How do I request training?

To request training, a formal letter must be signed by the Local President and Fire Chief. The request can be sent to [email protected] or mailed to IAFF Headquarters, 1750 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20006 at least two months prior to the requested training dates.

A sample training request letter can be found by clicking on Request Training. The course name, dates, location, purpose of request, student count, and a point of contact including an email and phone number must be included in the request.

Where does the IAFF deliver HazMat Training?

The IAFF brings custom training to any site in the United States and Canada that needs to meet current standards for their fire safety personnel. A department or training site must have 20-25 students for the IAFF to consider training at that location.

Students can also access some HazMat classes online as refresher or a prerequisite to classroom training. See more about online training by clicking here.

What type of equipment is needed at a training site?

Students will spend at part of the time in a classroom setting, so training sites must have a tables and chairs set up to allow 20-25 students to sit comfortably and have space for materials and testing. Instructors will use slides and short videos, so please notify the Training Coordinator if the classroom does not have projection or sound capability so that equipment can be sent in advance.

Some of the IAFF HazMat training courses require specific tools or equipment for students to practice hands-on skills in an outdoor training area. Each training site must supply the practical skills equipment and tools as provided by your Training Coordinator. Students are expected to provide their own PPE​ that is NFPA compliant. Since programs are updated regularly, please defer to the list provided to you by your Training Coordinator.

My department sent in a training request, now what?

Training requests must be approved by the IAFF General President, so please allow one to two weeks to receive a response on HazMat training requests. Be sure to give at least two months advance notice in your request letter to allow for approval and scheduling instructors. Once the requester receives approval, a HazMat Training Coordinator will contact the training Point of Contact (POC) to discuss the department’s training needs.

The Training Coordinator will schedule instructors, send materials and work with the site to be sure they have the adequate equipment available. As the training dates get closer, an instructor will contact the POC to learn more about area hazards and get a copy of the department SOPs to better customize the training.

Prior to the start of class, the Training Coordinator will create a custom registration site for the POC to forward to the class participants. All students must register online prior to the start of class to be able to participate in the course and to receive their customized certificate.

Materials will be sent to the training site in advance, to include Student guides, testing materials and any supplemental guides needed.

What type of work disciplines are qualified to attend the IAFF HazMat training?

All emergency personnel can attend an IAFF training courses.

How do I register for a HazMat class?

Students will register online at least two weeks prior to the start of class. A customized link will be provided to the training location Point of Contact. The link includes directions on how to register if you are or are not an IAFFmember.

What is a FEMA SID?

A FEMA Student ID number is a unique number assigned to a student to utilize for identification purposes while taking a course funded by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency. This precludes the use of your Social Security Number on a recurring basis. Students who take IAFF training that is sponsored by FEMA will be asked to provide their FEMA SID. You can get a student ID or get a reminder if you have forgotten, by clicking here.

Are there any prerequisites for the training programs?

The majority of the HazMat programs do not require prerequisites. However, the following exceptions exist:

  • Students that want Pro Board certification for HazMat Technician (80 hr) course must have certification to the Operations Level through International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), DoD or ProBoard.
  • Emergency Response to Terrorism: Operations (8 hr) requires student to complete an online training module prior to class.
  • Train-the-Trainer courses require completing an online learning course in Educational Methodology prior to class.

What should students bring to class?

Students should bring a #2 pencil, photo ID and their IAFF member number for testing. Students who are not IAFF members but register for an IAFF class are issued a member number when they create their registration profile. A non-member number may look the same as an IAFF member number, but it only allows the student to receive certification and not membership benefits.

How do I get my training certificate?

All certificates are generated from the same online system in which the students will register for their class. Students must register, attend the training, take the final test, and complete an electronic survey to receive their certification. Since the survey and certificate are electronic, students must use their unique email address and password they used when registering for class.

For Pro Board certified classes, all final tests will be mailed back to the IAFF headquarters and scored before a certificate will be generated. Students who pass the test and skills evaluations will automatically get their certificate with the Pro Board seal once they take the online survey. It takes approximately one week after the class ends to receive a survey and certificate. If you have not received your certificate within that time frame, please contact us at [email protected].

What does Pro Board Certification mean?

The Pro Board Fire Service Professional Qualifications System (Pro Board) is an international certification organization that recognizes and acknowledges professional achievements in the fire service. Pro Board certification means that the student has met national standards and levels, such as the NFPA standards, and is certified with national, professional qualifications and credibility.

How long has the IAFF HazMat programs been Pro Board accredited?

The IAFF HazMat First Responder Operations course has been Pro board accredited since 2013. The IAFF HazMat Technician course has been Pro board accredited since 2015.

How long will it be before I see my name in the Pro Board registry?

Student names should be available to search in the registry about 2 months after the end of your training.

Do the HazMat classes lead to continuous education units or college credits?

Kaplan University offers college credits for HazMat First Responder Operations and HazMat Technician programs only if you have taken both ProBoard certified classes. They will not issue credit if you have not received ProBoard certification for both. Kaplan also offers Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for some HazMat classes. To apply for college credit or CEUs, please download and fill out the appropriate forms and send to [email protected]

How do I become an IAFF Master Instructor?

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Hazardous Materials and Weapons of Mass Destruction Training Department is not currently expanding the instructor cadre. The recruitment, solicitation, and appointment of Instructors has traditionally occurred prior to the annual Instructor Development Conference (IDC).

Prospective applicants have typically attended an IAFF Instructor Training/Train-the- Trainer (TtT) course so they are familiar with IAFF curricula and interactive facilitation style. During select TtT classes, students are videotaped while conducting teach-backs of the First Responder Operations (FRO) and Emergency Response to Terrorism: Operations (ERT:Ops) courses. This practice has enabled applicants to become familiar with the IAFFfacilitation style of instruction and delivery format.

To apply for an IAFF Instructor position, the following items are required:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in being an IAFF HazMat Master Instructor
  • Current Resume
  • Letter of support from applicant’s Local President
  • Video of applicant facilitating/teaching students.
    • Specifically, the video should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to facilitate a class of 16-24 students, work with small group, debrief an exercise, and promote audience participation.

Please email the items to [email protected].

Why should my training site license under the IAFF HazMat Training Programs?

Obtaining a license for IAFF training provides departments with the flexibility to conduct training at your own department, with your own instructor staff, on your own schedule. In the event that there are updates to the training materials or industry standards, the IAFF shares the updates with the licensee. So, training sites do not have to worry about being trained with outdated information or methods. Learn more about licensing here or contact us at [email protected]