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Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS)

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ISO/IEC 17024
Personnel Certification

The Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) credential was created in 1971 for the purpose of documenting competency and offering professional recognition for individuals involved in curtailing fire loss, both physical and financial.

Since then, CFPS has been awarded to more than 5,000 people who have demonstrated a level of professionalism through applied work experience, related education opportunities, and successful completion of a certification examination. This group of professionals includes risk managers, loss control specialists, fire officers, fire marshals, fire inspectors, safety managers, fire protection consultants, designers, engineers, code enforcers, facility managers and others who have responsibilities dealing with the application of fire safety, protection, prevention, and suppression technologies.

NFPA is currently transitioning to a new Certification Management System and Certificant Database to offer you an improved user experience and even greater control over your personal certification journey.

Currently, only new applications are being processed on this new system. We have a separate interim process for re-test applications, annual renewals, and re-certifications.

Additionally, during this transition, the Online Registry and Directory will be offline.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and we expect this disruption will only last a few weeks. Updates will be posted here, so check back frequently.

Thank you for your patience during this change.

How to apply                  
  1. Download the candidate handbook (PDF)and familiarize yourself with all aspects of the program.
  2. Click the “How to become certified” button below. This will take you to another page with details on eligibility and a link to the new application portal.

Retest applications: If you originally applied through the old process (before 7/21/2021), you will need to fill out the downloadable retest application form below and follow its instructions. If you need to retest, and you originally applied through the new application portal (on or after 7/21/2021), Click the “How to become certified” button below. This will take you to another page with details on eligibility and a link to the new application portal where you can apply for a retest.

To pay the annual renewal fee, download the annual renewal form below and follow the instructions.


To recertify, download the 3-year recertification form below and follow the instructions.

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Find a test center near you
To locate a computer-based testing center near you, visit the test center website.
Important information for all CFPS Certificate holders

CFPS has transitioned from paper-based mail through the postal service to electronic notification. E-mail is now our sole method of correspondence. In an effort to ensure information of importance to applicants and CFPS Certificate Holders, it is imperative each one of you verify all your contact information. Of particular importance is the verification of your email address.  

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