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Challenge Exams

The Illinois Fire Service Institute offers Challenge Exams for several NFPA Professional Qualifications.  

The Challenge Exam Program is designed for trained responders who have completed training to a given level, but do not currently hold an IFSAC or ProBoard national certification. These candidates prove competency and obtain national certification by completing the IFSI written exam and skills evaluations.

Upon successful completion of this objective process, national certification is awarded to the candidate in the form of a portable certificate that is recognized by state agencies and government contractors in the United States as well as internationally.

Firefighter-I Challenge Exam - Skills Assessment

The Challenge Exam for the NFPA Firefighter I level is designed to give experienced firefighters the opportunity to obtain national certification.  Evaluations including a written exam and multiple skill stations will be conducted over 2 days.  Upon successful completion of this objective process, national certification is awarded to the candidate, and the candidate’s name will be entered in both the IFSAC and Pro Board registries.

 

Written Test:   There is a 100-question written exam.  Candidates are given one attempt.  Additional attempts at the written exam can be scheduled at a regional test site at a later date.  There will be an additional fee for written exam retakes.

 

Skills Testing:   19 skills are evaluated: 12 mandatory skills and 7 randomly chosen skills are assessed.  Skills are referenced to NFPA 1001 JPRs.   Some of these skills involve live-fire evolutions.  Candidates are given two attempts at each skill.

 

Skill Sheets:   Performance Evaluation Checklists can be viewed here.

 

Reading Reference Texts

  • Written tests are referenced to
    • NFPA 1001 – Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, 2013 Ed Firefighter-I JPRs. 
    • Essentials of Fire Fighting and Fire Department Operations, 6th Edition. IFSTA, Fire Protection Publications, 2013.
    • Knowledge and skills objectives to study can be viewed here.
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Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations Challenge Exam - Skills Assessment (1072 - Ch. 4, 5, 6.2, 6.6)

The Challenge Exam for the NFPA Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations is designed to give trained responders the opportunity to obtain national certification.  Evaluations, including a written exam and multiple skill stations, will be conducted over one day.  Upon successful completion of this objective process, national certification is awarded to the candidate, and the candidate’s name will be entered in both the IFSAC and Pro Board registries.

 

Written Test:   There is a 100-question written exam (25 Awareness questions / 75 Operations questions).  Candidates are given one attempt. Additional attempts at the written exam can be scheduled at a regional test site at a later date.  There will be an additional fee for written exam retakes.

 

Skills Testing:    5 skills are evaluated and are referenced to NFPA 1072 JPRs.   Some of these skills involve SCBA evolutions.  Candidates are given two attempts at each skill.

 

Skill Sheets:   Performance Evaluation Checklists can be viewed here.

 

Reading Reference Texts

  • Written tests are referenced to
    • NFPA 1072 – Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergency Response Personnel Professional Qualifications, 2017 Ed. 
    • Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations, 3rd Edition, © 2019, Jones and Bartlett.
    • Knowledge and skills objectives to study can be viewed here.
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Instructor-I Challenge Exam - Skills Assessment

The Challenge Exam for the NFPA Fire and Emergency Services Instructor is designed to give trained responders the opportunity to obtain national certification.  Evaluations, including a written exam and multiple skill stations, will be conducted over one day.  Upon successful completion of this objective process, national certification is awarded to the candidate, and the candidate’s name will be entered in the Pro Board registry.

 

Written Test:   There is a 50-question written exam.  Candidates are given one attempt. Additional attempts at the written exam can be scheduled at a regional test site at a later date.  There will be an additional fee for written exam retakes.

 

Skills Testing:   Seven skills are evaluated.  Skills are referenced to NFPA 1041 JPRs.  Candidates are given two attempts at each skill.

 

Skill Sheets:   Performance Evaluation Checklists can be viewed here.

 

Reading Reference Texts

  • Written tests are referenced to
    • NFPA 1041 – Fire and Emergency Services Instructor Professional Qualifications, 2012 Ed. 
    • Fire Service Instructor, Principles and Practices, 2nd Edition, © 2014, Jones and Bartlett.
    • Knowledge and skills objectives to study can be viewed here.
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