Training & Certifications
I am writing to find out opinions, ideas and view points with respect to state administered fire certifications. It seems, from initial analysis, that each state is doing there own thing, with some that are legitimized by national accrediation bodies. The problem seems to be that when viewing training, and subsequent certifications, that the variance between taught-administration-qualification is minimal at best. For those that have received certification it is a difficult experience going from state to another state. Often you are asked to retest (written & practical) even when your certs are under 5 years old.
Unless we are a fairly non-mobile society (which we aren't) you will face this problem if you move from the state in which you have received your certs. This sitation requires alot of anguish and effort for all who have worked hard to get certified and for whatever reason must move out of state. At the present you have only a couple of solutions; 1. don't move, 2. move but don't pursue reciprocity, 3. move and retest. From the states that I have dealt with option 3 is the only one that will be discussed. What isn't discussed is the pass/fail rate for those going down this road. Yet, often these same states do not require those receiving certs in their state to maintain a level of continuing education or physical capability. Is this a bit of an irony?
Thanks for listening to the vent. Hope that something can be done to influence states, accreditation bodies and others to make the system more flexible for those who are mobile.