Do I have to be certified to be a firefighter in Virginia?
There is no requirement to be certified in the Commonwealth of Virginia; however, many jurisdictions do require certifications.
What are the requirements for Fire Officer I, II, III, and IV in Virginia?
There are pre-requisites for each course. Please check the course list for more information
Can I be a fire inspector without having police powers?
Yes – you can be an NFPA 1031 Certified Fire Inspector without police power.
Can I be a firefighter at age 14, 15, or 16?
Only 16 and 17 year olds who are certified as Firefighter I can participate in firefighting duties. See Section 40.1-79.01 for more specific language.
Why does Virginia require CPR and HMA to become certified as a firefighter?
CPR is formatted in the curriculum with a basic first aid course to protect our firefighters on the scene and civilians. HMA is an OSHA requirement under 29 CRR 1910.120 Q
What are your prerequisites for ARFF firefighter in Virginia?
Firefighter II and Hazmat Operations
I am certified in NY State (or any other state), why can’t you accept my credentials?
Virginia accepts NBFSPQ (Pro Board) and IFSAC
What does the term Pro-Board mean to me as a firefighter?
NBFSPQ credentials allow firefighters to easily transfer credentials to an accredited state.
What is IFSAC certification?
IFSAC is the International Fire Science Accreditation College; IFSAC is the second accrediting agency in the US for firefighters.
How do I secure a Pro-board certificate? What is the cost?
Applications are available in all area offices as well as on the VDFP website. Cost is $17.50 per application and 10 or more applications at a fee of $12.00 per certificate.