Illinois Fire Service Institute


Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations Challenge Exam - Skills Assessment (1072 - Ch. 4, 5, 6.2, 6.6) : 10.00 Hours

Course Description

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 ProBoard 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.

This course is part of the following Programs

  • hazardous materials courses for first responders
  • operations core competencies, ppe & product control


IFSI prerequisites are based on Illinois and NFPA standards. Equivalencies from other agencies will be reviewed upon request.

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