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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 DeliveryFO1
BFST1810 Firefighting Tactics and Strategies IFO1
BFST2120 Building Construction for the Fire ServiceFO1
BFST2720 Company OfficerFO1
BFST1505 Fire Prevention PracticesFO2
BFST1540 Private Fire Protection Systems IFO2
BFST2180 Firefighting Tactics and Strategies IIFO2
BFST2741 Fire Service Course DesignFO2

 


 

BFST COURSES FOR:

Fire Officer 3

Fire Officer 4

Applicable Certification
BFST2770 Ethical and Legal Issues in the Fire ServiceFO3
BFST3780 Analytical Approaches to Public Fire ProtectionFO3
BFST9516 Chief OfficerFO3
BFST3533 Community Risk Reduction for the Fire and Emergency ServicesFO4
BFST3720 Strategic PlanningFO4
BFST4045 Personnel Management for the Fire ServiceFO4
BFST9884 Quantitative AnalysisFO4

 


 

BFST COURSES FOR:

Fire Safety Inspector 1

Fire Safety Inspector 2

Fire Code Administrator

Applicable Certification
BFST1505 Fire Prevention PracticesInspector 1
BFST1510 Codes and StandardsInspector 1
BFST1540 Private Fire Protection Systems IInspector 1
BFST2120 Building Construction for the Fire ServiceInspector 1
BFST2521 Construction Documents and Plans ReviewInspector 1
BFST2111 Fire ChemistryInspector 2
BFST2541 Private Fire Protection Systems IIInspector 2
BFST2770 Ethical and Legal Issues in the Fire ServiceInspector 2
BFST1793 Fire & Lifesafety Educator I OR BFST2706 Public Information OfficerInspector 2
BFST2770 Legal and Ethical Issues in the Fire ServiceFire Code Administrator
BFST3533 Community Risk Reduction for the Fire and Emergency ServicesFire Code Administrator
BFST3780 Analytical Approaches to Public Fire ProtectionFire Code Administrator
BFST4045 Personnel Management for the Fire ServiceFire Code Administrator
BFST4585 Fire Prevention Organization and ManagementFire Code Administrator

 


 

BFST COURSES FOR:

Fire Service Instructor 1

Fire Service Instructor 2

Fire Service Instructor 3

Applicable Certification
BFST1740 Fire Service Course DeliveryInstructor 1, 2, 3
BFST2741 Fire Service Course DesignInstructor 2, 3

 


 

BFST COURSES FOR:

Fire & Life Safety Educator 1

Fire & Life Safety Educator 2

Applicable Certification
BFST1793 Fire & Lifesafety Educator IF&LSE 1, 2
BFST1793 Fire & Lifesafety Educator IIF&LSE 2

 


 

BFST COURSES FOR:

Health and Safety Officer

Incident Safety Officer

Applicable Certification
BFST6741 Florida Health and Safety OfficerISO
BFST6742 Incident Safety OfficerHSO
BFST7529 Legal Issues for Safety OfficerHSO

 


 

BFST COURSES FOR:

Pump Operator

Applicable Certification
BFST1301 Fire Service HydraulicsPump Operator
BFST1302 Fire Apparatus OperationsPump Operator