IAFF/IAFC Fire Service Joint
IAFF/IAFC/ACE Peer Fitness
Training Certification Program
PFT Candidate Information Guide
The International Association of Fire Fighters
(IAFF)/International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)/American Council on
Exercise (ACE) Peer Fitness Trainer (PFT) Certification Program, which is a part
of the IAFF/IAFC Fire Service Joint Labor Management Wellness-Fitness
The purpose of the IAFF/IAFC/ACE PFT certification program is to provide a
fitness trainer standard consistent with the health and fitness needs of the
Fire Service throughout the United States and Canada. Those successfully
passing the certification examination will have demonstrated they possess the
knowledge and skills required to design and implement fitness programs, improve
the wellness and fitness of the uniformed members in their departments, assist
in the physical training of recruits, and assist the broader community in
achieving wellness and fitness.
A five-day, Monday - Friday PFT workshop, delivered through a network of host
sites, is available to assist the candidate in preparing for the PFT
All candidates should register at least three months prior
to the workshop and/or examination administration to allow sufficient time to
review the ACE Manual and PFT Reference Manual.
The American Council on Exercise (ACE) awards the
IAFF/IAFC/ACE Peer Fitness Trainer Certificate to candidates successfully
passing the specialty certification examination.
In order to be eligible to take the PFT examination you must
be a fire fighter, EMS provider, or employed by a fire department and involved
in a fitness program.
Examination candidates must possess a valid CPR
certification by the day of the examination. Upon request, candidates may be
required to submit proof of CPR certification prior to issuance of the PFT
Host Site Requirements
Contact the IAFF and inform them of your desire to become a
host PFT workshop and examination site. Workshop and examination
administration sites affiliated with the IAFF will be given preferential
treatment as host sites.
The dates requested will be honored based on instructor availability.
However, a workshop date will only be established three months after the minimum
of 25 candidates is met to enable all candidates to prepare for the workshop and
examination. The host site will be consulted on all details before the
date is finalized.
Your site must have
gym facilities, which include free weight equipment including assorted
dumbbells, a barbell bench press, seated military (shoulder) press, lat pull
down column, and a squat rack. The site must also have a treadmill or step
Your site must have
a classroom with desks & chairs to seat a minimum of 25 people. The room must be
free of distractions and at a comfortable temperature for the candidates. For
the examination, the room must allow for a minimum distance of 48 inches between
site should also have the following instructional and examination administration
facilities and resources: LCD Projector, Computer, Printer, Copy Machine, and
five (5) Dry Erase Boards or flip charts. If these items are not
available, you must inform the IAFF so these items can be shipped to your site.
Host Site Costs
A fire department, fire academy, college/university, or
other organization may be a host site for up to 25 candidates at a fixed fee of
$20,000 This will enable you to immediately establish a
workshop/examination date. We will allow up to 32 candidates, but the cost
for each candidate over 25 will be $800. Payment must be received prior to the
start of the workshop. If payment is not received prior to the start of
the workshop candidates will not be authorized to attend.
If you do not have a
minimum of 25 candidates, you may also consider:
workshop with a smaller class size for the $20,000 fixed fee. While such
an option will cost you more per candidate, it will give each PFT candidate more
individual time with the two IAFF/IAFC/ACE certified instructors.
Additionally, it will enable you to immediately establish a date.
neighboring departments and if additional outside participants attend, the
fee is $800 fee per candidate from those departments, which can assist in
offsetting your $20,000 cost.
● Depending on circumstances,
the IAFF may be able to work with departments if there is a potential for
less than 25 participants and the $20,000 payment cannot be made up-front.
Based on IAFF discretion and if this option is offered to a host fire
department, if 25 participants do not register by the beginning of the
course, the host department must cover the slots not filled, which equates
to $800 per slot.
For eg... If the course has 21 participants, the host location must pay for
the remaining 4 slots not filled, totaling $3,200
All registered candidates, as part of the fee, will receive
the PFT manuals, including the ACE Personal Trainer Manual, the
IAFF/IAFC/ACE Peer Fitness Trainer Reference Manual, a complete PFT curriculum, course
materials, course handouts; examination administration, maintenance of
certification and PFT credentials. Both manuals
will be sent immediately after registering with a valid credit card, verifiable
fire department purchase order number, or department check. If a credit card payment is
declined, the individual or department will be notified and their slots will be
removed and study guides will not be sent until a valid payment is
received by the IAFF.
Payment must be received prior to the start of the
workshop. If payment is not received prior to the start of the workshop
candidates will not be authorized to attend.
The host site fee provides for two IAFF/IAFC/ACE certified
instructors, who will also serve as examination proctors.
PFT Workshop Cancellation Policy
Once a workshop date is scheduled, the class cannot be
postponed due to a lack of registrants and the only cancellation exception
would be due to an "Act of God." Two course cancellations have
occurred stemming from Hurricane Katrina and a snow blizzard. If a workshop
is postponed the host site can reschedule a future date. All payments will
be refunded if these occurrences take place but if there are flight
arrangements involved, the IAFF will not be responsible for refunding
airline or train tickets associated to the fire department, IAFF Local
affiliate, or individual.
PFT Workshop & Examination Locations/Date
The dates and locations of workshops and examinations will
be posted on the IAFF web site,
additional information you may contact the IAFF at (202) 824-9313.
Examination Cost Without Workshop
The examination administration option is recommended only
for those candidates who have a degree in exercise science and have extensive
experience in fitness training as it relates to the fire and emergency services.
This option allows candidates with a strong background in exercise science to
study the PFT materials at their own pace.
The cost for the examination administration only is $370 per
candidate and there are two options available.
The first option is available in conjunction with the five-day workshop
on a space availability basis. The fee for this option includes the
ACE Personal Trainer Manual, the IAFF/IAFC/ACE Peer Fitness Trainer
Reference Manual, examination administration, maintenance of certification and PFT
credentials. Both manuals will be sent via Fed-Ex,
immediately after registering, with an estimated arrival time of
3-7 business days. Overnight service is only available upon a phone request
and with a valid credit card payment. There will be an additional overnight
service fee per set with no exceptions. In addition, Fed-EX does not
ship study materials to PO Boxes, only physical addresses. Registering for a
class within one week of the workshop might run the risk of not receiving the
study guides in time for the course.
The second option is individual candidate PSI Exams Computer Based
Testing (CBT). The fee for this option includes the ACE Personal
Trainer Manual, the
IAFF/IAFC/ACE Peer Fitness Trainer Reference Manual, examination administration, and
maintenance of certification. Both manuals will be
sent via Fed-Ex, immediately after registering, with an estimated arrival time of
3-7 business days. Overnight service is only available upon a phone
request and with a valid credit card payment. There will be an overnight service
fee per set with no exceptions. Please view the PSI Exams computer-based
testing process below under "Computer-Based Testing and Retake of PFT
Payment of Fees and Purchases
Workshop Fee - $800
computer-based examination with study materials - $370
PSI Exams computer-based examination only - $230
materials - $175 per set: * Credit Card purchase only via telephone *
All workshop and/or examination fees and purchase costs are
in US funds.
We accept organization purchase orders, organization
invoices, checks, money orders and credit cards (VISA or MasterCard only).
Checks or money orders, in US funds, shall be made payable
to: IAFF - Health and Safety Department/PFT Program
Active military, veterans and eligible spouses and
dependents may receive reimbursement for their workshop and examination fees for
the IAFF/IAFC/ACE PFT Program. This benefit includes both first time and
retake fees. To learn more about your VA benefits, visit
There will be no refunds of the workshop, examination fees,
or study materials. Emergency medical situations prior to or
during a workshop may be reviewed by the IAFF but it will be up to the discretion
of the IAFF to determine if a refund is warranted. All medical emergency
reporting must include valid documentation or paperwork, otherwise possible
consideration of a refund will not be granted.
Computer-Based Testing and Retake of PFT
Examination retakes via PSI Exams Computer Testing,
initially must be coordinated through the IAFF Health and Safety Department
at (202) 824-9313. Candidates may retake the examination
by computer at one of 250 PSI Exams sites in the continental USA or
Canada. Upon contacting the IAFF, the IAFF will forward
individual names to PSI Exams testing. Twenty-Four to Forty-Eight hours after
official IAFF registration, please contact PSI Exams at (800) 211-2754 or
visit www.PSIExams.com to schedule an
examination in your home area. The PSI Exams website contains a zip-code
locator under "Locate a Test Center" and once a zip code is inputted into their
system, the page will list the closest testing facilities to your vicinity.
Please schedule a date and time to finalize the testing process.
The IAFF does not schedule individual PSI Exams
examinations times for you but please call (202) 824-9313 if you have further
A test-only or an exam re-take via PSI Exams Computer-Based
Testing is available for $230 and does not include new copies of the study
Candidates may retake the examination up to three times in a
12-month period without attending the five-day PFT workshop.
Candidate PSI Exams computer-based examination no-shows
will result in a $55 charge back to the individual/department and the
candidate cannot reschedule another exam until the no-show fee is paid to
the IAFF. PSI Exams testing bills the IAFF a $55 fee if no-shows do
occur, thus the expense is then passed on to the individual/department.
Purchase of PFT Study Materials
Interested individuals may purchase all of the PFT materials
for $175/set. Contact the IAFF Health and Safety Department at (202) 824-9313
to purchase materials via a credit card only (Mastercard and Visa only).
Purchase order numbers are not accepted for PFT materials. Such
individuals will be fully credited for this amount and able to select an
examination site and date at a later time. Arrival time for study materials is 3
- 7 business days, barring any issues ACE may have with their personnel office
for vacation or on work travel.
Content of Workshop
The Five-day workshop has two main purposes. First, to
review reference materials so as to increase the candidates’ likelihood of
success on the PFT exam. Second, to improve the candidates’ ability to
design and implement fitness programs for fire fighters.
The workshop will focus on applicable scientific foundations
and practical applications and will include anatomy, kinesiology, biomechanics,
exercise science, exercise testing, exercise programming, exercise techniques,
instructional/spotting techniques, nutrition, fire service wellness/fitness,
motivation, and communication techniques.
Workshops will be taught by IAFF/IAFC/ACE Certified PFT
The workshop will begin at 8:00 am and end at 5:00 pm on
most days provided that all of the learning objectives for that day are covered.
One hour will be given for lunch.
Workshops will be taught using small group learning methods,
which encourages student participation.
Students will spend part of the time in a classroom setting
and the rest of the time in an exercise setting.
The examination will be administered in the afternoon of the
Five-Day Workshop and Examination Schedule
Days 1 – 4
8:00 – 12:00
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 5:00
8:00 – 12:00
12:00 – 1:00
5:00 Review/Examination Administration
What to bring to the examination site
The candidate must provide personal identification,
including a photo ID.
Examination Day Rules
Report to the examination site at established time.
Candidates re-taking the examination via computer must
report to the chosen PSI Exams Test Center at the scheduled time.
Only the individual named on the registration form will be
admitted to the examination.
Candidates taking the exam must verify and confirm the
correct spelling of their name and mailing address upon completion of the exam.
No visitors are allowed at the examination center.
A standard calculator will be provided at the Host Site or
an electronic computer calculator will be provided at the PSI Exams Test
Center. Personal calculators, programmable calculators, cell phones,
pagers or personal digital assistants such as Palm Pilots are not allowed to be
used during the examination.
You must perform all work alone. Sharing information or
disturbing others is cause for dismissal with no refund.
Impersonating another candidate, giving or receiving help on
the examination, or removing examination materials or notes from the examination
site are also causes for dismissal with no refund.
No dictionaries, paper or other supplies are allowed during
No food or drinks are allowed during the examination.
A certified IAFF/IAFC/ACE Peer
Fitness Trainer requires a basic understanding of applicable scientific
foundations and practical applications. Accordingly, the candidate will be
tested on knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology, biomechanics, exercise science,
exercise testing, exercise programming, exercise techniques,
instructional/spotting techniques, nutrition, and fire service wellness/fitness.
It also examines the candidate's motivational and communication skills.
The content of the examination includes:
Fitness Assessment 26%
Program Design 30%
Program Implementation 30%
on the above categories indicate how much of the examination is devoted to each
The examination has 115 multiple choice questions.
Examination Score Information
Passing Score and Equating Process
The candidate's examination will be scored according to
procedures accepted by the American Psychological Association, the American
Educational Research Association and the National Council on Measurement in
Education. The score is derived from the number of questions answered
correctly and will be reported as a pass/fail score. Candidates are
not penalized for guessing and are encouraged to answer all questions to the
best of their ability. The score includes statistical adjustments to equalize
the difficulty of passing all forms of the examinations.
Scoring and Diagnostic Reports
A candidate that fails the examination will be given
information about what PFT content areas that need improvement. However,
if the candidate failed the examination and felt there was an error in the
score, the candidate can request that the examination be re-scored. Your
Must be made within six months of your examination date.
Must be in writing to the Wasdyke Associates and must be accompanied by
a $25.00 fee, payable to Wasdyke Associates, LLC. They will inform you of your
re-scored results within four weeks. They can be contacted at:
Wasdyke Associates, LLC
203 Romancoke Road
Stevensville, Maryland 21666
Receiving Your Examination Results
Examination results will be sent to the candidate within 3
to 4 weeks.
Examination scores are confidential therefore, they will not
be provided over the phone, fax or e-mail.
If you pass the examination, you will receive credentials
including an IAFF/IAFC/ACE PFT certificate, and identification card within six
weeks after receiving your examination results.
Illegible or incorrect mailing information will delay the
You should contact the IAFF if you do not receive either
your examination score or credentials within the above timeframes.
Examination score records will be maintained for the duration of your
Policies and Procedures
You may be disqualified from taking or continuing in the
examination process, or from receiving examination results, if ACE and the IAFF
determines through either examiner observation or statistical analysis that you
were engaged in collaborative, disruptive or other unacceptable behavior before,
during or following the administration of the IAFF/IAFC/ACE examination. No
refund will be given.
Special Examination Accommodations
If you have a special testing need, we will try our best to
accommodate you. Special requests regarding any of the following must be
received by the IAFF at least 60 days prior to the examination date.
Religious Obligations. If the certification examination is held
on a day that conflicts with your religious obligations, the IAFF will try to
arrange a special examination day for you. Please include a letter from your
clergy to the IAFF with your registration indicating your need for a special
Limited English Proficiency. At this time, the IAFF/IAFC/ACE
certification examinations are offered only in English. If English is not your
first language and you wish to have additional time to take the examination,
submit a copy of your birth certificate or passport to the IAFF with your
registration and a letter from your supervisor indicating that you are otherwise
qualified but need additional time.
sensory, physical or other disability that prevents you from taking the
examination under standard conditions. According to the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA), a professional qualified to diagnose the disability must
make documentation of the disability. Written requests and completed
registration information from disabled candidates must include a description of
the accommodation requested. The IAFF and/or ACE reserves the right to
determine the reasonableness of the accommodation requested. This special
request must be postmarked 30 days prior to the examination date.
If your special need is not listed, please call or write to
Code of Ethics
IAFF/IAFC/ACE-certified Professionals are guided by the
American Council on Exercise's principles of professional conduct whether they
are working with peers, the public or other health and fitness professionals.
As a condition of certification, these individuals promise to:
Provide safe and effective instruction.
Provide equal and fair treatment to all clients.
Stay up-to-date on the latest health and physical activity
research and understand its practical application.
current CPR certification and knowledge of first-aid services.
with all applicable business, employment and copyright laws.
Protect and enhance the public's image of the health and fitness
the confidentiality of all client information.
clients to more qualified fitness, medical or health professionals when
Professional Practices and Disciplinary
The professional practices and disciplinary procedures of
the American Council on Exercise are intended to assist and inform certified
individuals, candidates for certification and the public of the IAFF/IAFC/ACE
Application and Certification Standards relative to professional conduct and
disciplinary procedures. The IAFF and/or ACE may revoke or otherwise take
action with regard to the application or certification of an individual in the
Ineligibility for certification.
Irregularity in connection with any certification examination.
possession, use, access, or distribution of certification examinations, score
reports, trademarks, logos, answer sheets, certificates, certificant or
applicant files, or other confidential or proprietary ACE documents or materials
(copyrighted or otherwise).
Material misrepresentation or fraud in any statement to ACE or to
the public, including but not limited to statements made to assist the
applicant, certificant, or another to apply for, obtain, or retain
Any physical, mental, or emotional condition of either temporary
or permanent nature, including, but not limited to, substance abuse, which
impairs or has the potential to impair competent and objective professional
Negligent and/or intentional misconduct in professional work,
including, but not limited to, physical or emotional abuse, disregard for
safety, or the unauthorized release of confidential information.
The timely conviction, plea of guilty, or plea of "nolo
contendere" in connection with a felony or misdemeanor, which is directly
related to public health and/or fitness instruction or education, which impairs
competent and objective professional performance. These include, but are not
limited to, rape, sexual abuse of a client, actual or threatened use of a weapon
of violence, the prohibited sale, distribution, or possession with intent to
distribute, of a controlled substance.
Failure to meet the requirements for certification or
The IAFF/IAFC/ACE PFT Certification Program has adopted ACE’s
established three-tiered disciplinary process of review, hearing and appeals to
ensure fair and unbiased examination of alleged violation(s) of IAFF/IAFC/ACE
PFT Application and Certification Standards in order to (1) determine the merit
of allegations; and (2) impose appropriate sanctions as necessary to protect the
public and the integrity of the certification process.
PFT Certification Renewal
Your IAFF/IAFC/ACE PFT certification will be valid for two
years from the examination date. Maintaining your certification after this
two-year period requires that you earn 1.2 continuing education credits (12
contact hours) through IAFF and ACE-approved continuing education courses or
other accepted professional resources and publications. For additional
information about continuing education requirements, contact IAFF.
You may only represent yourself as IAFF/IAFC/ACE certified
PFT during the two years that your certification is current. If you do not
renew your certification by earning the necessary continuing education credits
and paying the appropriate renewal fees, or by retaking and passing the IAFF/IAFC/ACE
certified PFT examination, you may not claim to be certified. False
certification claims may prohibit your ability to renew your certification or
retake the PFT certification examination.
Becoming a Certified IAFF/IAFC/ACE PFT
The IAFF currently has 25 IAFF/IAFC/ACE certified PFT
Instructors. Prospective instructors for the five-day PFT workshop,
one-day review / examination administration sessions, must meet the following
qualifications. If you are unsure if you meet the following criteria, please
describe any / all fire service, peer training, and instruction-based
experiences in two or three detailed paragraphs.
Employed by a fire department.
there is an IAFF affiliate associated with the department, authorization from
the IAFF Local President.
At least three years teaching/training experience (personal training or
coaching experience accepted)..
Successfully passing IAFF/IAFC/ACE Peer Fitness Trainer
Certification examination and meeting all PFT eligibility requirements.
The requirements of NFPA Instructor I level or the equivalent (able to
teach from prepared materials).
Interested individuals who meet the above criteria must
provide the IAFF with the following:
A written request, including their name, home address, e-mail and
home and work telephone numbers.
A brief (1-page) resume or other description of their background
A video of actual instruction of at least a 15-minute lecture
A letter of recommendation from their local Union President and Fire
Department Official. The letter should reflect the individual's potential as an
This information must be sent to the IAFF.
PFT Certification Program Contact
International Association of
Attn.: Health and Safety Department
1750 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006-5395
Phone: (202) 824-9313
Fax: (202) 737-8418
Web Address: www.iaff.org
PFT E-mail: Jason Atkin - firstname.lastname@example.org
International Association of
4025 Fair Ridge Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22033-2868
Phone: (703) 273-0911
Fax: (703) 273-9363
Web Address: www.iafc.org
American Council on Exercise
4851 Paramount Drive
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: (858) 279 8227
Fax: (858) 279 8064
Web Address: www.acefitness.org