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Massachusetts Fire Service Certification System

Information on the voluntary certification system for MA firefighters

The Massachusetts Fire Training Council (MFTC) is the sole statutory authority to certify the Massachusetts fire service. The Governor appointed Council meets regularly to discuss and develop policies which drive the certification system. The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy is the operational arm of the Council and develops examinations to various professional qualification standards. It also administers these examinations and documents all activities of certification candidates.

The Massachusetts Public Safety Fire Investigator Certification Coalition (MPSFICC) is comprised of three members from the following state agencies; the Massachusetts Fire Training Council, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council. This coalition, under the authority of the Secretary of Public Safety, develops policies that direct fire investigator certification. Like the MFTC, the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy is the operational arm of the Coalition.

About Firefighter Certification

Fire service certification is provided to stimulate professional development in the Massachusetts fire service which allows firefighters to demonstrate their ability to meet professional qualification standards through an objective measure of their professional knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Certification is an entirely voluntary process, but some local fire departments may require some levels of certification.

The Massachusetts Fire Training Council has the statutory authority, under Massachusetts General law Chapter 670, Section 165A, to administer the fire service certification process in the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Fire Training Council is a board appointed by the governor made up of representatives of the major fire service organizations of the state and citizens of the Commonwealth.

Download this pamphlet that describes the Massachusetts Firefighter Certification Process.


Find out more about Firefighter Certification

To find out more about the firefighter certification process or to sign up for an exam, log onto the DFS Learning Management System.

Additional Resources for

Requesting a Closed Exam

Fire departments or training districts can request a closed examination using the online Course Request Form.

All requests must be received at least 60 days before any anticipated exam date. The approval of a request is dependent on availability of facilities, funding and personnel.

MFA reviews and approves requests on a first come, first serve basis. We reserve the right to change, add candidates, and/or combine approved dates, locations, and times based on continuing numbers of applicants.

Exams must be scheduled enough in advance so that candidates can be notified and have enough time to apply before the deadline, which is at least 21 days before the exam.