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A CFPS 2-day primer course is offered prior to each CFPS written exam. Visit the online catalog, or call +1 800 344-3555 to register.

1. Computer-based test Available on demand
2. Paper and pencil test

    CFPS exam dates

    • March 8, 2017
      Baltimore, MD
    • March 22, 2017
      Las Vegas, NV

    • April 12, 2017
      Atlanta, GA

    • April 26, 2017
      Chicago, IL

    • May 3, 2017
      Quincy, MA

    • May 17, 2017
      Nashville, TN

    • May 10, 2017
      San Diego, CA

    • June 21, 2017
      Fort Lauderdale, FL

    • July 19, 2017
      San Francisco, CA

    • September 13, 2017
      Charlotte, NC

    • October 4, 2017
      Denver, CO

    • October 11, 2017
      Quincy, MA

    • October TBD, 2017
      Quincy, MA

    • December 6, 2017
      Orlando, FL

    • December 13, 2017
      Anaheim, CA


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    #0709 CFPS

    The purpose of the CFPS examination is to provide a basis for determining the competency of candidates seeking the Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) designation. The current body of knowledge for the examination is the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook, 20th edition.

    A complete description of the CFPS program including eligibility, exam preparation, and re-certification requirements can be found in the CFPS Candidate Handbook. Download your copy. (PDF) You can also download a brochure. (PDF)
    Eligibility criteria

    To be eligible to take the CFPS examination, candidates must demonstrate on the CFPS application that they meet one of the following criteria:

    1. Bachelor's degree in engineering, technology, or other related discipline from an accredited college or university, plus two years of verifiable work experience dedicated to curtailing fire loss, both physical and financial. Copy of college diploma or transcript AND Resume are required.
    2. Associate's degree in engineering, technology or other related discipline from an accredited college or university, plus four years of verifiable work experience dedicated to curtailing fire loss, both physical and financial.
    3. High school diploma + 6 years of verifiable work experience dedicated to curtailing fire loss, both physical and financial.

    Public statement of impartiality
    The NFPA Certification Department is committed to upholding the highest standards of fairness and impartiality in the administration of its certification processes and exams, and throughout the execution of all aspects of the CFPS certification program. CFPS organizational structure, policies, and procedures are all developed to maximize objectivity and manage conflicts of interest. The NFPA Certification Department works in concert with an external team of CFPS volunteers (acting as a Certification Advisory Group, or “CAG”) to ensure that all aspects of the CFPS program are administered in an impartial and fair manner. Furthermore, all CFPS candidates are evaluated without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age or disability (the CFPS program provides special accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991 - ADA).

    CFPS examination

    The three-hour open book CFPS examination is comprised of 100 multiple-choice questions. The examination is based on a job analysis of fire protection specialists. The examination questions are referenced in the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook. Review the Examination Content Area Weighting in the Applicant & Certificate Holders Handbook, pages 14, 15, 16. (PDF, 436 KB)

    Exam information

    IMPORTANT: NFPA wants to partner with you to protect your personal information – NEVER INCLUDE PERSONAL AND/OR CREDIT CARD PAYMENT INFORMATION IN THE BODY OF ANY EMAIL – If you wish to email your application or other personal documentation, it must be placed within an attached document, and you must use the NFPA secure email server. Once you access this server and create your NFPA secure email account, you should select OTHER from the "To" pull-down list, and then enter in the address box. Complete the email process by attaching your personal documentation and clicking "Send." Remember your new NFPA secure email account information for future secure communications with NFPA.

    Important information regarding tabbing the Fire Protection Handbook

    The Fire Protection Handbook may be tabbed before the exam with commercial permanent adhesive type tabs similar to those provided with the Fire Protection Handbook. HOWEVER, Post-it type notes and flags or other type of easily moveable tabs or physical markers (including paper clips) are NOT permitted at any time.

    Test options
    1. To locate a computer based testing center near you, visit the test center web site.
    2. The CFPS examination is available in paper and pencil format. The CFPS Exam dates listed above on the right hand side provide those locations where a paper and pencil format is used. Candidates who have been issued a user ID and password in order to register for a computer based exam and experience difficulty in registering should contact the testing vendor Iso Quality Testing customer support toll free at +1 866 773-1114.
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