RIDGE FIRE ACADEMY

 

Fire Officer III Certification

  1. Chief Officer (Fire Department Administration)

  2. Analytical Approaches in Public Fire Protection

  3. Legal and Ethical Issues for the Fire Service

 

Certification Requirements

There are two methods available for a qualified applicant to obtain Fire Officer III certification. Individuals should evaluate their eligibility and utilize one of the following options as set forth in paragraph 69A-39.065(2) (c), F.A.C.:

Option A – Direct Program Delivery.

The first option is designed for persons who have at least five years of full-time equivalent experience as a Florida certified Fire Officer. This method is the traditional model to achieve Fire Officer III Certification. To qualify for certification as a Fire Officer III, using the Direct Program Delivery method, the applicant shall:

• Possess an active Firefighter Certificate of Compliance issued by the Division or have met the curriculum requirements for Firefighter Part I as defined in 69A-37.055(1) F.A.C.

• Possess an active Instructor I Certificate of Competency issued by the Division.

• Possess an active Fire Officer I or II Certificate of Competency issued by the Division prior to November 18, 2013; or,

• Possess an active Fire Officer II Certificate of Competency issued by the Division after the November 18, 2013.

• Meet the job performance requirements of NFPA 1021 - Fire Officer III (2009).

• Complete the Fire Officer III Curriculum.

• Complete the prerequisite course titled "ICS-400: Advanced ICS Command and General Staff: Complex Incidents" or a course determined by the Division to be equivalent.

• Pass the Fire Officer III Exam with a score of 70% or higher.

• Complete the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation course titled "Courage to Be Safe" or a course determined by the Division to be equivalent.

Option B – Portfolio Program.

The second option is designed for persons who have at least five years of full-time equivalent experience as a Florida certified Fire Officer. This method is intended to reduce the redundancy in courses taken by crediting the applicant’s educational experience to the objectives required by the NFPA 1021 Fire Officer III standard and the Fire Officer III curriculum as evidenced by documentation in the Fire Officer III Portfolio. To qualify for certification using the Portfolio Program, the applicant shall:

• Hold an active Firefighter Certificate of Compliance issued by the Division or have met the curriculum requirements for Firefighter Part I as defined in 69A-37.055(1) F.A.C.

• Hold an active Instructor I Certificate of Competency issued by the Division.

Hold an active Fire Officer I or II Certificate of Competency issued by the Division prior to November 18, 2013; or,

• Hold an active Fire Officer II Certificate of Competency issued by the Division after November 18, 2013.

• Meet the program prerequisites, the objectives required by the NFPA 1021 Fire Officer III standard and the Fire Officer III curriculum as evidenced in the Fire Officer III Portfolio.

• Pass the Fire Officer III Exam with a score of 70% or higher.

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