONS:

  • The candidate will be required to sit for the Volunteer Fire Fighter Challenge Exam; please note that skills testing may also be required.
  • Challenge Exam is 75 questions. Questions are validated to the current Instructional Manual and the current textbook, IFSTA’s, Essentials of Fire Fighting and Fire Department Operations, 6th edition.

PRIOR TO SCHEDULING A CHALLENGE EXAM:

  • Additional training or certifications required as prerequisites must be successfully completed prior to scheduling of Challenge Exam.

POINTS TO CONSIDER

  • Candidate must not have been separated from the fire service for a period greater than five (5) years immediately preceding the application.
  • Firefighter training hours must meet or exceed 160 hours in the Job Performance requirements listed in NFPA 1001.

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