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Florida Certified Firefighter

To be a career Firefighter in the State of Florida, an individual must:

Successfully complete the Firefighter Minimum Standards Course (Firefighter I and Firefighter II) at one of Florida's Certified Training Centers, or have received an equivalent amount of training in another state (or country) which has been determined by the division to be at least the equivalent of the training required for the Minimum Standards Course (see section Out-Of-State and Military Firefighters Equivalency Process for more information);

Pass the state written and practical examinations, as required by Florida State Statute, and possess the qualifications in Florida State Statute 633.412.

An individual who holds a Florida Volunteer Firefighter Certificate of Completion may enter the Firefighter Minimum Standards Course at the start of the Firefighter II training, if permissible by the Certified Training Center.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a high school graduate or the equivalent
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Pass a background check as determined by the Florida Division of State Fire Marshal (Florida Statute ch. 633.412(2) )
  • Have a good moral character
  • Be in good physical condition
  • Be a non-user of tobacco products

The Firefighter Minimum Standards Course is offered at numerous Certified Training Centers located throughout the state. Each training center has a unique course and fee schedule. For further information, contact the training center of your choice.  Once enrolled in a Minimum Standards Course, the Training Center will assist you in submitting your application for Florida Firefighter Certificate of Compliance and supporting documentation.