Florida State Statute 633.35(3) states: The Division of State Fire Marshal may issue a certificate to any person who has received basic employment training for firefighters in another state when the division has determined that such training was at least equivalent to that required by the division for approved firefighter education and training programs in this state and when such person has satisfactorily complied with all other requirements of this part. Florida law requires three hundred and sixty (360) hours of training, which must be basic employment training in nature. In-service training and continuing education are not accepted as meeting these criteria.
To determine if you qualify for the Firefighter Minimum Standards Equivalency Examination, please submit the Preliminary Equivalency Application, along with documentation of the basic employment training for firefighters that you have completed. Please include a cover letter from the training center you attended, attesting to the fact that you successfully completed basic training that meets or exceeds Florida’s course content, both in total hours and subject matter, as outlined on the preliminary application.
Your Preliminary Equivalency Application will be reviewed by the Challenge Review Board. If all training requirements are met, you will be mailed an Equivalency Examination Application for Certification as a Firefighter.
Please realize that acceptance by the Challenge Review Board is only the first step in achieving a Florida Firefighter Certificate of Compliance. A written and practical examination is required of all qualified persons seeking certification.
If you fail to meet the requirements, for any reason, you will receive written notification explaining the deficiencies found in your documentation. If your application is denied, you would be required to attend a Firefighter Minimum Standards Course, at one of the many Certified Training Centers located throughout Florida, in order to be certified as a firefighter in this state.