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Certified Hazard Recognition Specialist (CHRS)

Certified Hazard Recognition Specialist logoThe NFPA Certified Hazard Recognition Specialist Program (CHRS) was created in 2017 after discussions with fire service professionals indicated a strong desire to have a credential for fire fighters that highlights knowledge of fire and life safety concepts and the requirements found in the 2015 edition of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®.

Through these discussions other stakeholder groups that would benefit from this certification were identified including, but not limited to, facility managers, building engineers, maintenance professionals, safety professionals, and security professionals.

Program goals
  • Recognize and provide evidence of knowledge of fire and life safety concepts and best practices
  • Enhance professionalism
  • Ensure a uniform, fair process for certification that is accessible to everyone who is eligible
  • Ensure proficiency in the use of NFPA codes and standards
  • Facilitate success for those seeking certification
  • Promote professional development through continuous learning
Program benefits
  • Enhances professional credibility
  • Validates specialized knowledge
  • Increases customer and employer confidence
  • Provides peer recognition

Certification holders also receive an NFPA certificate that highlights their accomplishment.

CHRS materials

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Reference materials

The exam is based on the 2015 edition of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®. It is the candidate’s responsibility to obtain this reference source for study purposes and to have present during the examination. It is the only reference source allowed in the examination room. If you would like to purchase this NFPA document please go to the NFPA website at


Contact CHRS

NFPA Certification Department, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169

Tel: +1 617 984-7495; Fax: +1 617 984-7127; email: