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Certification and Training - NC Fire and Rescue Instructor Certification

Instructor Certification Requirements - April 21, 2015

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 a minimum of two (2) years as an Instructor II. The candidate’s instructor certifications, both Instructor I and Instructor II, must be issued by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission.
  • 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. This exception was approved by the NCFRC; December 07, 2011.

Subject Specific Requirements and/or Exceptions for 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 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 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.

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.