EMS & Fire Certifications

Firefighter Certification

“Firefighter” means an individual who holds a certificate as a volunteer firefighter, firefighter I, or firefighter II, issued by the chief executive officer of the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services pursuant to section 4765.55 of the Ohio Revised Code and Chapter 4765-20 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

Certification is required by section 3737.66 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Course Entrance Requirements

Chartered fire training programs may admit only individuals who are at least eighteen years of age, except that a chartered program may admit a student who is seventeen years old provided that the student has graduated or is enrolled in the twelfth or final grade in a secondary school program. Other firefighter course entrance requirements vary depending on the level of certification sought. For example, applicants for a Firefighter II transition course are required to hold a certification as a Firefighter I for admission. In addition, chartered fire training programs may have minimum requirements for admission into firefighter training courses. For further information please reference Chapter 4765-24 and Chapter 4765-20 of the Ohio Administrative Code or contact an Ohio chartered fire training program(select Fire Charter as Facility Type) to discuss firefighter course admission requirements.

Application Requirements

  • Successfully complete a firefighter training course through a chartered fire training program and receive a document of course completion at the level for which the certification is sought
  • Pass the knowledge and practical examinations as set forth in rule 4765-20-06 of the Ohio Administrative Code
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have not been convicted of any felony, a misdemeanor committed in the course of practice or a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude
  • Have not committed fraud, misrepresentation, or material deception in applying for or obtaining a certificate issued under section 4765.55 of the Ohio Revised Code
  • Successfully complete the following Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training courses:
    • National incident management system course IS-700
    • Incident command system course IS-100 or online equivalent
  • Firefighter I and Firefighter II applicants shall have completed training on NFPA standard 472 related to professional core competencies for hazardous materials awareness and operations

Ohio Administrative Code: 4765-20-02


To Apply

An initial Firefighter application may not be submitted until you have completed all course requirements and have been approved to take the state certification examination. Upon successful completion of the certification examination conducted at an Ohio chartered fire training program, you will automatically be directed to the application for certification. Do not close out of the examination site until you have completed and submitted the application.


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