How to Apply for a Fire Chief Credential

How to apply for a Fire Chief Credential

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The Massachusetts Fire Chiefs credentialing and recredentialing program is intended to provide the opportunity for all full-time, call and volunteer applicants to demonstrate, through recognition at the highest level, their skills, knowledge and professional achievements that benefit their respective departments and the cities or towns they serve. Such recognition is critical to the ongoing professional development of both the individual in particular and the fire service, in general.

The Fire Service Commission, consistent with its mission, is dedicated to the development, oversight, and implementation of a credible and sustainable credentialing and recredentialing program that provides the opportunity to both recognize and foster the professionalism of the individual and fire service for the benefit of the citizens of the Commonwealth. 

This credentialing program has been developed to promote career long learning, development and engagement in the fire service and is solely administered by the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission. Any officer holding the rank of Lieutenant or above shall be eligible to apply for credentialing. All qualified applicants are encouraged to participate in this voluntary program.

Any applicant aggrieved by a decision of the Fire Service Commission may petition for review for good cause. Any determination regarding review by the Commission shall be final.

NOTICE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Fire Service Commission has granted a temporary one (1) year extension to those individuals holding a valid Fire Chief credential as of January 1, 2020.  Please refer to the Memorandum above.

 

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Submit completed applications by email to: DFS.Credentialing@mass.gov

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  1. Apply for Fire Chief Credential

    Download the current application.

    Only the most current version of the application will be accepted. All previous versions will not be accepted or honored.

    Applicants are required to accumulate 100 points of approved attendance/activities over the individual’s career to date.

    Download the "FCC and FCRC Approved Trainings List - Category 7" to see most current Trainings Approved for credit in category 7. Only currently approved trainings can be listed on the application for consideration in category 7.

    If you have taken a training that does not appear on the Approved Trainings List you may download the Training Request for Credit application and submit it for consideration.

    The application must be completed it its entirety. Incomplete portfolios will delay processing and will not be accepted for review.

  2. Fire Chief Recredential

    The re-credential application process is the ONLY eligible process to maintain your Fire Chief Credential. 

    Download the current application.

    Only the most current version of the application will be accepted. All previous versions will not be accepted or honored.

    An individual wishing to maintain the Fire Chief Credential will be required to accumulate 72 points of approved attendance/activities in a consecutive 36-month period that begins on the date the latest credential was issued.

    Download the "FCC and FCRC Approved Trainings List - Category 7" to see most current Trainings Approved for credit in category 7. Only currently approved trainings can be listed on the application for consideration in category 7.

    If you have taken a training that does not appear on the Approved Trainings List you may download the Training Request for Credit application and submit it for consideration.

    The application must be completed it its entirety. Incomplete portfolios will delay processing and will not be accepted for review.

    Expired Credentials

    In the event a previously credentialed individual fails to acquire the minimum points in the consecutive 36-month period the Fire Chief Credential shall become void.

    An individual previously awarded credential who has allowed it to expire and wishes to have the credential 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 date the latest credential was issued..

    Credit will only be awarded for each of the categories if achieved during the consecutive 36-month period and cannot exceed the max points awarded per category as listed in the application.

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