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Bureau of Fire Standards and Training

Course Equivalency Process

Purpose: It is the intent of the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training (BFST) to recognize the equivalency of training received by individuals desiring to become certified under Florida Statute and Florida Administrative Code

Authority: Florida Statute 633.432: Purpose of Fire College and 69A-37.065, F.A.C. Firefighters Standards and Training: Programs of Study and Vocational Courses.

Process: Course Equivalency is an individual course evaluation conducted for the purpose of making a determination of similar course outcomes and objectives; comparing courses approved by the BFST with courses offered by other institutions.

Applicants who wish to request a Course Equivalency evaluation shall complete the appropriate worksheet and attach the requested information in the order it appears on the worksheet.


Please note that BFST will not evaluate a Course Equivalency Request until ALL of the required information has been submitted.


IMPORTANT

Course Equivalency Requests are processed during the last week of each month. Course Equivalency Requests received after the 20th of the month   will be processed the following month!


Upon completion of a Course Equivalency Evaluation, the BFST Training Section shall email the result to the applicant.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to maintain a copy of the Course Equivalency Approval Determination.

When submitting an Application for Certification through BFST’s online database (FCDICE), applicants are required to upload all supporting documentation, including proof of each Course Equivalency Approval Determination.


To access the Course Equivalency Worksheet, select the desired BFST Course for the applicable Certification.

 

BFST COURSES FOR:

Fire Officer 1

Fire Officer 2

Applicable Certification
BFST1740 Fire Service Course Delivery FO1
BFST1810 Firefighting Tactics and Strategies I FO1
BFST2120 Building Construction for the Fire Service FO1
BFST2720 Company Officer FO1
 
BFST1505 Fire Prevention Practices FO2
BFST1540 Private Fire Protection Systems I FO2
BFST2180 Firefighting Tactics and Strategies II FO2
BFST2741 Fire Service Course Design FO2

 

 

BFST COURSES FOR:

Fire Officer 3

Fire Officer 4

Applicable Certification
BFST2770 Legal and Ethical Issues in the Fire Service FO3
BFST3780 Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection FO3
BFST9516 Chief Officer FO3
 
BFST3533 Community Risk Reduction for the Fire and Emergency Services FO4
BFST3720 Strategic Planning FO4
BFST4045 Personnel Management for the Fire Service FO4
BFST9884 Quantitative Analysis FO4

 

 

BFST COURSES FOR:

Firesafety Inspector 1

Firesafety Inspector 2

Fire Code Administrator

Applicable Certification
BFST1505 Fire Prevention Practices Inspector 1
BFST1510 Codes and Standards Inspector 1
BFST1540 Private Fire Protection Systems I Inspector 1
BFST2120 Building Construction for the Fire Service Inspector 1
BFST2521 Construction Documents and Plans Review Inspector 1
 
BFST2111 Fire Chemistry Inspector 2
BFST2541 Private Fire Protection Systems II Inspector 2
BFST0000 Origin and Cause Inspector 2
BFST1793 Fire & Lifesafety Educator I Inspector 2
OR
BFST2706 Public Information Officer Inspector 2
 
BFST2770 Legal and Ethical Issues in the Fire Service Fire Code Administrator
BFST3533 Community Risk Reduction for the Fire and Emergency Services Fire Code Administrator
BFST3780 Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection Fire Code Administrator
BFST4045 Personnel Management for the Fire Service Fire Code Administrator
BFST4585 Fire Prevention Organization and Management Fire Code Administrator

 

 

BFST COURSES FOR:

Fire Service Instructor 1

Fire Service Instructor 2

Fire Service Instructor 3

Applicable Certification
BFST1740 Fire Service Course Delivery Instructor 1, 2, 3
BFST2741 Fire Service Course Design Instructor 2, 3
   

 

 

BFST COURSES FOR:

Fire & Life Safety Educator 1

Fire & Life Safety Educator 2

Applicable Certification
BFST1793 Fire & Lifesafety Educator I F&LSE 1, 2
BFST1793 Fire & Lifesafety Educator II F&LSE 2
   

 

 

BFST COURSES FOR:

Health and Safety Officer

Incident Safety Officer

Applicable Certification
BFST6741 Florida Health and Safety Officer ISO
BFST6742 Incident Safety Officer HSO
BFST7529 Legal Issues for Safety Officer HSO