Fire service training presents many challenges, all of which can be met by well-prepared and educated instructors. Instructors strive to provide firefighters and emergency responders with the knowledge and skills that enable them to perform their jobs in a safe and effective manner.

The division continuously works to strengthen and advance the education and skills of Missouri’s fire service instructors. Successful completion of an approved Fire Service Instructor I or Instructor II course is a requirement for eligibility for state certification testing at those levels. These levels are based on NFPA 1041-2012, Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications.

To deliver these courses locally or for course information, refer to the Fire Service Instructor Certification booklet for details on requesting resources or contact the division’s Training and Certification Unit at (573) 522-2426.

Fire Service Instructor Certification Exams

Instructor I

The written exam for this level consists of 100 multiple-choice questions which are based on the NFPA 1041-2012, Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications. (For questions on test referencing download the  Fire Service Instructor Certification booklet). Students have two hours to complete the written exam. The student must achieve a score of 70 percent on the exam in order to qualify for certification. The practical skills exam is to be completed during the Fire Service Instructor I Course.

Instructor II

The written exam for this level consists of 50 multiple-choice questions which are based on the NFPA 1041-2012, Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications. (For questions on test referencing download the  Fire Service Instructor Certification booklet). Students have one hour to complete the written exam. The student must achieve a score of 70 percent on the exam in order to qualify for certification. The practical skills exam is to be completed during the Fire Service Instructor II Course as well as completion of a development project.

Fire Service Instructor I and II certification is internationally accredited by IFSAC and Pro Board.