Pro Board® Fire Service Professional Qualifications System

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Organizations: The Pro Board Accredits those public sector organizations (generally governmental or educational) internationally that certify emergency services responders against the requirements of the Standards of the National Professional Qualifications System. Those Standards are promulgated by the National Fire Protection Association.
We do not accredited training systems, programs, or curriculum. Our focus is directed at the testing process used by an eligible entity. It is outside of our mission, as well, to accredit for profit companies or concerns.

Mission: The purpose of the Pro Board® is to establish an internationally recognized means of acknowledging professional achievement in the fire service and related fields. The accreditation of organizations that certify uniform members of public fire departments, both career and volunteer, is the primary goal. However, other  organizations with fire protection interests may also be considered for participation. Accreditation is generally provided at the State or Provincial level to the empowered certifying authority of that jurisdiction. [Top of Page]

Accreditation:   The Pro Board® accredits organizations that use the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA's) professional qualification standards.  The accreditation process begins with the submission of an application, including a detailed self study document, by the organization seeking accreditation. The application package is then reviewed by the members of the Committee on Accreditation (COA) for completeness and compliance with the accreditation criteria of the Pro Board®.  The next step is a site visit by a team of COA members, usually two, who perform an extensive on-site review of the organization's testing and certification processes.  The site visit team prepares a report and presents it to the COA.   The COA decides if accreditation is granted. [Top of Page]

Certification: An entity that is accredited by the Pro Board® makes  certification available to its members. Members are then eligible to be entered into the Pro Board's® certification registry and receive a certificate from the accredited entity, or apply for a certificate from the Pro Board®, affirming that they were certified by a Pro Board® accredited entity and that they are entered in the Pro Board's® certification registry.  In addition, the Pro Board® encourages reciprocity among certifying entities. This helps assure that Pro Board® certification will be recognized by the department as the members seek advancement, and by other departments should they seek to transfer within the fire service. The cost of registration including a Pro Board® Certificate ranges from $5.50 to $15.00 for North American Accredited Entities, depending on the certificate distribution plan selected by the accredited agency. The cost of registration  and certificates for non-North American Accredited Entities is available upon request by contacting the Accreditation Manager at 413-267-5140 or at[Top of Page

Benefits:  Professionalism has long been a goal sought by members of the fire service. It has only been within the past 25 years that a system has evolved to produce national professional qualifications standards that an entity can use to establish performance measures for personnel. Entities that achieve Pro Board® accreditation are recognized as having met the rigors of review by an independent organization. This third party independent review is the best way to assure candidates and governance bodies that the entity’s program meets the national standards.

Pro Board® recognized certification from an accredited entity is a statement of success, an indisputable mark of performance belonging to individual fire service professionals. Each successful candidate for certification from an accredited entity knows that he or she has been measured against peers and meets rigorous national standards. Certification affords the individual a uniformity and portability of qualifications.  In addition, the credibility of an organization is enhanced by having members certified to national consensus standards.  A high percentage of certified members within a department should certainly help managers in their pursuit of adequate funding at budget time. [Top of Page]

Organization: The Pro Board® was incorporated in 1990 as the “National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications”, a non-profit corporation. The organization is commonly known as The Pro Board®. A Board of Directors administers the system and currently consists of one member from the International Association of Arson Investigators, Inc. (IAAI), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the North American Fire Training Directors (NAFTD), one member-at-large, and the Chair of the Pro Board® Advisory Committee. The Chair of the Committee on Accreditation and the Accreditation Manager serve as a non-voting, ex-officio, members on the Board.  The Board of Director’s primary responsibility is to set policy for the system and ensure fiscal stability for continued operation. The Committee on Accreditation is comprised of representatives appointed by the Board of Directors and representatives elected by the accredited entities.  They are charged with the task of accreditation through review of applications, site visits and implementation of policy set by the Board of Directors. The Advisory Committee is comprised of delegates from all of the accredited entities.  It serves as a conduit for policy questions and suggestions  to be addressed by the Board of Directors and/or the COA . [Top of Page]

Contact information for the Pro Board®:

If you represent an accredited entity or an agency that is interested in accreditation by the Pro Board® please contact the Accreditation Manager:

Frederick Piechota



If you are an individual who is seeking information about certifications or certificates please contact the Certification Coordinator.

Amy Sturtevant-Greenfield


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For more information about fire service professional qualifications, certification and/or accreditation,  please feel free to explore our site, review our documents and ask us questions.  Thank you for your interest.


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