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NFPA® Certifications Are Good for
Business and Your Career

Now more than ever, it’s critical that skilled professionals can demonstrate expertise in their practice specialties. NFPA certifications provide employers, peers, and the public with credible evidence of your knowledge and skills by verifying you have met eligibility requirements and passed a thorough examination required by NFPA as the certifying body. From fire protection systems and building and life safety to electrical and emergency response, better ensure that you are up to date with the latest technologies and best practices in the industry. Explore our available programs and get started on earning your certification today!

The Industry Standard for Fire and Life Safety Certifications

Based on the codes and standards developed and published by NFPA, an NFPA certification helps you showcase your mastery of key skills and knowledge needed to perform the job safely. Hiring a candidate who holds an NFPA certification allows you to be confident in the skills and knowledge they will bring to your business. In an uncertain world, investing in NFPA certifications reduces risk, helps grow your career, and propels your business forward.

Choose Your Certification


NFPA Certification Programs are available at three levels to accommodate whatever stage you are at in your career, including:

ASSOCIATE LEVEL CERTIFICATION - Indicate your understanding of critical information and safety essentials and establish your aptitude with a NFPA Associate Level Certification.

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL CERTIFICATION - Demonstrate your professional standing and job knowledge and expand your credentials by achieving a Professional Level Certification from NFPA.

EXPERT LEVEL CERTIFICATION - Advance your career, confirm your ability, and establish yourself as a leader in your field with an NFPA Expert Level Certification. 


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Associate Level Certifications

Certified Emergency Power Systems Specialist (CEPSS)
Showcase your competency and ability to keep facilities in compliance with NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems, and NFPA 111, Standard on Stored Electrical Energy Emergency and Standby Power Systems. The CEPSS signifies your knowledge of critical installation, maintenance, and operation and testing requirements for emergency and standby power systems and stored electrical energy emergency and standby power systems.
Certified Emergency Power Systems Specialist (CEPSS-HC)
The CEPSS-HC certifies you have the knowledge and skills to evaluate the emergency standby power systems in hospitals and other health care facilities. Improve professionalism within the health care facility management community and instill confidence in your abilities in emergency power systems inspection, testing, and maintenance in accordance with applicable NFPA codes and standards.
Certified Electrical Safety Technician (CEST)
Demonstrate a basic understanding and ability to apply NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® requirements. Created to help mitigate hazards to personnel exposed to electrical risks on the job, this internationally recognized certification promotes professional development and provides evidence of competence in safeguarding work environments where electrical dangers are present. 
Certified Fire Alarm ITM Specialist (CFAITMS) for Facility Managers
Verify your proficiency in the use of NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code®, to help ensure a higher level of safety within a facility. The CFAITMS provides recognition in your industry and the confidence you can understand the abundant demands related to a robust fire alarm inspection, testing, and maintenance program, and how to stay in compliance with the code.
Certified Fire Inspector I (CFI-I)
Validate your ability to meet NFPA 1031, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner, requirements and other related code and standard provisions with this ProBoard accredited certification. The CFI-I helps gain acknowledgment of your expertise and provides the confidence you have the education and experience to meet the job performance requirement necessary to perform your responsibilities.
Certified Hazard Recognition Specialist (CHRS)
The CHRS was created to provide firefighters, facility managers, building engineers, maintenance, safety, and security personnel, and other professionals with a credential that highlights your understanding of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, fire and life safety concepts and best practices. Completing the program helps validate your specialized knowledge and professional credibility and instills confidence among clients, employers, and peers in your capabilities.
Certified Sprinkler ITM Specialist for Facility Managers (CSITMS)
Earn your CSITMS to indicate your understanding of how to keep facilities in compliance with NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems. The credential indicates knowledge of the broad range of challenges associated with a proper sprinkler system ITM program and helps position yourself for advancement in your field.

Professional Level Certifications

Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP)
Demonstrate you have the aptitude to help companies and employees decrease the risks of injuries in the workplace. The CESCP is the only professional certification that documents you are up-to-date and proficient in all aspects of the practices, concepts, and regulatory requirements found in NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®. CESCP is recommended for anyone who manages an electrical safety program as well as electrical safety trainers.
Certified Electrical Safety Worker (CESW)
The CESW certification program builds on the knowledge base of CEST and takes it up a notch. It demonstrates a much deeper and technically rigorous understanding of the provisions and procedures detailed in NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® with a focus on practical application for hands-on electrical workers and testing technicians. NFPA recommends this program for anyone doing energized electrical work or who perform arc flash risk assessments.
Certified Fire Inspector II (CFI-II)
Expand your role and authority as a fire inspector and increase your standing in your industry through the NFPA CFI-II program. The certification is based on NFPA 1031, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner, and is the next step in professional development and achievement after earning your CFI-I.
Certified Fire Plan Examiner (CFPE)
This widely recognized and accepted practical certification program promotes professionalism in the field of fire plan examiner. Provide evidence of your proficiency in NFPA 1031, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner, criteria and other applicable codes related to the position by earning your CFPE.
Certified Life Safety Specialist (CLSS-HC) for Health Care Facility Managers
Show the world you have an in-depth understanding of the many life safety challenges within a health care environment. The CLSS-HC demonstrates your level of professionalism and proficiency in the use of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code® requirements to help ensure facility compliance.
Certified Water-Based Systems Professional (CWBSP)
The CWBSP provides the opportunity to confirm your advanced understanding of project development, new and existing water-based systems, and hydraulic calculations. The certification shows customers, employers, and peers you have the knowledge and experience required to be a water-based systems designer.
Certified Wildfire Mitigation Specialist (CWMS)
Enhance your professional credibility and verify your understanding of wildfire hazard mitigation measures, planning and readiness strategies, wildland fire science, and public education practices. This specialist certification provides recognition of your aptitude in helping to safeguard communities in the wildland-urban interface from the devastating impacts of wildfire.
Certified Water-Based Fire Protection System Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance (WBITM)
The WBITM is for experienced sprinkler ITM technicians, contractors, and other professionals who have the knowledge and skills to perform the full spectrum of inspection, testing, and maintenance duties independently, without supervision. The WBITM certification is a useful metric for employers and customers to use in gauging qualifications of ITM professionals.

Expert Level Certifications

Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS)
The CFPS® is the gold-standard credential for fire protection professionals looking to elevate their careers. Show your professional competency in the application of fire safety, protection, prevention, and suppression technologies by earning this graduate-level, globally recognized certification.
Certified Marine Chemist (CMC)
Establish that you are qualified to determine whether entry and work within confined spaces on marine vessels and within shipyards may be undertaken safely in accordance with NFPA 306, Standard for the Control of Gas Hazards on Vessels. NFPA Marine Chemists are distinguished as the only independent specialists incorporated by name in both U.S. Department of Labor (OSHA) requirements for shipyard employment and U.S. Coast Guard hot work regulations.


NFPA Certification Testimonial

Initially, certification served to provide me an added level of confidence for what I was doing. Later in my career, it proved to be acknowledged by promotional boards as symbolic of quality and merit in the fire prevention industry.”

R. T. Leicht
Chief of Fire Protection
Delaware’s State Fire Marshals Office

Explore All NFPA Certifications


How much do NFPA Certification Programs cost?

  • There is a $399 certification program fee for each certification with the exception of CHRS, which is $245.
  • A $180 recertification fee applies for all except CFPS, which has a $145 annual renewal fee.
  • See individual candidate handbooks for complete program information.

What is the difference between the Associate Level, Professional Level, and Expert Level Certifications?

  • Associate = Open to anyone at any point in their career. An Associate Level Certification validates experience in your specialized work.
  • Professional = Ideal for candidates with some prior experience in the applicable field. A Professional Level Certification is a preliminary stepping-stone towards an Expert Level certification.
  • Expert =  Available for authorities in their field. The Expert Level Certification verifies your expertise. Requirements may include on-the-job experience, higher education, and additional qualifications and may call for more extensive study and preparation. Candidates operate at an expert level.

How can I confirm if I am eligible for a particular NFPA Certification?

  • Associate Level Certification requires high school diploma, or equivalent, only. CEST also requires training.
  • Professional and Expert Level Certifications have additional requirements, such as work experience, higher education, and/or training hours.
  • See individual candidate handbooks for complete program information. 

What are the benefits of earning an NFPA Certification?

Clients, employers, peers, and the public are challenging skilled personnel to provide proof of competency in their areas of practice. At NFPA, we recognize your need to confirm your professional credibility and provide certification programs that indicate your education, know-how, and experience by meeting eligibility requirements as specified by NFPA as the certifying body and completing a rigorous examination.