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
Note: Effective July 1, 2013, certification courses must appear on the student's Course History at Floridastatefirecollege.org to be used towards certifications or renewals, if not, course equivalency needs to be submitted.
- If classes were taken after July 1, 2013 and do not appear on the student's Course History, applicants are required to submit for course equivalency.
- Certificates and/or college transcripts for classes taken prior to July 1, 2013 and do not appear on the student's Course History will be reviewed for acceptance.
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.
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
|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
|BFST2770 Ethical and Legal 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:
Fire Service Instructor 1
Fire Service Instructor 2
Fire Service Instructor 3
|BFST1740 Fire Service Course Delivery||Instructor 1, 2, 3|
|BFST2741 Fire Service Course Design||Instructor 2, 3|
BFST16701 Florida Training Manager
Due to the content of this course (FL Statute, FL Administrative Code and FCDICE), an equivalency review does not apply to this course.