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 the IFSAC and Pro Board registry.
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.
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IFSI prerequisites are based on Illinois and NFPA standards. Equivalencies from other agencies will be reviewed upon request.