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Preparing for the Written Examinations

The written exam for each certification level contains 50 to 100 multiple choice questions. One hour per 50 questions is allotted for each exam. A minimum score of 70 percent is required for successful completion. Students scoring less than 70 percent will be eligible to apply for retesting after 30 days from the test date.

Each certification exam is based entirely and solely on the NFPA standard for that level. For example, to prepare for the Firefighter I exam, candidates should review the NFPA 1001 - Level I standard as well as the text book for the class (s). Student should also carefully review the validated study material lists provided with each level of certification. A certification test may reference more than one manual or resource, and students should again refer to the standard for the specific information that will be tested.

Since the philosophy of a certification exam is to measure the overall knowledge of a student within a specific occupational area as well as the depth of that knowledge, students should fully prepare for the examination. Many test questions will be quite specific and detailed to a particular skill or task. There are a number of test preparation texts and programs available, and while these are neither required nor endorsed, they may help a student to identify strengths and weaknesses and to further prepare for the examination process.

Sample Questions                                                Re-testing

Oral Examination

Participants shall make the request for oral examination prior to or by the mid-point of the course to the instructor, course coordinator or regional office. Oral testing should be scheduled simultaneously with written testing. Oral examination cannot be requested after the testing process begins. Oral testing shall be administered in accordance with prescribed procedures in AP-011.

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