1 ARIZONA AUTHORIZED ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR ORIENTATION PROGRAM
2 Arizona Center for Fire Service Excellence AzCFSE Main Line: Arizona Center for Fire Service Excellence AzCFSE Main Line: Jeff Johnston: Melina Joya: Paul Adams: Fax Line: azfiretraining.org (azcfse.org)
3 WHAT WILL WE ACCOMPLISH IN THIS PRESENTATION? Explain what AzCFSE does and whyDemonstrate the Value of CertificationCreate an understanding of what IFSAC does.Explain the Adjunct Instructor’s role in running a successful program for CertificationIncrease your understanding of Certification testing policies
4 WHAT IS THE VALUE OF CERTIFICATION? Documents achievement independent of the organizationProvides credibility to an organization, and its membership as fire professionalsAllows for individual recognition of success
5 WHY DO DEPARTMENTS WANT ARIZONA CERTIFICATION? Time has proven the validity of Arizona CertificationAcceptance has proven the value of Arizona Certification
6 Adjunct Instructors Are: THE ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR IS A VALUABLE PART OF THE ARIZONA CERTIFICATION PROGRAMAdjunct Instructors Are:Directly responsible for acceptance and respect of CertificationSet the quality of knowledge for each programResponsible for the skill abilities of program participants
7 WHAT IS ARIZONA CERTIFICATION and HOW DO YOU GET IT? Certification is a voluntary program offered by AzCFSENo state law requires certificationTo request certification testing, a program must meet AzCFSE program requirementsIndividuals within each program:Must meet the prerequisites and successfully complete an approved certification programTest for competency under the NFPA standard
8 ARIZONA CERTIFICATION LEVELS FIREFIGHTER I AND IIHAZARDOUS MATERIALS TECHNICIAN (PHOENIX) - IFSACFIRE OFFICER I & II (In development)FIRE INSPECTOR IFIRE INSTRUCTOR I AND IIPUBLIC FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY EDUCATOR
9 ARIZONA CERTIFICATION STANDARDS AND PERFORMANCE CRITERIA CERTIFICATION TESTS ARE BASED ON NFPA STANDARDSFIRE FIGHTER I&II, NFPA 1001, 2008 Ed.FIRE INSPECTOR, NFPA 1031, 2009 Ed.FIRE INSTRUCTOR, NFPA 1041, 2007 Ed.PUBLIC FIRE EDUCATOR, NFPA 1035, 2010 Ed.FIRE OFFICER, NFPA 1021, 2009 Ed.
10 WHAT IS IFSAC? INTERNATIONAL FIRE SERVICE ACCREDITATION CONGRESS A peer-driven organizationCreated to raise the level of professionalism in the fire serviceAccredits fire service training entities by peer review of program outcome testing to a national standardIFSAC is not a certificationindividuals cannot be certified by IFSACIFSAC is an ACCREDITATION of a certifying agency’s testing processVisit the AzCFSE website for the most up-to-date information regarding IFSAC membership and accreditation (azfiretraining.org)
11 STARTING A CERTIFICATION PROGRAM An approved Arizona Adjunct Instructor must submit the course in advance and conduct the programAt least 30 days prior to first class submit at minimum:Application & Test Request FormFacilities Verification FormClass syllabusRequired Hours Form (Firefighter Programs)Additional paperwork required for testing:Initial roster with EIN’s 2 weeks after class starts (Firefighter Programs)The Final roster is not due until 2 weeks prior to testing (All Programs)
12 FACILITIES VERIFICATION FORM This form declares:The course will use appropriate classroom areas:LightedHeated/cooledComfortableThe course will use equipment meeting applicable NFPA standards
13 THE COURSE SYLLABUS & LESSON PLAN The Syllabus and lesson plan should show who, what, when, where :Who is hosting the class and who is instructingWhen and where are classes heldWhat are the requirements, prerequisites and expectations.What curriculum is usedWhat topics are covered and how many hours are in the program each dayKeep classroom hours separate from skill practice on your submitted lesson plan
14 REQUIRED HOURS FORMFirefighter programs must submit the Required Hours Form:Indicate classroom hours and skill hours for each topic.Minimum lesson hours are shown on the formNo minimum required skill hours but the program Adjunct Instructor must ensure that all students are proficient in all skills prior to testing
15 ROSTERS AND EIN’SAll Certification Programs require a roster submitted 2 weeks prior to the certification test showing names and EIN’s used as a tracking ID numberAn EIN (Electronic ID Number) can be obtained from the records database system onlinesee instructions on the website: azfiretraining.orgunder the “Student Information” sectionFirefighter Certification Programs must also submit an initial roster within 2 weeks of the start of the program
16 FINAL ROSTERSThe following important rules regarding final rosters will be enforced:Final roster must come directly from the approved Adjunct Instructor for that programThe official Roster Form from the AZCFSE website must be usedThe Adjunct Instructors signature is required on the final rosterAll students who successfully complete a program must appear on the final roster or they will not be eligible to test as part of that program either now or in the futureRevised rosters will not be accepted after the date of the test. If a student is not on the roster after that date, he or she must complete a future program to be eligible to test.If a student completes all program requirements but is not 18 years old on the date of the test that should be noted on the roster along with the date the student will turn 18. Students who turn 18 less than one year from completion of a program may test after their 18th birthday.
17 CERTIFICATION TESTING FEES All Certification Programs require a testing fee submitted prior to the certification test by either department check or student money orders/cashier’s checksThis certification testing fee allows students 3 attempts within one year of completion of the program in both the written and practical examsAll programs require a written exam but not all programs require a practical examStudents not successful within 3 attempts, or after a year has lapsed, must retake a certification program prior to testing again.
18 CERTIFICATESCertificates are mailed to the Program Adjunct Instructor for distribution to studentsAll successful candidates receive a Certification suitable for framing and a wallet sized card
19 CERTIFICATION TESTING SUCCESS IS SEPARATE FROM PROGRAM SUCCESS Keep certification separate from any determination of academic success:The measure of a students academic success cannot involve certification testingSuccess in a program comes first and certification success can take up to a year and 3 testing attempts
20 PREREQUISITES FOR CERTIFICATION TESTING Candidates for any AzCFSE Certification must:Complete an approved Certification Program and all program requirementsAppear on the Program Final Roster signed by an authorized Adjunct InstructorOr meet the guidelines for Reciprocity TestingSubmit a payment for the testing feesBe 18 years old at the time of the Certification Test
21 FIREFIGHTER PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS All Candidates for Firefighter Certification must also meet the Certification Program requirements for:EMS and Bloodborne PathogensCPR CertificationHazardous materials prerequisiteLive burns meeting the NFPA standard
22 FULL DISCLOSURE OF TESTING PROCESS AND INSTRUMENTS IFSAC Requires full disclosure of test instrumentsEach student must receive, at the beginning of a program:A copy of “Preparing for Certification Testing”A complete set of Practical Skill Evaluation Sheets from AzCFSEContact AzCFSE for a disc containing the current skill sheets
23 THE WRITTEN EXAMINATION Multiple choice exam150 questions for Firefighter150 questions for Fire Officer (in development)50 questions for Instructor II100 questions for other Certification ProgramsPassing score 75%A retest requires a 30 day wait before the next attempt
24 THE FIREFIGHTER PRACTICAL SKILL EXAMINATION Five randomly selected AzCFSE Skill SheetsOne skill will require donning an SCBACandidates are evaluated by Program EvaluatorsEvaluators are selected by the program and must:Be certified in the level they are evaluating or higherHave previous teaching or evaluating experienceOnly evaluate students on skills that he or she did not teach to the students being evaluatedBe listed on the AzCFSE final test roster as EvaluatorsAn AzCFSE Proctor is present to ensure objectivity of testing environment
25 PRACTICAL EXAM (continued) Success in examination is pass or failCandidates knows results when they leaveTest methodTwo attempts at each skill stationMaximum of 10 minutes at one skill stationThere is no waiting period if another attempt is required
26 RE-TESTING Candidates must call AzCFSE to schedule a retest Choose best location and date from scheduled tests (see AZCFSE testing schedule on the website)Written retestsRequire a 30 day wait from original testPractical skill retestsNo wait required to retestCandidate must provide their own SCBA and full PPE
27 azfiretraining.org IF YOU NEED HELP Contact AzCFSE Main Line:Jeff Johnston:Melina Joya:azfiretraining.org
28 In Conclusion Thank You!! Now that you have completed the Adjunct Instructor Orientation, please take a moment to complete the “Confirmation Form” on this website and mail it with your name, EIN, and signature. You will receive credit and a notation on your training record that you have met the requirement.Mail to:AzCFSEP.O. Box 132Avondale, AZ 85323You may also scan the form and send as an attachment (a signature is required):orThank You!!