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    If I take FFI in Pennsylvainia can I go to another state such as California will they reject me if I apply with my Pa certification?
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    There are two nationwide fire service credential accrediting councils, whose members recognize each other's training.

    National Fire Service Professional Qualifications Board, a/k/a ProBoard, http://www.theproboard.org/agencies.htm
    Alabama
    Alberta
    Arkansas
    Connecticut
    Delaware
    Florida
    Georgia
    Kansas
    Maryland
    Massachusetts
    Michigan
    Montana
    Nebraska
    New Hampshire
    New York
    Pennsylvania
    Rhode Island
    Utah
    Virginia
    West Virginia
    Plus a few independent agencies/training centers.

    The other is the International Fire Service Accrediation Council. www.ifsac.org

    Alabama
    Alaska
    Alberta
    Arizona
    Arkansas
    British Columbia
    Canadian Defence
    Colorado
    Connecticut
    Delaware
    District of Columbia
    Georgia
    Hawaii
    Iceland
    Idaho
    Indiana
    Iowa
    Kansas
    Kentucky
    Louisiana
    Manitoba
    Maryland
    Michigan
    Minnesota
    Mississippi
    Missouri
    Montana
    Nebraska
    New Brunswick
    Newfoundland
    New Mexico
    New York
    North Carolina
    Nova Scotia
    Ohio
    Oklahoma
    Oman
    Ontario
    Oregon
    Pennsylvania
    Quebec
    Saskatchewan
    South Africa
    South Carolina
    Tennessee
    Texas
    United States Department of Defense
    Utah
    Washington
    Wisconsin

    So the quick answer is...While Pennsylvania is a member of both, California is not. So you'd have to take the course curriculm from PA, and show it to however certifies you in CA and see if they'd accept it.

    If you, say, where going from PA to FL, it should transfer just fine.

    Now, you'll have to send your $15 or so to "register" with each of these associations. At least in CT, the application forms come along with your state certificate.

    I'd also caution if you have money riding on it, like you're planning to move to take a firefighting job, contact the agency involved where your relocating too and get assurance in advance that everything is honkey-dorey. It's one thing to fight for your certs if your just moving and gonna volunteer in the new place...it's another to find your not eligible for a new job when you get there and find out there's a technical glitch.

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    Dalmatian is right when he said, you should check out where you are going. Michigan is on both lists but to be certified here you have to be an active member of a fire dept. and then challenge the Michigan FF Training Councils test.
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    Cool We're on Both......

    Maryland is on both lists, but I think that the National Pro Board is recognized more readily here. Whenever I take a course, I make sure that there is credit for whatever certification I am working towards. I currently hold eleven Nat. Pro Board certificates, including Fire Officer IV, Instructor III, and HazMat Tech. Stay safe....
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    Thanks for all of your help Maybe I will just move to Philadelphia. But that is in a long while. I am only in 11th grade.
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    and note how New Jersey isn't recognized by either council.....
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