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New Wildland Red Card Procedures

On May 16, 2018, the Utah Fire Service Certification Council approved a proposal that will separate the process of obtaining an Incident Qualification Card, or "Red Card," from the requirements of obtaining Wildland certification. At this point, the Certification Office at UFRA will be the clearinghouse for red cards issued to Utah firefighters, and will issue red cards at Arduous, Moderate, and Light fitness levels depending on various position qualification. 

Note:  NWCG no longer recognizes the 1.5 mile run for physical fitness testing at the arduous level. Firefighters who wish to obtain a red card with FFT2 qualifications or above must pass the pack test. For more information please contact the certification office or your area Fire Management Officer.

.  New Red Card Procedure Info Packet

What is Certification & Why is it Important?

"... certification from an accredited entity is a statement of success, an indisputable mark of performance belonging to individual fire service professionals. Each successful candidate for certification from an accredited entity knows that he or she has been measured against peers and meets rigorous national standards. Certification affords the individual a uniformity and portability of qualifications. In addition, the creditability of an organization is enhanced by having members certified to national consensus standards." - theproboard.org

Certification allows a fire service professional to be a part of the National Registry where employers can search a potential candidate. It also ensures that they have been trained at a national standard on how to deal with dangerous situations. Read More >


Certification Forms

Access forms to request exams, certify/recertify, submit pack test information, and other related items. 

Certification Forms

Certification Process

Step 1: Select the certification you are working on from the list below. | Step 2: After completing training, complete the "training record" found at the back of the certification standard. | Step 3: Request testing for written and practical tests using an Examination Request form.   | Step 4: After receiving results of successfully passing the test, request certification using the Certification/Re-Certification Request form. | Step 5:  If you did not pass the examination, you may request a re-take on the exam using the Examination Request form and then complete Step 4.

Certification Requirements and Prerequisites by Level

For more information, please visit our Testing and Certification FAQ page.

Certification Levels / Standards & Requirements



Firefighter I    
Firefighter II    
Hazardous Materials - Awareness & Operations    
Hazardous Materials - Technician    
Apparatus Driver Operator - Pumper    
Apparatus Driver Operator - Aerial    
Airport Firefighter    
Fire Officer I    
Fire Officer II    
Fire Instructor I, II    
Fire Inspector I, II, III (Fire Inspector III is not accredited by IFSAC or ProBoard.)    
Fire Life & Safety Educator I & II    
Fire Investigator    
Technical Rescuer- Ropes, Confined Space, Trench, Structural Collapse, Vehicle, Machinery    
Wildland Firefighter I    
Wildland Firefighter II    

Certification Fee Structure

Initial certification fees for Utah Fire Departments*:

  • 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.
  • Candidates passing their written examinations on the third attempt will pay $60.

The fees above apply to Utah fire departments only.  All other agencies will be assessed a testing/certification fee of $40 per level.
*As of July 1, 2018, the fee for all non-fire agencies was changed from $40 per level to $90 per level.

Other certification fees:

  • Recertification $5.
  • Reciprocity (transferring IFSAC or ProBoard certifications from out-of-state) will pay $20 per level.
  • Candidates from out-of-state who test in Utah for Airport Firefighter (ARFF) will pay $60 to certify.

Certification/Training Look up System

View your certifications you have been issued. 

Certification/Training Look up System

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Policy on Reciprocity

If a firefighter comes from another state with either an IFSAC seal or a Pro Board certificate, the Utah Fire Service Certification System will offer reciprocity to that firefighter upon two conditions. 1) The person must first be on a Utah fire department.  2) The level being requested must be accredited within the Utah system. Once these two conditions are met, the person may have his or her chief or training officer request reciprocity using a Certification/Re-certification Request form.  The cost for reciprocity is $20 per level.

Staff Contact Information

Please note recent changes in staff responsibilities. 

Staff Member



Lori Howes Manages certification program 801-863-7752
Jennifer Lindley Processes exam requests and grading   801-863-7773
Marta Morrow Coordinates testers and exam details   801-863-7746
Hilary Kline Processes certification/recertification requests 801-863-7745
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Department Recognition

The Utah Fire and Rescue Academy would like to recognize departments that support, promote, and encourage their emergency response personnel to certify within the Utah Fire Service Certification System.  The Department Recognition program allows departments to showcase all the hard work that has been done by their members.

Department Recognition

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Certification Council

The governing body for the firefighter certification system in the state of Utah is the Utah Fire Service Certification Council (UFSCC).  The members of the council represent various areas of the state as well as a variety of department types.

Certification Council

Certification Tester Information

Certification Testers are representatives of the Utah Fire Service Certification council who have applied and been trained to administer certification exams.  They will only test levels that they are certified at. Testers are required to attend yearly training and are evaluated periodically on their performance as a tester.

Forms and information for certification testers >