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Certification and Training - NC Fire and Rescue Instructor Certification

Effective July 01, 2016

Instructor Certification Requirements – July 01, 2016
Instructor I Requirements
  • The instructor candidate must be at least 21 years of age.
  • The instructor candidate must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Complete the OSFM Approved Instructor I course.
  • The instructor candidate must be certified a minimum of three (3) years as a FF II, TR, or FLSE.
Instructor II Requirements
  • The instructor candidate must be at least 21 years of age.
  • The instructor candidate must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Complete the OSFM Approved Instructor II course
  • The instructor candidate must be certified a minimum of five (5) years as a FF II, TR, or FLSE.
Instructor III Requirements
  • The instructor candidate must be at least 21.
  • The instructor candidate must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • The instructor candidate must be certified a minimum of two (2) years as an Instructor II.
  • The instructor candidate must be certified a minimum of seven (7) years as a FF II, TR, or FLSE.
Qualification Areas for Instructor II –

To become a qualified instructor:

  • Candidate must be certified as, both Instructor I and Instructor II, by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission.
  • Candidate must complete an approved Instructor Indoctrination Course. (Fire and Rescue training schedule)
  • Candidate must be certified a minimum of three (3) years in the certification subjects of Haz-Mat Operations (NFPA 472), Firefighter (NFPA 1001), Technical Rescuer (NFPA 1006; Chapters 05 and 06), Technical Rescuer Vehicle (NFPA 1006; Chapter 10), or Fire and Life Safety Educator (NFPA 1035).
  • Candidate must be certified a minimum of five (5) years in all certification subjects except for Haz-Mat Operations (NFPA 472), Firefighter (NFPA 1001), Technical Rescuer (NFPA 1006; Chapters 05 and 06), Technical Rescuer Vehicle (NFPA 1006; Chapter 10), or Fire and Life Safety Educator (NFPA 1035).
Subject Specific Requirements Qualification Areas for Instructor II –

To become a Live Fire qualified instructor, the candidate must be qualified a minimum of five (5) years in the accredited area of Fire Fighter. All other prerequisites will remain.

To become a LP Gas qualified instructor, the candidate must be qualified a minimum of five (5) years in the accredited area of Fire Fighter. All other prerequisites will remain.

To become a TR Ropes qualified instructor, the candidate must be certified a minimum of five (5) years in the accredited area of TR Ropes (Chapter 06 Ropes). All other prerequisites will remain.

To become a TR Confined Space qualified instructor, the candidate must be certified a minimum of five (5) years in the accredited area of TR Confined Space (Chapter 07 Confined Space). All other prerequisites will remain.

To become a TR Trench qualified instructor, the candidate must be certified a minimum of five (5) years in the accredited area of TR Trench (Chapter 08 Trench). All other prerequisites will remain.

To become a TR Structural Collapse qualified instructor, the candidate must be certified a minimum of five (5) years in the accredited area of TR Structural Collapse (Chapter 09 Structural Collapse). All other prerequisites will remain.

To become a TR Water Rescue qualified instructor, the candidate must be certified a minimum of five (5) years in the accredited area of TR Water Rescue (Chapter 11 Surface Water and Chapter 12 Swift Water). All other prerequisites will remain.

To become a TR Wilderness Rescue qualified instructor, the candidate must be certified a minimum of five (5) years in the accredited area of TR Wilderness Rescue (Chapter 16 Wilderness Rescue). All other prerequisites will remain.

To become a Hazardous Materials Technician qualified instructor, the candidate must be certified a minimum of five (5) years in the accredited area of Hazardous Materials Technician (NFPA 472). All other prerequisites will remain.

To become a Fire Officer I-IV qualified instructor, the candidate must be certified a minimum of five (5) years in the accredited area of Fire Officer I-IV they wish to qualify for (NFPA 1021). All other prerequisites will remain.

To become an Instructor I and II qualified instructor, the candidate must be certified a minimum of ten (10) years as a Level II Instructor, hold a degree from a Regional Accredited Institution (minimum of an Associate's Degree), and pass the qualification exam with a score of 80 (Fire Instructor I and II). All other prerequisites will remain.

To become an Instructor III qualified instructor, the candidate must be qualified to teach Fire Instructor I and II, certified a minimum of five (5) years as a Fire Instructor III, and pass the qualification exam with a score of 80 (Fire Instructor III). All other prerequisites will remain.

Subject Specific Exceptions for Qualification Areas for Instructor II –

To become qualified in new programs, the candidate will be required to obtain certification in the subject with no time requirement for holding certification for the first 2 years of the inception of the new program. After the first two years of a new program release the candidate will be required to be certified in the subject for five years. This exception was approved by the NCFRC; December 07, 2011.

To become a TR Water Rescue qualified instructor, the candidate must be certified a minimum of five (5) years in the accredited area of TR Water Rescue (Chapter 11 Surface Water and Chapter 12 Swift Water). All other prerequisites will remain.

  • This new program area was approved for the NCFRC; January 01, 2011. The two-year exception for TR Water Rescue expired January 01, 2013.

To become a Technical Rescuer qualified instructor, the candidate must be certified in TR Ropes (Chapter 06) or as a Technical Rescuer (Chapters 05 and 06 combined). All other prerequisites will remain.

  • Changes to the TR program area were approved for the NCFRC; April 21, 2015. This exception for Technical Rescuer will expire January 01, 2018.
Re-qualification Option for Instructor II –

Qualified Instructors must requalify in subject areas accredited by IFSAC and/or Pro Board every five (5) years or as the standard is revised. Qualified Instructors, who lose their qualification due to missing one of these mandatory re-qualifications, may become re-qualified by the following options:

  1. Qualifications delivered through Qualification School – the Instructor must register and successfully complete the qualification requirement which includes meeting any applicable pre-requisites and passing the job knowledge exam with a passing grade of 80%, and any additional requirements set forth by Qualification School testing.
  2. Qualifications delivered by Field Testing – the Instructor must register with the Field Service Supervisor and successfully complete the classroom portion and defined qualification requirements. The Field Service Supervisor will define these requirements as they are course specific. Any defined qualification requirements will include, but are not limited to, meeting any applicable pre- requisites and passing the job knowledge exam with a passing grade of 80%. This option can only be utilized within the first two (2) years following a subject’s revision date.
  3. If #2 is not applicable, then the Instructor must successfully complete the entire qualification process to reacquire any lost qualification.