Reviewed and/or Updated on: August 6, 2019

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.

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 (Pro Board).

Requests for reciprocity can be emailed, faxed, or mailed to:

Ms. Denise Perkins
Wisconsin Technical College System Office
4622 University Ave, PO Box 7874
Madison, WI 53707-7874
Fax: 608-266-1690 

Please include in the request copies of the certificates (with legible certificate numbers) with the accreditation agency clearly displayed, full name, address, and phone number of the individual requesting reciprocity.  See Policy 7: Reciprocal Certification, FSEO Policy and Procedures Manual.

Advanced Standing

Individuals may be granted "Advanced Standing" through recognition of equivalent training from another state or agency. Individuals granted Advanced Standing will be allowed a one-time challenge of both the written and practical examinations for the requested certification level(s). All challenges must begin at the lowest pre-requisite level and testing must be successfully completed sequentially to the certification level requested. 

Individuals seeking Advanced Standing must submit documentation of training/education/certification from other entities to the WTCS FSEO.