EMS & Fire Certifications

Fire Instructor Certification

“Fire instructor” means an individual who holds a certificate to teach firefighter (Volunteer Firefighter, Firefighter I, and/or Firefighter II) training courses issued by the chief executive officer of the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services pursuant to section 4765.55 of the Revised Code and Chapter 4765-21 of the Administrative Code. Fire instructors may only teach courses at or below the level of their fire training certificate.

Course Entrance Requirements

Prior to admission into a fire instructor course, an individual shall meet all of the following requirements:

  • Possess a current firefighter certificate issued under section 4765.55 of the Ohio Revised Code and 4765-20-02 of the Ohio Administrative Code that is in good standing;
  • In the preceding seven years, have at least five years of experience as a certified firefighter;
  • Successfully pass the knowledge examination as set forth in rule 4765-20-06 of the Ohio Administrative Code at the firefighter II level.

Ohio Administrative Code: 4765-21-02

 

Qualifications

An applicant for a fire instructor certificate shall meet all of the following requirements:

  • Submit a completed “Fire Instructor, Assistant Fire Instructor and/or Fire Safety Inspector Instructor Initial Application;”
  • In the preceding seven years, have been certified for at least five years as a firefighter;
  • Possess a current and valid firefighter certificate that is in good standing;
  • Successfully pass the instructor knowledge examination as set forth in rule 4765-20-06 of the Administrative Code at the firefighter II level;
  • Successfully complete a fire instructor training course as set forth in paragraph (A) of rule 4765-11-15 of the Ohio Administrative Code;
  • Successfully pass the instructional methods examination, as set forth in rule 4765-20-06 of the Ohio Administrative Code;
  • Comply with the requirements for a firefighter certificate as set forth in paragraphs (A)(5) to (A)(6) of 4765-20-02 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

NOTE: An applicant for a fire instructor certificate who wishes to provide instruction in any live fire training courses, shall successfully complete the “Live Fire Training Operations Course” through an Ohio chartered fire training program.

Ohio Administrative Code: 4765-21-03

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