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Certification Testing




A video from the Proboard about the benefits of National Certification (Length 5:36)


Certification Testing consists of a written test of 50 to 100 questions, and skills evaluations. The number and types of skills requiring to be successfully completed varies depending on the level of certification being tested. Some levels may be challenged, while the Delaware State Fire School requires some levels to be taken in conjunction with a class due to the complexity of skills and knowledge required for the cognitive written test. Outside training MAY be accepted to be eligible for the prerequisites upon issuance of a waiver or approval of the Director before applying to take a test.

All written testing is done beginning at 8am on the scheduled date, with Firefighter I & II practical skills testing to follow.


The Delaware State Fire School is accredited by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) or International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) to offer certification in the following:

Click on Dates to print/download applications.

NFPA 1001 Firefighter I   April 27, 2019 – KCD
Prerequisite:    DSFS Core Classes of Basic Firefighting Skills, Structural Firefighting Skills, Vehicle Rescue, and Haz Mat Response Skills (or equivalent of DSFS Core Classes, must be submitted in writing for approval to test), NFPA Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations, 18 years of age, Current AHA First Aid (or equivalent) or higher, Current CPR
Firefighter II April 27, 2019 – KCD
Prerequisite:    The training listed above for Firefighter I (or equivalent), NFPA Firefighter I, Current AHA First Aid (or equivalent) or higher, Current CPR
NFPA 1021 Fire Officer I April 27, 2019 – KCD
Prerequisite:    NFPA Firefighter II, Fire Instructor I
Fire Officer II April 27, 2019 – KCD
Prerequisite:    NFPA Fire Officer I
Fire Officer III April 27, 2019 – KCD
Prerequisite:    NFPA Fire Instructor II, NFPA Fire Officer II,
DSFS Fire Officer 3 Course preferred
 NFPA 1031
Fire Inspector I Scheduled NFPA Class,
See Course Catalog
Prerequisite:    High School Graduate or Equivalent, NFPA Hazardous Materials Awareness
Fire Inspector II Scheduled NFPA Class,
See Course Catalog
Prerequisite:    Current NFPA Fire Inspector I
 NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor I Scheduled DSFS Class,
See Course Catalog
Prerequisite:    DSFS Fire Instructor 1 Course, High School Graduate or Equivalent, 18 year of age
 Fire Instructor II Scheduled DSFS Class,
See Course Catalog
Prerequisite:   DSFS Fire Instructor 2 Course, NFPA Firefighter I, NFPA Fire Instructor I
 NFPA 1072* Hazardous Materials – Awareness

April 27, 2019 – KCD

Prerequisite:   DSFS Hazardous Materials Awareness Class or NFPA Hazardous Materials Awareness Course (accepted upon approval by Director) *See Note Below
Hazardous Materials – Operations

April 27, 2019 – KCD

Prerequisite:    DSFS Haz Mat Response Skills or NFPA Hazardous Materials Operations Course (accepted upon approval by Director) *See Note Below
Hazardous Materials – Technician Scheduled DSFS Class,
See Course Catalog
Prerequisite:    NFPA Hazardous Materials Operations (Awareness & Operations also available in course) *See Note Below
NFPA 472* Hazardous Materials – Branch Officer Special DSFS Class
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Prerequisite:  NFPA Hazardous Materials Technician *See Note Below
Hazardous Materials – Safety Officer Special DSFS Class
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Prerequisite:  NFPA Hazardous Materials Officer, NFPA Incident Safety Officer *See Note Below
NFPA 1002 Driver Operator  – Pumper  Cancelled – Next Offering Spring 2019
Prerequisite:    NFPA Firefighter I
Driver/Operator – Aerial Cancelled – Next Offering Spring 2019
Prerequisite:    NFPA Firefighter I
NFPA 1006 Rope Rescue Technician Level 1 &2 Special Class Scheduling Required – Contact Us
Prerequisite:   18 years of age, Current EMR or higher, Current CPR, NFPA Rescue Core Requirements – Available with course
Confined Space Rescue Technician Level 1 &2 Special Class Scheduling Required – Contact Us
Prerequisite:   18 years of age, Current EMR or higher, Current CPR, NFPA Rescue Core Requirements – Available with course
Vehicle Rescue Technician Level 1 &2 Special Class Scheduling Required – Contact Us
Prerequisite:   18 years of age, Current EMR or higher, Current CPR, NFPA Rescue Core Requirements – Available with course
NFPA 1081 Incipient Brigade Special Class Scheduling Required
Prerequisite:   NFPA Hazardous Materials Awareness, Industrial Brigade Employee (Special Class)
Advanced Exterior Brigade Special Class Scheduling Required
Prerequisite:   NFPA Incipient Brigade, Industrial Brigade Employee (Special Class)
NFPA 1521 Incident Safety Officer April 27, 2019 – KCD
Prerequisite:  NFPA Fire Officer I

*The Delaware State Fire School was recently accredited to the new NFPA 1072-2017 Standards for Hazardous Materials for Awareness, Operations, and Technician. Anyone candidates attempting to sign up to test holding national certification at the 472 level are allowed to sit for testing. The Branch Officer and Branch Safety Officer shall remain NFPA 472, with both NFPA 472 and NFPA 1072 as allowable prerequisites to sit for testing until the next re-accreditation period.


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