The Illinois Fire Service Institute Officer Program offers courses for fire officers and firefighters aspiring to become officers.
Course topics include Fire Officer I & II certifications, the highly acclaimed Fire Ground Company and Command Officer courses along with over 25 customizable fire officer and leadership courses. All IFSI Officer courses are taught by experienced fire officers who immerse students in real world leadership learning opportunities and challenges. For the convenience of our students, some officer classes are offered on weekends in local departments.
Fire Officer I & II course(s) are based upon Office of the State Fire Marshal certification requirements and NFPA 1021 - Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications. A multitude of customizable Officer courses are available to meet the growing need of fire agencies throughout the state.
Yes. The Fire Officer State Certification Advisory Committee (SCAC) has been tasked with correlating the current Fire Officer Program with the 2014 edition of NFPA 1021 - Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications. The Fire Officer SCAC has found the objectives of existing Fire Officer Program are two NFPA revision cycles in arrears. The Fire Officer SCAC then identified opportunities for improvements based upon adult learning concepts and delivery models along with new job performance requirements (JPRs).
The program is being rewritten to apply modern adult education principles, job performance requirements and to reflect the changes in NFPA 1021 Fire Officer (2014).
Yes, in Illinois most certifications remain valid once they are received. (NFPA Professional Qualifications are requiring continuing education document by the AHJ).
Yes, you will need to complete provisional certification requirements and will be certified as Fire Officer I or II under the old certification rules. The Fire Officer SCAC has recommended a grace period to complete this certification which is anticipated to expire June 30, 2019.
You should complete the remaining courses ASAP as teaching agencies may begin to reduce the number of offerings as the new program is introduced. The Fire Officer SCAC has recommended a grace period to complete this certification which is anticipated to expire June 30, 2019.
The Fire Officer SCAC has recommended a grace period to complete this certification which is anticipated to expire June 30, 2019.
A job task book will be issued in the course and will be completed within your own department to document proficiency and experience as a fire officer.
Task books are evaluated and the responsibility of your department that will be audited for completion by OSFM Field Staff representatives during site visits
Yes, upon completion of the course and job task book, an OSFM examination must be challenged and passed with a minimum score of 70%.
Simulations and practice experience may be used for portions of the job task book that may not be able to be completed due to low call volume. Some publishers have developed and marketed fire service scenarios and simulations which can be utilized. Should the Fire Officer SCAC develop a set of sample scenarios and simulations they will be made available to approved agencies.
Course completion certificates will be issued by the agency with valid OSFM course approval and that is equivalent to the current "provisional status" which is granted upon course completion and other co-requisites.
No, there is no bridge course into the new curriculum as it is too different from the existing courses. The Fire Officer SCAC believes that a fire officer will be better served by moving his/her professional development forward, rather than adjusting an existing certification.
Pilot course offerings are expected in the early spring 2015.
The 2014 edition of NFPA 1021 states, "The fire officer at all levels of progression shall remain current with the general knowledge and skills and job performance requirements addressed in the level of qualification. Thus, the Fire Officer SCAC anticipates that Fire Officers will be required to complete and document continuing education to maintain their Fire Officer Certification.
The Fire Officer SCAC has recommended a name change in order to differentiate between to two educational models.