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Clients frequently ask, “Will this class certify me as a XXXX?” This is actually a more complicated question that it first appears. We offer multiple “Certified” classes. These classes are certified by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ): National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), the California State Fire Marshal, etc. Students will receive a certificate certifying that they have completed the mandated training for this class. We also offer customized classes for groups that are specially designed for your specific needs. Students will receive a “Certificate of Training” with the stated coursework signed and dated by the lead instructor. All training will be done to strict NFPA skill set standards.
NFPA Standardized Training is what we provide, nothing less. But you must understand that to meet NFPA criteria, requires not only skill levels that must be met, but required training hours as well. Some of the requirements and regulations are difficult to follow.
There are several NFPA Standards that we follow. Here are the main ones:
NFPA 1006: Standard for Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications
NFPA 1670: Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents
NFPA 1983: Standard for Fire Service Life Safety Rope and System Components
NFPA 1670 and 1006 define three levels of training: Awareness, Operations and Technician.
Awareness is an 8 hours class (1-day) of knowledge and skill sets.
Operations is a 24 hour class (3-days) of intermediate knowledge and skill sets.
Technician is a minimum 40 hour class (5-days) of intermediate to advanced knowledge and skill sets.
NFPA states that here are other requirements besides minimum hours. For example, to become certified as a NFPA “Swiftwater Rescue Technician,” you will need the following:
- 40 Hour (5 day) NFPA 1670 Technical Rope Rescue Technician Course
- Either a 5-day Swiftwater Rescue 1 & 2 combination class OR the Swiftwater-1 Operations class (24 Hrs) and the Swiftwater-2 Technician (24 Hrs) Class at different times.
- Meet the requirements of Chapter 6 of NFPA 472: Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents
NFPA takes this stuff pretty serious. In our experience after training over 3000 people since 1997, 2-3 out of 10 folks complete the true “Technician Level” training, they just think they are a Technician, based on one company’s copyrighted name of the course.
“Recertification” per NFPA Standards requires taking the class in its entirety to meet certification standards.
So two questions for you …
1.) What entity has done your certification and to what level?
2.) Does the Authority having Jurisdiction (AHJ) in your area require that you have a certain certification level?