Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have canceled/postponed all in-person training courses until after April 1, 2021. As a result, we’re taking immediate action to both adapt existing courses to a virtual delivery and create a series of new resources to help everyone stay safe, healthy and active. Please complete this online form to sign up to receive future PFT program updates.


The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives. You continue to serve your communities on the frontline but have also been asked to make unprecedented changes to your lifestyle, family routines and daily activities.

During these times of uncertainty when we are encouraged to stay indoors, avoid group settings and practice physical distancing, it can be challenging to stay physically active.

Given the wide-ranging benefits that regular exercise can have on our physical, emotional and mental health, it is critical to stay connected and continue to support, motivate and challenge each other to stay safe, stay healthy and stay active.

These IAFF resources on exercise, nutrition and resilience – found on our COVID-19 resource page – can help.


 

Wellness is not a mission – it’s a message. Building a wellness program that will improve the quality of fire fighters’ lives begins with genuine, passionate and influential leadership from all levels of a department (e.g., labor, management, peer fitness trainers).

The program must be comprehensive, evidence-based and relevant to the unique demands of each participating fire fighter. It needs to be accessible, inclusive, designed to inspire cultural change and must place an emphasis on frequent collaboration and communication between all parties.

The primary goal of the IAFF/IAFC Wellness-Fitness Initiative (WFI) and Peer Fitness Trainer (PFT) programs are as much about preparing fire fighters for the job as they are about preparing fire fighters for life – today, tomorrow and long into retirement.

For more information, contact [email protected].

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The purpose of the IAFF/IAFC/ACE Five-Day PFT Certificate Course is to provide a fitness trainer standard consistent with the health and fitness needs of the fire service throughout the United States and Canada.

Attendees will improve their ability to assess, design, implement and evaluate exercise sessions for members with varying interests and have the knowledge and skills to become fitness and wellness leaders within their department.

PFT Certificate Course Overview

Host a PFT Certificate Course

With the support of their local IAFF affiliate, any department can serve as a host site.

Scheduling

To schedule a PFT Certificate course for your local or department, complete the request form below and email it to [email protected].

Five-Day PFT Certificate Course Request Form

Payment of Fees

The Five-Day PFT Certificate course is a $25,000 minimum payment due upfront to acquire class dates for a class of 25 PFT candidates.

Host Site Responsibilities

  • Arrange for facilities with at least 3,000 square feet of open space to accommodate both the classroom and hands-on/experiential learning portions of the class.
  • Arrange for training space with tables and chairs to seat a minimum of 25 people and an instructor’s table at the front of the room. The room must be free of distractions and at a comfortable temperature.
  • For the examination, the room must allow for a minimum distance of 48 inches between adjacent seats.
  • Supply training equipment, including reliable internet connection, LCD projector, screen, computer, sound, dry erase board or flipchart and markers.
  • Identify one person to serve as the point of contact. This person secures a training space, navigates the pre-class process directly with IAFF staff, handles registration, communicates with participants and oversees other logistics.
  • Suggest lunch options so that participants can finish lunch within the one-hour break each day.

IAFF Responsibilities

  • Provide Five-Day Peer Fitness Trainer Certificate Course Program training.
  • Arrange for two IAFF instructors to deliver the training and pay all instructor-related expenses (e.g., travel, hotel).
  • Provide guidance on meeting logistics.
  • Supply and ship student manuals to host site coordinator or registered participants.
  • Provide access to the online Peer Fitness Trainer course to be completed by each registrant prior to attending training.
  • Provide fitness equipment package used to conduct training. Host site keeps fitness equipment: Equipment List

Attendees

Fire service personnel of any rank or position (fire fighter, paramedic, dispatcher, wellness coordinator, strength and conditioning coach, etc.) may participate in the training.

Host sites may choose to invite other relevant community members (e.g., third-party contractors providing wellness-fitness services to your members) to expose these non-fire personnel to fire fighter and EMS culture.

PFT certificates will be awarded once the participant completes the pre-course online PFT course, attends in-person training and passes the PFT exam.

The PFT Certificate Exam

Continuing Education Courses

Custom workshops to suite your needs can be found here or email [email protected] for more information.

Two-Day Courses

PFT Assessment: Minimize Injuries…MAXIMIZE Life
Course Info

Course Brochure


PFT Fitness Principles: Movement Matters
Course Info
Course Brochure


One-Day Courses

Course list coming soon

Occasionally, a host site indicates space is available for outside participants. The IAFF will send notification via the @IAFFWFI Twitter account. The IAFF also maintains a list to alert those who have expressed an interest. This typically occurs within a few weeks of the training dates.

Individuals who want to participate in the training at another host site must (1) obtain the approval of their local president; (2) register and communicate directly with the host point of contact; and (3) be responsible for travel expenses and any registration fee charged by the host.

Because trainings typically fill up so quickly, the upcoming training schedule is not posted online. The IAFF does not release information identifying upcoming host sites unless they have requested we do so.

Sign up to be placed on the Peer Fitness Trainer contact list.

If your local or department is interested in hosting training, please complete the IAFF Peer Fitness Trainer Course Request Form and email it to [email protected].

The Peer Fitness Trainer course is delivered by IAFF instructors who are appointed by the General President. The IAFF accepts applications to become a peer fitness trainer instructors, but may not expand its instructor roster every year.

For qualifications and requirements, see the Peer Fitness Trainer Program Instructor Application Form. Submit your application by March 31 to be considered for that calendar year.

For applicants that are approved to be a PFT instructor candidate, the initial time/travel allotment required for the process can be demanding. If completed and appointed as a PFT instructor, we do require instructors to teach at least two, five-day PFT courses per year as well as attend the annual three-day IAFF Instructor Development Conference (IDC).

Coming Soon

For more information, contact [email protected].

International Association of Fire Fighters
Attn: Health and Safety Division
1750 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006-5395