CertificationIntroduction to the Certification System

National Accreditation

The Utah Fire Service Certification System is a nationally recognized program that is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and the National Board on Fire Service Professional Standards (Pro Board).

The accreditation status provides Utah firefighters with certification portability. Being internationally accredited ensures the first responder that the certification they receive in Utah will be recognized in other states and countries that are also accredited.

Being accredited by IFSAC and Pro Board have allowed the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy to move to the forefront in the area of certification. The Utah certification program is well known in the West and nationwide. The Certification Office works hard to maintain a system that is fair and equal. We are always striving to be current and on the leading edge.

Policy on Reciprocity

If a firefighter comes from another state with either an IFSAC seal or an Pro Board certificate, the Utah Fire Service Certification System will offer reciprocity to that firefighter upon two conditions. The person must first be on a Utah fire department and second, the level being requested must be accredited within the Utah system. Once these two conditions are met, the person may receive a Utah certificate.

Certification Fee Structure

Certification fees are as follows:

  • Candidates passing their written examinations on the first attempt will pay $0 for testing/certification.
  • Candidates passing their written examinations on the second attempt will pay $40 (the former fee).
  • Candidates passing their written examinations on the third attempt will pay $60.
  • Only those testing after July 1, 2013 will be eligible for this fee structure.


  • flame bullettTake written certification tests at UFRA on the 1st Friday of each month at 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.  Send in a test request with as little as five days notice.

  • flame bullett  Completion of the NIMS IS-700 course is now required for all new and re-certifying wildland certifications.  IS-700 Online Course