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Value of IFSI Courses

OSFM State Certification

IFSI has been granted course approval for all classes that are tied to state certification through the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM). Additionally, in most cases the IFSI end-of-course exam has also been approved and is equivalent to the OSFM exam, saving your department time and money by allowing the firefighters to take one exam that meets both IFSI course completion and OSFM certification requirements. IFSI courses list the applicable OSFM certification in the course description, and a current list of IFSI course and exams which are approved by OSFM is included below. For additional information on the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal certification program, please visit their site: http://www.sfm.illinois.gov/fireservice/certification/index.aspx

Courses

Exam - OSFM Approved

Initial Approval Date

Approval End Date

Basic Firefighter / NFPA Firefighter I Academy No    
Confined Space Rescue Operations - Level I & II Yes 4/21/2014  12/31/2016
Confined Space Rescue Technician N/A    
Fire & Arson Investigation Module 1 Yes 7/1/1982  12/31/2016
Fire & Arson Investigation Module 2 Yes 7/1/1982  12/31/2016
Fire & Arson Investigation Module 3 Yes 7/1/1982  12/31/2016
Fire Apparatus Engineer (FAE) Yes 2/26/2015  12/31/2016
Fire Department Incident Safety Officer Yes 7/16/2009 2/17/2014
Fire Inspector I Yes 8/9/2010  12/31/2016
Fire Inspector II No    
Fire Prevention Principles Yes 7/1/1980  06/30/2019
Fire Service Vehicle Operator (FSVO) Yes 5/1/2006  12/31/2016
Hazardous Materials Awareness Yes 7/1/2000  12/31/2016
Hazardous Materials Incident Management System Yes 1/1/2000  12/31/2016
Hazardous Materials Operations Yes 1/1/2000  12/31/2016
Hazardous Materials Technician A Yes 1/1/1995  12/31/2016
Hazardous Materials Technician B Yes 7/1/1995  11/3/2016
Instructor I Yes 7/1/1975  9/23/2016
Instructor II Yes 7/1/1978  10/7/2016
Instructor III No  9/30/2016  9/30/2016
Management I Yes 7/1/1978  06/30/2019
Management II Yes 7/1/1978  06/30/2019
Management III Yes 7/1/1978  06/30/2019
Management IV Yes 7/1/1978  06/30/2019
Public Fire and Life Safety Educator I No    
Responder Intervention Team (RIT) N/A    
Rope Rescue Operations - Level I Yes 2/27/2014  12/31/2016
Rope Rescue Technician - Level II N/A    
Structural Collapse Operations - Level I Yes 1/1/2009  12/31/2016
Structural Collapse Technician - Level II Yes 5/20/2014  12/31/2016
Tactics & Strategy I Yes 7/1/1978  06/30/2019
Tactics & Strategy II Yes 7/1/1978  06/30/2019
Technical Rescue Awareness (TRA) Yes 1/1/2001  12/31/2016
Trench Rescue Operations - Level I Yes 2/20/2012  12/31/2016
Trench Rescue Technician - Level II Yes 7/17/2012  12/31/2016
Vehicle Machinery Operations Yes 8/29/2014  12/31/2016
Vehicle Machinery Technician Yes 10/6/2014  12/31/2016

EMS Continuing Education

IFSI provides its Regional EMS Office with updated course lists and content on an annual basis for submittal to the Illinois Department of Public Health for EMS Continuing Education credits. If a course is eligible for continuing education through IDPH, the continuing education hours will show up on your IFSI course completion certificate. The current list of IFSI courses which qualify for EMS continuing education credits is included below.

IDPH Guidelines for CEU Requirements

Course

Hours

Agricultural

 

Grain Bin Rescue Technician

4

   

All Hazards Programs

 

All Hazards Planning Section Chief

4

All Hazards Operations Section Chief

6

All Hazards Logistics Section Chief

6

All Hazards Liaison Officer L-956

2

All Hazards Incident Commander

6

All Hazards Supply Unit Leader

6

All Hazards Finance/Administration Section Chief

2

All Hazards Facilities Unit Leader Course

10

All Hazards Safety Officer Course

12

All Hazards Resource Unit Leader

12

All Hazards Situation Unit Leader

6

All Hazards Public Information Officer

4

All Hazards Incident Management Team

4

All Hazards Communications Unit Leader

4

   

Cornerstone Classes

 

Advanced Auto Extrication

6

Advanced LPG Emergencies

2

Agricultural Rescue Techniques

4

Anhydrous Ammonia Emergencies

2

Basic Aerial Apparatus Operations

1

Basic Auto Extrication

4

Basic Strategy and Tactics

1

Basic Truck Company Operations

1

Company Inspections

2

Courage to be Safe

4

Emergency Vehicle Operations

2

Engine Company Operations

3

Essentials 1

4

Essentials 2

2

Essentials 3

2

Ethanol Awareness

0.5

Fire Ground Search and Rescue

4


Fire Prevention and Public Education

1

Fire Service Ladders

1

Firefighter Rehab and Stress Management

6


Fire Service Vehicle Operator

2

Fires on the Farm

2

Flammable Liquids by Rail Awareness

1

Grain Bin Rescue Awareness

4

Large Vehicle Extrication

4

New Car Technology

2

Propane Firefighting

1

RIT Basics

4

Routine Emergencies

2

SCBA

2

Technical Rescue Awareness

6

Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Awareness

1

Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Operations

2

   

Firefighting Programs

 

Aerial Apapratus Driver / Operator

1

Basic Firefighter / NFPA Firefighter 1 Academy

28

Basic Operations Firefighter - Module C

10

Fire Attack & Suppression Techniques (FAST)

2


Fire Service Vehicle Operator (FSVO)

1

Vehicle and Machinery Ops

6

Vehicle and Machinery Tech

8

 

 

Fire Officer

 

Fire Department Incident Safety Officer

4

 

 

Hazardous Materials

 

HazMat Awareness

2

HazMat Awareness and Operations

18

HazMat Incident Management System (IMS)

4

HazMat Technician

24

Hazwoper 24 hr Ops

8

Hazwoper 40 hr Tech

8

   

Investigation and Prevention

 

Fire and Arson Investigation - Module 1

2

Fire and Arson Investigation - Module 3

4

Public Fire and Life Safety Educator 1 

7.5

 

 

Online

 

Autism Awareness

1

 

 

SOTP Programs

 

Confined Space Rescue Ops - Level 1 and 2

24

Confined Space Rescue Tech

 32

Grain Bin Rescue Operations

8

Industrial Confined Space Ops

24

Industrial Rope Rescue Ops

8

Rope Rescue Ops - Level 1

8

Rope Rescue Tech - Level 2

12

Structural Collapse Rescue Ops - Level 1

12

Structural Collapse Rescue Tech - Level 2

12

R.I.T. Rescue Tech

8

Trench Rescue Ops - Level 1

8

Trench Rescue Tech - Level 2

4

TRT Refresher (40 hour)

12

 

 

Wildland Firefighting

 

NWCG Medical Unit Leader

18

National Certification

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College Credit

Some IFSI Classes may be eligible to receive either college academic credit or vocational credit. It is up to the individual college to determine if a course qualifies for credit. To determine if an IFSI course is eligible for college academic credit or vocational credit, the student should contact the specific college directly to determine how to how best apply credit for IFSI courses. There is no mechanism for IFSI to provide direct credit for classes.

Students desiring to look into college credit may wish to keep their course materials, especially the course objectives, in case the specific college would like to evaluate the course for credit. IFSI also posts syllabus for all current courses on its website under the discipline specific program information page. The student is responsible for providing any further information the college may need in its evaluation.

American Council on Education (ACE)

The American Council on Education (ACE) has reviewed numerous IFSI courses for college credits. Descriptions and the amount of credits recommended by the ACE are listed in the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs. IFSI terminated its affiliation with ACE effective March 4, 2008. However, ACE approved courses completed prior to that date are still eligible for ACE recognition just as previously. Courses after that date are not ACE recognized

A student who has already taken, or plans to take, an Institute course and desires to apply the recommended credits toward a college curriculum, should check with the college he or she plans to attend to determine both the amount of credit and the subject areas in which the college will grant credit. Each institution and, in many cases, each academic unit and department within each institution, sets its own policies for granting credit. The college is not required to grant a student as much credit as recommended by ACE. A record of the IFSI courses you have taken is available in the Student Resource Center of the IFSI website for view/print. There is also a link to request a formal transcript.

For courses taken after March 4, 2008 for which a student is requesting college credit, IFSI can verify to the college the syllabus and objectives covered in the class.

NFA Approved Classes

The Illinois Fire Service Institute participates in the National Fire Academy Endorsement program. In fact, we currently have more of our courses "endorsed" than any other state. The concept came about because the NFA recognized that some state training agencies already provide top quality courses, and there was no point in the NFA duplicating their efforts. Under this program, state training agencies can submit their own courses to an NFA review committee. The program also provides a mechanism for state training agencies to share materials with other state training agencies. Students who take these approved courses receive a joint certificate bearing both the IFSI and NFA seals.

The following courses are approved and endorsed by the U.S. Fire Administration's National Fire Academy.

http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/nfa/sfto_approved.pdf

Basic Firefighter / NFPA Firefighter I Academy Y612
Basic Firefighter / NFPA Firefighter I (Online) Y613
Confined Space Rescue Operations - Level I & II Y621
Confined Space Rescue Technician Y622
Fire and Arson Investigation Module I Y702
Fire and Arson Investigation Module II Y703
Fire and Arson Investigation Module III Y704
Fire Apparatus Engineer (FAE) Y657
Fire Department Incident Safety Officer Y583
Fire Prevention Principles Y504
Hazardous Materials Awareness Y411
Hazardous Materials Incident Management System Y413
Hazardous Materials Operations Y412
Hazardous Materials Technician A Y414
Hazardous Materials Technician B Y415
Instructor I Y106
Instructor II Y107
Management I Y204
Management II Y205
Management III Y206
Management IV Y207
Rope Rescue Operations - Level I Y619
Rope Rescue Technician - Level II Y620
Structural Collapse Operations - Level I Y623
Structural Collapse Technician - Level II Y624
Tactics and Strategy I Y303
Tactics and Strategy II Y304
Technical Rescue Awareness (TRA) Y618
Trench Rescue Operations - Level I Y625
Trench Rescue Technician - Level II Y626

FEMA Approved Classes

Along with NFA endorsed courses, select courses offered through IFSI have also been approved through the National Training and Education Division (Office of Domestic Preparedness) through FEMA.

"NTED provides tailored training to enhance the capacity of state and local jurisdictions to prepare for, prevent, deter, respond to, and recover safely and effectively from potential manmade and natural catastrophic events, including terrorism."

The NTED course review and approval process has found that the following IFSI courses fall within the NTED mission scope. This is part of the process for tuition being waived on these courses.

http://www.firstrespondertraining.gov

NTED Course Number IFSI/ NTED Course Name Mission Areas
IL-001-RESP Hazardous Materials Awareness Respond
IL-002-RESP Hazardous Materials Awareness (Online) Respond
IL-003-RESP Technical Rescue Awareness (TRA) Respond
IL-004-RESP Technical Rescue Awareness (Online) Respond
IL-006-RESP Trench Rescue Technician - Level II Respond
IL-007-RESP Rope Rescue Operations - Level I Respond
IL-008-RESP Hazmat Technician B Respond
IL-009-RESP Confined Space Rescue Operations - Level I & II Respond
IL-010-RESP Structural Collapse Rescue Operations - Level I Respond
IL-011-RESP Unified Command Respond
IL-012-RESP Structural Collapse Rescue Technician - Level II Respond
IL-014-RESP Hazmat Operations Respond
IL-015-RESP Hazardous Materials Technician A Respond
IL-016-RESP Confined Space Rescue Technician Respond
 
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