FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where do I find the approved forms used by Georgia Firefighter Standard and Training?

Access the "forms page" on our website to download all needed forms.  Or, contact us directly at 478-993-4521.

Who is eligible to become a state certified firefighter in Georgia?

To be state certified as a firefighter in Georgia, a person must meet each of the following requirements:

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How do I start the certification process?

You must be a member of a certified fire department in Georgia.  Contact GFSTC to request a certification package or acquire one from our website.

How do I transfer my firefighter certification from one Georgia fire department to another?

Simply contact GFSTC and request a lateral transfer form or download one from our website.  Complete the information and submit to our office.

Are other areas of certification or compliance available for other disciplines with-in the fire service?

Yes, with new legislation implemented in July 2004 and procedure approval from GFSTC, three new areas of compliance are available:

Appropriate forms are available from our office or website.

I am already a state Certified Firefighter, may I apply for compliance in another level?

Yes, as long as you have met the prerequisites for the level you are seeking.

Do I have to complete another certification package for the additional levels of compliance?

If you are currently a State Certified Firefighter, a short form for requesting compliance certificate(s) are available.

I am a current volunteer firefighter with a certified volunteer department. I have completed Module One training. Have I met the training requirements for state certification?

No. In order to meet the training requirements for state certification, you must complete "Basic Firefighter NPQ 1".  Module one is the first of three modules needed for completion of the Georgia Basic Firefighter Training Course.

Is there another way of completing "Basic Firefighter NPQ 1 Course?

Yes. Firefighters can attend the Georgia Fire Academy's "Basic Firefighter NPQ 1" program of instruction. This course includes all course work found in Modules one, two, and three. However, this course is presented in a 187 hour delivery. Another option is to complete the course as an "in-house" program instructed at the local fire department. In this model, instructors from the local fire department teach the "Basic Firefighter NPQ 1" and then schedule testing through Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training.

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I am a Volunteer Firefighter in a certified department in Georgia, can I be state certified?

Yes, as long as you meet all eligibility requirements.

I am a Volunteer Firefighter in a certified department in Georgia, am I required to be state certified?

No. Georgia law does not require a volunteer firefighter in Georgia to be state certified. If the local fire chief or authority having jurisdiction requires state certification, then you would have to be state certified. Volunteers may choose to pursue State Certification as an individual decision.

What are the annual re-certification requirements for each level of certification or compliance?

Where can I receive approved courses for the annual re-certification requirement?

Completion of state sponsored courses such as the Georgia Fire Academy, National Fire Academy, and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, (and other state and national agencies), are approved for the continuing educational hours. If approved, the department as well as other departments throughout Georgia may use in-service course(s) for re-certification requirements.

What are the required yearly core competency skills needed for firefighter re-certification?

Access our website to download the "Core Competencies", or call Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council's office @ 478-993-4521

What are the minimum training requirements for volunteer firefighters in Georgia?

Volunteer firefighters hired or appointed after July 1, 2004, just complete a basic training course as prescribed by GFSTC.  Currently, the basic training requirement for volunteers is Module one plus an approved structural fire control course.  The structural fire control course requirement has been deferred to July 1, of 2005 so that departments around the state can acquire qualified structural instructors for the live fire course requirement.  Incumbent volunteers, those hired or appointed before July 1, 2004, do not have to attend any additional training as long as they currently hold Module one or the Basic 101 certificate.  Incumbent volunteer firefighters that do not hold either certificate must either attend Module one training or successfully complete the Module one written exam as long as prerequisite training has been obtained. 

Special note:  GFSTC adopted new training requirements for Georgia's volunteer firefighters in July of 2004.  The following is a broad overview of the changes upcoming in the near future.  First, volunteer firefighters hired or appointed after July 1, 2004, will have two main categories of service.  Those categories are Support and Suppression.  Volunteer firefighters that will not be conducting live fire attack operations will be placed into the support categories.  These firefighters will be providing crucial support to the fire department through services such as vehicle maintenance, fireground rehab and support.  Again, the firefighters will not be directly responsible for live fire attack operations of any kind.  New volunteers hired or appointed after July 1, 2004, in the support role must complete Basic Firefighter Module 1.

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When and where are firefighter written tests administered?

You may access our "Schedule of NPQ Exams" to access our online calendar of testing events.

Firefighter written tests are administered at each of the following:

When and where are firefighter skill tests administered?

You may access our "Schedule of NPQ Exams" to access our online calendar of testing events.

Firefighter skill tests are administered at each of the following:

What is needed to challenge a written test?

A candidate must schedule to take a test by contacting Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training or by registering for a scheduled test at the GPSTC. The candidate must bring to the test site a picture ID and a completed test Prerequisite Form for the test they will be challenging.

What is needed to challenge a skills test?

The candidate must have successfully completed a written test on the same level within one year of challenging the skills test. The candidate must schedule to take a skills test by contacting Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training or by registering for a scheduled test at the GPSTC. The candidate must bring with them to the test site a picture ID and NFPA approved personal protective equipment (including SCBA).

How can I get a copy of my test score?

Test results are usually mailed out within 5 to 10 working days from the date of the test. To get another copy of a test score, the firefighter must send a written request for the score or come to the GFSTC office. Individual test scores are not given out over the telephone.

How do I prepare for a test?

A firefighter preparing to take a test for certification at any level should first participate in an organized training program designed to prepare them for that level. Training may be held locally or at the Georgia Fire Academy in Forsyth, Georgia. Curriculum is available for fire department delivery from the Georgia Fire Academy. Tests are based on NFPA standards for a particular level. The sheets and/or study guides are available on this web site.

If I have lost my NPQ application, how do I get a duplicate?

To get a duplicate of an NPQ application, the firefighter must send a written request or make the request in person at the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training office in Forsyth, GA.

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