Following submission of your application to the CFPS administrative office and preliminary review for compliance with eligibility criteria, you will receive an exam approval letter via e-mail. Approximately 14-21 days prior to the examination, applicants are e-mailed a notification letter which indicates the test date, time, address, and location of the test room and other pertinent information. It is the applicant´s responsibility to contact the CFPS administrative office if he or she has not received a letter one week before the scheduled date of the exam.

What to expect on examination day

Unless otherwise specified, examinations begin at 8 a.m. and end at 11 a.m. Candidates will NOT be permitted to continue the examination beyond the allotted time of three hours. Candidates are required to report to the examination room a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the start of the exam to allow time for sign-in, distribution of examination materials, and instructions from the proctor. Candidates should bring several No. 2 lead pencils and the 20th edition of NFPA Fire Protection Handbook with them to the examination. No photocopies of any part of the Handbook will be permitted in the examination room.

Admission to the examination

Candidates are responsible to bring the exam notification letter with them to the examination. Candidates are required to show a current photo identification to the proctor on the day of the examination. Candidates who fail to provide valid photo identification will not be permitted to take the examination.

Special arrangements

Candidates with sensory, visual, orthopedic or other handicaps that would prevent them from taking the examination under standard conditions may request special accommodations and considerations. Written requests for such accommodations should accompany the exam application. The CFPS Board reserves the right to request reasonable documentation from health care or other professionals to support requests for accommodations. Candidates whose religious convictions prevent them from taking a scheduled examination must include a letter from a Minister, Rabbi, or other religious non-lay person specifically stating that the candidate's religious beliefs preclude non-religious activities on the scheduled examination date. Special test sites can be arranged in such situations provided that the candidate pre-pays all estimated fees and costs associated with providing the special test site.

Rules and procedures for taking the examination

The following rules and procedures will be strictly enforced on the day of the examination.

  • The examination will begin promptly at the hour designated by the proctor and end at the stated time allowed for each particular exam offering. Candidates must report to the testing center 30 minutes prior to the start of the examination time to insure proper check-in procedures. Candidates will not be allowed to enter the exam after it starts.
  • Visitors are not permitted into the test room.
  • Candidates are allowed to leave the room during the examination only with the proctor's permission. Lost time cannot be made up.
  • Candidates must bring three or four sharpened, No. 2 soft lead pencils and an eraser. Only No. 2 pencils are permitted and examinations answered with any other device cannot and will not be graded.
  • Candidates should bring the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook, 20th Edition with them to the examination. No photocopies of any part of the volumes will be permitted in the examination room.
  • Calculators and other such aids will not be permitted in the examination room.
  • Scratch paper will not be permitted. All scratch work must be done in the margins of the test booklet.
  • No cellular phones, beepers, pagers, or other audible electronic devices, including watches and alarms are permitted to be used during the examination.

Exam preparation

While review courses for the CFPS examination may be provided by various training entities, the NFPA CFPS Office does not sanction or endorse any such program at the present time.


The test center proctor or the NFPA CFPS Office will take appropriate actions, up to and including disqualification from taking the examination and withdrawal or revocation of certification when a candidate:

  • impersonates a candidate;
  • creates a disturbance;
  • gives or receives help on the examination;
  • uses a calculator or other such aid which is prohibited during the examination;
  • attempts to remove examination material or notes from the examination room;
  • exhibits irregular test taking behavior, including consulting or attempting to consult with or give or obtain assistance during the examination;
  • provides false, misleading, or incomplete information on the application form.


Any request for a refund must be submitted to the CFPS administrative office 7 business days prior to the examination. No refunds will be made after the exam has been administered. All requests for refunds MUST be made in writing. A $50.00 non-refundable administration fee will be assessed in computing each item refund. Candidates may transfer their fee to a different test site and date if they notify the CFPS office 7 days prior to the date of the examination for which they are currently registered. No refund will be made to any candidate who takes the examination.


The NFPA CFPS Office requires that Certificate Holders be recertified every three years. Requirements for recertification are based on a point system and include credits for: continuing work experience, organizational or technical committee membership, published articles, attendance at conferences, training received, continuing education, and other professional certification/registration. Specific information will be communicated to new Certificate Holders upon successful completion of the certification.

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