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Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Regulations vary by state, but firefighters do not generally need certification before they are hired, and certification is voluntary but recommended. Certification is typically offered through a state's fire academy, fire-service certification board, fire-service training board, or other agency regulating fire and public safety personnel. Certification programs are accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress, which provides a listing of states offering the Firefighter I and Firefighter II designations. To become certified, candidates must pass written and practical tests.

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