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Certification and Training - Transfer Reciprocity

Reciprocity-Transfer of Certifications from another State

The North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission approved the following process for reciprocity at their April 21, 2015 Quarterly Meeting. The process takes effect April 21, 2015.

Reciprocity

Reciprocity will only be granted for certifications that are accredited by either the International Fire Service Accreditation (IFSAC) or the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro-Board).

The North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission will not grant reciprocity for certifications to members of North Carolina Departments for certifications taken through an out‐of‐state delivery agency if those certification programs are offered in NC.

Reciprocity will not be granted for non-IFSAC/Pro-Board certifications. Those certifications are:

  • Chief 101
  • Emergency Vehicle Driver
  • Rescue Officer
  • Agriculture Rescue

Reciprocity will not be allowed for the following management level certifications:

  • Fire Officer (NFPA 1021; all levels)
  • Fire/Rescue Instructor (NFPA 1041; all levels)
  • Fire Marshal (NFPA 1037)
  • Fire Investigator (NFPA 1033)

Equivalent credit will not be allowed to satisfy requirements for the Fire/Rescue Instructor qualification process of the various accredited subjects. Candidates must attend Qualification School in order to fulfill North Carolina’s subject qualification requirement.

Requesting Reciprocity

The North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission will recognize and accept certification certificates from any entity accredited by IFSAC or the Pro-Board.

candidate must meet all pre‐requisite(s) of the certification(s) for which reciprocity is being sought.

A candidate shall complete a Reciprocity Packet. The packet will contain the following:

Copy of original certificates with accreditation statement/seal

Must include the level certified and the date of issue as annotated on the original certificate.

Copy of original certificates with accreditation (IFSAC or Pro Board) entity name/statement, seal, number, the level certified and the date of issue.

Incomplete reciprocity requests will not be processed

Once a candidate’s application is received and deemed complete, the candidate will be allowed to attend a regional test site for the certification exam for each requested certification.

Candidate must pass the exam with a score of 80%.

If a candidate fails on the first attempt, the candidate is allowed a retest at another regional testing site.

Any candidate that fails the retest will not be granted reciprocity and must take the NC certification class and pass the certification exam in order to become certified.

Upon successful completion of the certification exam, the candidate will receive a North Carolina certification(s).

Pre‐requisite(s) credit (equivalent credit)

The North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission recognizes and accepts certifications accredited by any IFSAC or Pro-Board entity as being equivalent to the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission certification for comparable titled levels.

Under this reciprocity provision, eligible candidates, may progress within the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission certification programs using external IFSAC or Pro-Board accredited certifications to meet the prerequisites as identified by each specific program. This provision is applicable without retesting or recertifying the lower level certifications.

The candidate must meet all pre‐requisite(s) of the certification(s) for which equivalent credit is being sought.

A candidate shall complete an Equivalent Credit Packet. The packet will contain the following:

  • Reciprocity Application
  • Copy of original certificates with accreditation (IFSAC or Pro Board) entity name/statement, seal, number, the level certified and the date of issue.

Once processed, a student record will be established and equivalent credit will appear for the approved reciprocity equivalent credit.

The matrix below details the accepted NCFRC program areas.

NC Program

Entrance Requirements

Prerequisite Requirements

 

Education

Age

Yrs of Service

NC Certs

IFSAC

IFSAC

Airport FF HS  or GED 18 None   FF 2 HM Ops
D/O Pumps HS  or GED 18 None D/O EVD FF 1  
D/O Aerial HS  or GED 18 None D/O EVD FF 1  
FLSE 2 HS  or GED 18 None   FLSE 1  
FLSE 3 HS  or GED 18 None   FLSE 2  
Instructor 2 HS  or GED 23 5 yrs as FF2, TR, or FLSE   Instructor 1  
Instructor 3 HS  or GED 25 7 yrs as FF2, TR, or FLSE   Instructor 2  
Officer 2 HS  or GED 23 5 yrs as FF2   Instructor 1 Officer 1
Officer 3 HS  or GED 25 7 yrs as FF2   Instructor 1 Officer 2
Officer 4 HS  or GED 27 9 yrs as FF2   Instructor 1 Officer 3
HM - PPE HS  or GED 18 None   HM Operations  
HM - Decon HS  or GED 18 None   HM Operations  
HM - Air HS  or GED 18 None   HM Operations  
HM - Technician HS  or GED 18 None   HM Operations  
Marine FF HS  or GED 18 None   FF 2  
TR - CSR HS  or GED 18 None   TR - General HM Operations
TR - Rope HS  or GED 18 None   TR - General HM Operations
TR - Structural HS  or GED 18 None   TR - General HM Operations
TR - Water Rescue HS  or GED 18 None   TR - General and TR - Ropes HM Operations
TR - Trench HS  or GED 18 None   TR - General HM Operations
TR - VMR HS  or GED 18 None   TR - General HM Operations
TR - Wilderness HS  or GED 18 None   TR - General HM Operations