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Certified Fire Inspector I (CFI)

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The NFPA Certified Fire Inspector I (CFI-I) certification program was created in response to repeated requests by local entities, state agencies, and national organizations for certification programs founded on the NFPA 1031, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner, and other applicable NFPA codes and standards.

In late 1996, an independent organization conducted research and validated this need. The current Certified Fire Inspector I (CFI-I) certification program has been operational since 1998.

The goals of this program are to:

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Program benefits
  • Be recognized by your colleagues as an expert.
  • Gain confidence in your abilities.
  • Improve your job performance.
  • Position yourself for career advancement.
  • Certification holders also receive a CFI-I certificate that further highlights their accomplishment.
Fire Inspector I materials
  • For more information, view the candidate handbook (PDF)
  • Practicum workbook (PDF)
  • 3-year recertification form (PDF)
    Attention CFI-I certification holders - Please be aware that the requirements for recertification will be changing on 1/1/2021. Currently, under professional practice, individuals may apply 1/2 point per inspection. Because of the variation in the time and effort required for different types of inspections, the new points allotment for professional practice will be 1/2 point per hour dedicated to inspection activities. This change is being undertaken to make recertification more consistent between certified individuals.
  • Certification Advisory Group 

Exam info

NOTICE: The CFI-I exam is offered in a computer-based format, and is available at testing centers around the world. To locate a computer-based testing center near you, visit the test center Web site. Please refer to the candidate handbook (PDF) for details.

Reference materials

The latest version of the CFI-I exam is based on NFPA 1031, 2014 edition, Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to obtain materials needed for study purposes and to have present during the examination. The following list contains the resources to be used in preparing for and taking the examination. All items in the examination are compatible with both code sets. Please verify with your jurisdiction or certification partnership agency for the proper set.

2018 NFPA Code Set

2015 NFPA Code Set

These NFPA codes and standards have been conveniently packaged into reference sets and are available for people registering for the CFI-1 exam at a special price, only through the NFPA Certification Department. Refer to the CFI-I application form (PDF, 40 KB) (appendix I) to order these references. Please be sure to indicate which set you would like on your order form.


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