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

We apologize for any inconvenience. 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. Follow the “How to become certified” link below. This will take you to another page where you will select “Apply now.”
How to retest

To start your retest application, please click the “How to become certified” button below.

How to renew annually

To pay annual renewal fee, download the annual renewal form (PDF), and follow the instructions on that form.

How to recertify

To recertify, download the 3-year recertification form (PDF), and follow the instructions on that form.

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Program fees
  • Initial application/exam - $399
  • Retest exam – $199
  • Annual renewal - $145
Exam information

NFPA exams are available at hundreds of Prometric brick and mortar test centers around the world or in a remotely proctored environment that you can access on a personal or work computer through Prometric’s ProProctor application. To locate a test center near you, or for details on the remote proctored testing option visit www.prometric.com/nfpacert. 

Contact CFPS
NFPA Admin & Support Services
11 Tracy Drive
Avon, MA 02322