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

Online Coursework:
September 21 - October 18, 2020
(at your own pace with assignment due dates)

October 19-22, 2020 
8:00 am–5:00 pm
Optional Test Dates:
Thursday, October 22 @ 5:30pm
Friday, October 23 @ 9:00 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. 

**A separate NFPA 1403 course will be added at a later date for certified instructors who will teach live fire evolutions.

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 (8th edition - 2012). Publisher: Fire Protection Publications.  

Self-study guide is optional, but recommended.

Lead Instructors
Daniel Podlogar, Asst. Chief, Lawrence Twp. Fire Dept.
Mark Stewart, Chief, Lawrence Twp. FD


"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