The UFSCS has been administered by the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy since the system’s inception in the early 1980s. The entire system is based on international professional job performance standards from NFPA and NWCG.
Firefighters, Hazardous Materials Responders and Rescue Personnel can earn various certifications by undergoing training given by UFRA, their own departments or other agencies and then completing written and practical testing administered by testers authorized by the Utah Fire Service Certification Council.
Students, who are not employed by an emergency response agency, but attend an accredited fire programs at Utah Valley University, Davis Applied Technology College, Bridgerland Applied Technology College and the West Valley City Fire Academy may also become certified at basic levels.
Some wildland fire certifications require the additional step of having “Position Task Books” signed off in the field following training assignments that include actual fire experience.
Testing takes place all over the state of Utah and is usually scheduled by fire department training officers for members of one or more local agencies to test at their own facilities using their own equipment.
Currently, UFRA receives funding from the State of Utah to provide initial testing and certification at no charge to local agencies. Non-fire agencies, industrial fire departments, and students pay a relatively small fee for testing and certification. We do not certify private wildland fire company personnel.
Applicants are allowed three attempts at written and practical tests. Failing three times forces a candidate to retrain before attempting to pass again.
Volunteer, part-time and fully paid firefighters must all meet the same standard to certify. Most fire departments in Utah have certified personnel even though there is no law requiring that. Certification is almost universally recognized by the fire service as validation of the training process and an indicator of individual competence.
If you have any questions regarding the certification system, please contact the Certification Office by phone, or e-mail.