Alberta fire departments and approved schools can apply to Municipal Affairs to host International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and Pro Board certification testing.

As a host, you’re responsible for:

  • scheduling and delivering the training
  • supplying textbooks and supplies
  • providing an appropriate training and testing site
  • arranging for instructors, proctors and evaluators
  • ensuring the safety and well-being of all candidates and staff

A detailed list of host responsibilities is included in the Application to Host Testing.

Hosting an exam


Step 1. Confirm availability

Confirm the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard availability and resource list is available through the Government of Alberta.

Step 2. Secure training materials and equipment

Ensure you have the necessary materials, textbooks and equipment.

Step 3. Confirm prerequisites

Confirm each candidate has the necessary prerequisites according to NFPA certification prerequisites.

Step 4. Arrange for instructor, proctor and evaluator

Arrange for an instructor, proctor and evaluator. Ensure that the:

  • instructor has completed the training required to instruct the course
  • proctor is not the instructor or the evaluator
  • evaluator is certified to:
    • the chosen standard and level
    • NFPA 1041 Fire Service Instructor Level II

The recommended student-to-instructor ratio is a maximum of 7 to 1 for practical training, and 5 to 1 for live fire training.

Step 5. Set dates

Select dates for the training, exam and skills evaluation.

Step 6. Complete application

Complete an Application to Host Testing.

If a candidate requires testing accommodations, submit an Application for Testing Accommodations with your application.

Step 7. Submit application

Submit your application by email to [email protected].

Applications must be received a minimum of 30 days before scheduled testing dates. Exam packages and evaluation sets will be sent to the proctor and evaluator approximately 5 business days prior to testing.

Please note that the processing times indicated here are approximate and may be affected by fluctuations in training and testing volumes.

Changes to testing

To make any changes to your testing (dates, proctor, number of students), complete a Change Request and submit by email to [email protected].

Date changes must be received at least two weeks before the new testing date.

To cancel testing, contact the Municipal Affairs as soon as possible.


Exam rewrites are only available to candidates who scored between 60% and 69% and must be completed within six months of the original exam date.

Candidates can only rewrite an exam once.

Hosts must submit an Application to Rewrite on behalf of students. Applications to rewrite must be received at least two weeks before the requested exam rewrite date.


An appeal can be submitted when a student:

  • scores less than 60% on an exam
  • fails a skills evaluation

The Application to Appeal must be submitted to [email protected] within 30 days of receiving test scores.

Testing site requirements

All testing facilities must be inspected to ensure they meet the safety and logistical requirements of skills evaluations for NFPA 1001, 1072, 1002 and 1006.

Sites must be inspected every 5 years, or when significant changes have been made. Acquired structures are not to be used for live fire testing.

A qualified inspector must complete and submit a Testing Site Approval Form by email to [email protected].

Applying for certificates

Fire departments and schools can apply for certification on behalf of their students:

Certificates are delivered to students online. Employers can request copies of certificates from their employees.


Connect with Municipal Affairs:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 1-866-421-6929
Email: [email protected]