Reviewed and/or Updated on: October 3, 2018

Fire Certification Process

Those who aspire to become Wisconsin fire service certified must satisfy the program requirements which are based on the appropriate National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards and be tested for competency.


Qualified individuals may enter the certification process by contacting the Fire District Coordinator at their local WTCS district. Upon receipt of such request, appropriate application materials for the pertinent certification category or level will be provided. Completed application and state training summary forms shall be returned to the respective Fire District Coordinator. An aid to individuals in completing the form is the Wisconsin Fire Service Education Office Policy and Procedures Manual. This publication lists the applicable standard(s), prerequisites, training course/facilities/equipment, and examination requirements for each category and level of certification provided.

Advanced Standing

Individuals shall become qualified to enter the certification program by completing the approved state training program for the pertinent certification category or level, or a program deemed equivalent to the approved training program. Such equivalent education and training may consist of the approved programs of other states, the various branches of the United States military, or in isolated cases, those of foreign countries. Equivalency of the education and training shall be determined by the WTCS FSEO Fire Service Education Director or designee. Equivalency so granted shall be termed "advanced standing," and entitles the individual to a one-time challenge of the certification process (certification written examination and practical examination). Those unsuccessful in the challenge must complete the approved state course before again being allowed to enter the certification process. 

Testing Process

The respective candidate must successfully complete a Written and Practical Skills examination in order to become Wisconsin Certified.

Reciprocal Certification

Reciprocal certification shall be issued upon request to individuals currently certified by entities whose certifications are accredited by International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and/or the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (ProBoard).

Emergency Services Instructor reciprocity shall only be granted to individuals whose certifications are accredited by IFSAC and/or NPQS (ProBoard) who have obtained certification or recertification within the prior five years.

Requests for reciprocity shall include:

  1. A copy of the certificate(s) for which reciprocity is being requested with the accreditation agency seal and number clearly displayed.
  2. Name, address, date of birth, and phone number of the individual requesting reciprocity.