The Department of Fire Services has established a multi-level training process of credentialing fire prevention officers. This training will prepare officers to receive credentials for each level of the training from the State Fire Marshal.
The requirements for a fire prevention officer are ever expanding and more complicated than ever before. In today’s world the fire prevention officer needs to be thoroughly familiar with the fundamentals of firefighting, hazardous materials, fire protection systems, fire inspection principles, Mass General Laws (MGL), Massachusetts Fire and Building Codes, and national standards (i.e., National Fire Protection Association and International Code Family).
FIRE PREVENTION OFFICER CREDENTIALING PROCESS
The Fire Prevention Credential Program is to acknowledge the fire prevention officers committed to their professional development and is NOT a requirement to be certified as a Fire Inspector. It is not the intent to set standards or qualifications for an individual to hold the designation of Fire Prevention Officer but to establish credentials based on education, training and experience criteria relevant to serving as the Prevention Officer.
The Continuing Education component is designed to encourage that new achievement is made during each consecutive 3-year period. This includes remaining current and active with organizations and committees and by keeping your certifications current, if they require continuing education. The goal is to assist the credentialed Fire Prevention Officer in maintaining a higher level of professionalism within the fire service after initial credentialing.
INITIAL CREDENTIAL PROCESS
Initial Credentials are issued by the State Fire Marshal to any Massachusetts fire service individual upon the successful completion of the respective Massachusetts Firefighting Training course.
The Fire Prevention Officer - Basic Credential is achieved by registering and completing the Fire Prevention Officer Basic online course. There is no expiration for this Basic Level Credential.
The Fire Prevention Officer - Level I (FPOI) Initial Credential is achieved by registering and successfully completing the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Fire Prevention Officer –Level I course. This credential expires 36 months from date of issuance and requires the individual to follow the re-credential process outlined below to maintain an active status.
The Fire Prevention Officer - Level II (FPOII) Initial Credential is achieved by registering and successfully completing the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Fire Prevention Officer –Level II course. This credential expires 36 months from date of issuance and requires the individual to follow the re-credential process outlined below to maintain an active status.
RE- CREDENTIAL PROCESS
The Fire Prevention Officer - Level I (FPOI) and the Fire Prevention Officer - Level II (FPOII) credentials have an expiration of 36 months from the date of issuance.
An individual wishing to maintain the Fire Prevention Officer Credential – Level I will be required to accumulate 36 points of approved attendance/activities in a consecutive 36-month period that begins on the date of issuance of the Fire Prevention Officer Credential.
An individual wishing to maintain the Fire Prevention Officer Credential – Level II will be required to accumulate 72 points of approved attendance/activities in a consecutive 36-month period that begins on the date of issuance of the Fire Prevention Officer Credential.
In the event a previously credentialed individual fails to acquire the minimum points in the consecutive 36-month period, the Fire Prevention Officer Credential shall become void.
An individual previously awarded credential by the State Fire Marshal who has allowed it to expire, and wishes to have the credentialing reinstated, will be required to comply with the current minimum standards established for “re-credentialing”.
Minimum standards are defined as: accumulating the required points of approved attendance/activities in a consecutive 36-month period from the date of the submitted application and not prior to the initial credential date.
The Re-Credential Application Process is the ONLY eligible process to be re-credentialed at your current level. If you choose to retake the Fire Prevention Officer – Level I or Level II courses, the points awarded for the class can be used in your re-credential application but will NOT re-credential you with a new expiration date.
How To Use the Fire Prevention Officer Information and Forms
- The MATRIX is a summary of the maximum required points for the respective criteria area within the application
- The correct APPLICATION must be used for the respective credential level
- Re-credential is ONLY required to the highest level achieved
- The SAMPLE application is a guide as to how to complete the applications
- The APPROVED TRAININGS LIST includes all evaluated training programs and their respective credit to be included in an application
- The TRAINING REQUEST FOR CREDIT APPLICATION is to be used if there is a training that does not appear on the Approved Trainings List with credit or you would like to challenge the awarded credit This application MUST be submitted and the training receive an Approval # prior to including the training in a re-credential application.
- The NFPA STANDARD 1031 link is for use with the training Request for Credit Application
Submit Completed Applications (including all required documentation) electronically to
HARD COPY APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
If you have any questions, please contact
Fire Officer Professional Development Coordinator