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Certification and Training - NC Fire and Rescue Instructor Certification

Instructor Certification Requirements

Instructor I Requirements

The instructor candidate must be at least 21 years of age.

The instructor candidate must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

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 equivalent.

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 equivalent.

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, the candidate must be certified a minimum of two (2) years as an Instructor II.  

To become a qualified instructor, the candidate must be certified a minimum of five (5) years in the certification subject.

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.  Effective December 7, 2011.

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 I / II.  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 I / II.  All other prerequisites will remain.

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

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 in Regional Testing – 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%.
  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.