Illinois Fire Service Institute


Firefighter-I Challenge Exam - Skills Assessment : 20 Hours

Course Description

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.

This course is part of the following Programs

  • challenge exams
  • fire fighting


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

If you have specific questions about this course contact THOMAS SHUBERT

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Upcoming Classes

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champaign Sat, Nov 2 2019 -
Sun, Nov 3 2019

11 Gerty Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
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