Fire Instructor Certification - Hybrid Online/Face-to-Face format

Online Coursework:
September 11 - October 8, 2023
(at your own pace with assignment due dates)

Classroom Dates:
October 9 - 12, 2023 
8:00 am–5:00 pm

Optional Test Dates:
Wednesday, October 11 @ 5:00 pm
Thursday, October 12 @ 8:00 am

For qualified firefighters who wish to complete their instructor certification with a combination of concentrated class work and online learning.

You will learn the principles of adult learning, communication, instructional methods, lesson plan development, assessment, NFPA 1403 Awareness, and all other components of the ODPS Instructor Course core curriculum. 

Special Requirements
Candidates must hold a valid certificate to practice as a firefighter issued under section 4765.55 of the Ohio Revised Code; in the preceding seven years, have at least five years of experience as a certified firefighter; pass (80%) the written Firefighter Knowledge examination approved by the Ohio Department of Public Safety/Division of EMS Executive Director (OAC 4765-21-02). Firefighter II exam results (80% or better and taken within the past 12 months) may substitute for the fire knowledge exam (call for more information). Please schedule the exam at least 14 days prior to the start of the class. 

The online section of this class is flexible, but you must meet assignment deadlines each week.

Please bring PC laptop for in-class portion.

Required Textbook
Purchase and bring IFSTA Fire and Emergency Services Instructor (9th edition - 2019). Publisher: Fire Protection Publications.  Self-study guide is optional, but recommended.

Lead Instructors
Daniel Podlogar, Captain, Massilon FD
Mark Stewart, Chief (retired), Lawrence Twp. FD


Additional study materials suggested not required:
Fire & Emergency Services Instructor, 9th Edition Exam Prep Plus App
Fire Instructor ap

Prepare for your certification exams while on the go! Exam Prep Plus is a portable, interactive version of our print Exam Prep product and contains 511 questions. Create a custom exam by choosing any of the first 15 chapters covered in the Fire and Emergency Services Instructor, 9th Edition manual. 

"The information presented in the course was spectacular. It is a very informative class that directly applies to the fire instructor training. Bonnie and Doug are very knowledgeable and were very willing and enthusiastic for us to share in their knowledge."
~Thomas Gulch, Inspector, State Fire Marshal Code Enforcement Bureau

Updated: 06/14/2023 05:14PM