Pro Board® Accredited Certification

National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications

Pro Board® accredited certification is available through the IAFF to the levels of NFPA 470 HazMat Awareness, Operations, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Product Control, and Technician. The IAFF is also accredited to offer NFPA 1006 Technical Rescuer: Confined Space Rescue at the Awareness, Operations, and Technician levels. Regardless of the level, students must meet the proper prerequisites.

Pro Board® accredited certification from the IAFF is an indisputable mark of performance belonging to individual fire service professionals. Each successful candidate for certification from an accredited agency knows that he or she has been measured against peers and meets rigorous national standards. Certification affords the individual uniformity and portability of qualifications. In addition, the credibility of the IAFF is enhanced by having our members certified to national consensus standards. The Pro Board® encourages reciprocity among certifying agencies. This will assist a person with a Pro Board® accredited certification to be recognized by the department as affiliates seek advancement and by other departments should they seek to transfer within the fire service.

Once a student passes the testing (written and performance based) for a Pro Board® accredited level by achieving a post-test score of 70% or greater, they will receive an IAFF certificate with a Pro Board seal and their name will be submitted to the Pro Board® registry. Each certificate is customized with the student’s name, the certification level, date, and lists the NFPA and OSHA standards met. Several weeks after completion, students will receive their Pro Board® accredited certificates and will also be able to locate their name and certification level in the Pro Board® Registry. It is important to note that students are asked to provide the last 4 digits of their Social Security Number (SSN) or their Social Insurance Number (SIN) (Canada) to view their information in the Pro Board® Registry. However, if students do not provide their SSN or SIN then they should default to “1750” as their identifier. Find Your Name on the Pro Board® Registry.

Board of Directors of the Pro Board® Committee on Accreditation (COA)

Previously appointed by the General President, Vilma Perez-Atwood, the department’s curricula development coordinator continues to serve on the Pro Board® COA. The COA conducts site visits, approves new accreditations, reaccreditations, extensions to accreditation and other requests from accredited agencies. This is an important role for the IAFF.