Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS)

Reference Material / Body Of Knowledge

  • NFPA Fire Protection Handbook, 20th Edition
  • The handbook is available for purchase here.

Eligibility Requirements

Meet One Of The Following Criteria

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a Fire Protection-related discipline plus 2 years of work experience dedicated to curtailing fire loss.
  • Associate’s degree in a Fire Protection-related discipline plus 4 years of work experience dedicated to curtailing fire loss.
  • High school diploma, or equivalent plus 6 years of work experience dedicated to curtailing fire.

How To Apply

  • Complete the online application. (Note: The application requires the signature of your supervisor or a HR representative, to validate your current )
  • Pay the $350 initial exam fee.
  • Submit required documents
  • Allow 15 business days for review of your application.
  • NFPA will email an authorization letter with exam scheduling
  • Special accommodations are available, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Required Documents

  • Resume’ reflecting work experience dedicated to curtailing fire loss
  • Copy of college degree or an official transcript showing awarding of the degree
  • Signed copy of the Code of Conduct and Ethics Declaration (Pg. 20 in Candidate Handbook)

NOTE: If you do not provide all required documentation, your application will not be processed.

About The Exam

  • Proctored computer-based exam
  • Open book
  • 3-hours
  • 100 multiple-choice questions
  • Available in English only
  • You have 12 months, from the application approval date, to pass the exam.

Exam Preparation Tips

  • Become thoroughly familiar with the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook (20th Edition).
  • Review the CFPS Exam Content Area Blueprint presented as Appendix I in the candidate
  • A computer-based online CFPS Practice Exam is available for $75.00 and can be purchased here.
  • NFPA offers optional exam prep trainings, as well as a CFPS practice exam. Details for online training options can be found here.

Exam Day

  • A valid government issued ID must be presented at the test
  • A print copy of NFPA Fire Protection Handbook is the ONLY reference allowed in the test
  • Smart phones and other electronic devices are NOT
  • You will be notified whether you passed or failed upon completion of the
  • Formal results will be sent to you within 10-15 business days.

Exam Fail / Retest

  • Submit retest application with the $175.00 fee
  • If needed, you may retest 2 additional times within 12-months of initial approval date
  • Re-application is required after a third failed attempt.

Cancel / Reschedule Policy

  • Exam dates may be rescheduled through the Prometric scheduling portal at https://proscheduler.prometric.com/scheduling/appointmentsearch
  • There is no charge to reschedule 30 or more calendar days prior to your appointment date.
  • A $50.00 fee will be charged, by Prometric, if you reschedule between 29 and 5 days prior to your appointment
  • If you cancel your appointment 4 or fewer days prior to your appointment date, or fail to show for your scheduled exam, submission of a retest application and fee will be required.

Renewal / Annual Fee

Recertification / Professional Development

  • Recertification is required on the 3rd anniversary of the certification issue date, and every 3 years
  • Document 50 professional development points related to the fire safety profession during the 3-year certification
  • On the 3rd year certification anniversary, submit the Recertification Application and Points Summary
  • There is no recertification fee, but you must still pay the annual renewal fee for the year..
  • Random audits, of professional development points, are conducted up to 6 months from the recertification date.

Use Of The CFPS Credential

  • Must maintain active certification status
  • Certified may refer to themselves as a CFPS credential holder
  • CFPS designation may be used after certified’s name on business cards, personal letterhead, resumes, websites, and in their email
  • Certified’s name and address must always be displayed with the CFPS logo.
  • NFPA Fire Protection Handbook, 20th Edition
  • The handbook is available for purchase here.

Meet One Of The Following Criteria

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a Fire Protection-related discipline plus 2 years of work experience dedicated to curtailing fire loss.
  • Associate’s degree in a Fire Protection-related discipline plus 4 years of work experience dedicated to curtailing fire loss.
  • High school diploma, or equivalent plus 6 years of work experience dedicated to curtailing fire.
  • Complete the online application. (Note: The application requires the signature of your supervisor or a HR representative, to validate your current )
  • Pay the $350 initial exam fee.
  • Submit required documents
  • Allow 15 business days for review of your application.
  • NFPA will email an authorization letter with exam scheduling
  • Special accommodations are available, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Resume’ reflecting work experience dedicated to curtailing fire loss
  • Copy of college degree or an official transcript showing awarding of the degree
  • Signed copy of the Code of Conduct and Ethics Declaration (Pg. 20 in Candidate Handbook)

NOTE: If you do not provide all required documentation, your application will not be processed.

  • Proctored computer-based exam
  • Open book
  • 3-hours
  • 100 multiple-choice questions
  • Available in English only
  • You have 12 months, from the application approval date, to pass the exam.
  • Become thoroughly familiar with the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook (20th Edition).
  • Review the CFPS Exam Content Area Blueprint presented as Appendix I in the candidate
  • A computer-based online CFPS Practice Exam is available for $75.00 and can be purchased here.
  • NFPA offers optional exam prep trainings, as well as a CFPS practice exam. Details for online training options can be found here.
  • A valid government issued ID must be presented at the test
  • A print copy of NFPA Fire Protection Handbook is the ONLY reference allowed in the test
  • Smart phones and other electronic devices are NOT
  • You will be notified whether you passed or failed upon completion of the
  • Formal results will be sent to you within 10-15 business days.
  • Submit retest application with the $175.00 fee
  • If needed, you may retest 2 additional times within 12-months of initial approval date
  • Re-application is required after a third failed attempt.
  • Exam dates may be rescheduled through the Prometric scheduling portal at https://proscheduler.prometric.com/scheduling/appointmentsearch
  • There is no charge to reschedule 30 or more calendar days prior to your appointment date.
  • A $50.00 fee will be charged, by Prometric, if you reschedule between 29 and 5 days prior to your appointment
  • If you cancel your appointment 4 or fewer days prior to your appointment date, or fail to show for your scheduled exam, submission of a retest application and fee will be required.
 
  • Recertification is required on the 3rd anniversary of the certification issue date, and every 3 years
  • Document 50 professional development points related to the fire safety profession during the 3-year certification
  • On the 3rd year certification anniversary, submit the Recertification Application and Points Summary
  • There is no recertification fee, but you must still pay the annual renewal fee for the year..
  • Random audits, of professional development points, are conducted up to 6 months from the recertification date.
  • Must maintain active certification status
  • Certified may refer to themselves as a CFPS credential holder
  • CFPS designation may be used after certified’s name on business cards, personal letterhead, resumes, websites, and in their email
  • Certified’s name and address must always be displayed with the CFPS logo.
 
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