Alberta fire departments and approved schools can apply to the Public Safety Division 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 qualified 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 (PDF, 143 KB).
Hosting an exam
Step 1. Confirm availability
Confirm the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard availability and resource list (PDF, 159 KB) 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 (PDF, 129 KB).
Step 4. Arrange for instructor, proctor and evaluator
Arrange for a qualified instructor, proctor and evaluator. 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 (PDF, 143 KB).
If a candidate requires testing accommodations, submit an Application for Testing Accommodations (PDF, 107 KB) with your application.
Step 7. Submit application
Submit your application by email to email@example.com.
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
Date changes must be received at least two weeks before the new testing date.
To cancel testing, contact the Public Safety Division 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 (PDF, 107 KB) 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
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.
Applying for certificates
Fire departments and schools can apply for certification on behalf of their students:
- Complete an Application for Certification (PDF, 125 KB) for each student.
- Submit applications and all required supporting documents (PDF, 129 KB) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Links to file sharing sites are not accepted.
Certificates are delivered to students online. Employers can request copies of certificates from their employees.