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.
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.
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