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    Default Certification Woe's!

    Maybe someone out here can enlighten me on this subhect of transfer of certification from state to state. As far as I have been told my certification as a Florida Firefighter is good in all states except NY,CA,NJ. The thing is Im moving out to California to be with my fiance as she has a great job teaching out there now. Can I challenge the CA state exam since I already have certification elsewhere? How do I go about this. Its tough getting answers from the CDF over the phone and other local depts dont have a clue. Help please!

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    Are your certs IFSAC or NPQ (NFPA professinal qualifications) accredited? If they are you can check out their websites for places their certs are accepted. I can tell you that your certs will only let you challenge the test here in Michigan, and you can only challenge if a dept. sponsors you.
    If your certs are not accredited, you are probably screwed.
    Good luck.

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    Change the title of the thread to California Reciprocity and see if that gets some more replys

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    Here in NYS if you qualify as a Nat. FF1 for example, that cert probably wont go any place else because the CFR does not cross state lines.

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    Default NFPA 1001 is the national standard...

    If you attend training per the NFPA standards and have good records, you'll probably be in good shape most everywhere. One exception I know of is New York. When I moved here in 1989, I had NFPA cert's through Officer I. When I called the NYS Office of Fire Programs (Mr. Wutz and crew), I was told that my certifications would not allow me to "skip" the NYS training program for "beginning" firemanship (EF as it was called). I though, "Gee, that NYS program must be really tough" if they didn't think my NFPA certications were adequate. I was really looking forward to completing the NYS program and learning about all the stuff I apparently was not taught in Fairfax, VA. I asked around a little before the EF course started and found out that there wasn't even a test ! Nothing ! No written, no practical ! Amazing ! Wake-up people. You want more firefighter deaths, I couldn't think of a better idea !

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    I don't know but in MD once you are certified you are only cert. in MD and DC but if I take and pass EMT B, and a hazmat class then I will receive national certification, I don't know where you can get information on this but this is how it works in MD

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    Dc-1Firefighter

    Good luck.. I moved to Florida (a Pro Board State) with 21.5 years career experience and 28 as a volunteer. This included hazardous materials specialist and part time employee for the Virginia Department of Fire Programs certified to Instructor IV. Virginia is a Pro Board state.... Florida told me I was not qualified to even challenge the firefighter I test. Some contacts I had here familiar with the system told me to persist and they would come to my way of thinking eventually. After over 10 months...I was successful..

    I suggest you go to National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications

    See if California is listed and then look up Florida. See what National Qualifications each accept and get your Florida Certifications Nationally certified. Costs $15.00 each and you will have to send copies of your certs to Ocala for them to verify and they will forward to NPQS. Takes about 2 months...sometimes less.
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