Professional Qualifications and Training


DFPC's Professional Qualifications and Training Section provides educational offerings for Firefighter, Hazardous Materials Responder, Driver Operator, Fire Officer, Youth Firesetter Prevention, Fire and Life Safety Educator and Fire Instructor programs.

The Section also hosts 3 fire schools annually that offer National Fire Academy courses and supports other fire educational and training programs necessary to support the needs of the fire service.

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About PQT

DFPC's Professional Qualifications and Training Section is an educational institution with a short but rich history.  The “Voluntary Certification Program for Firefighters” began on June 21, 1979, when House Bill 1243 was signed into law.  In the early years, the Division of Fire Safety was one man operation.  Dean Smith was hired as the original Director and implemented the very first firefighter certification testing program. Director Smith would take the exams home and he and his wife Joyce would sit at their kitchen table and hand grade exams.


CDPS is committed to the full inclusion of all individuals. As part of this commitment, CDPS will ensure reasonable accommodations are provided to enable all people to engage fully in our trainings, meetings and events. To request accommodations, please contact a member of the Professional Qualifications and Training Section at 303-239-4600. Please make sure to also let us know if you need any of the materials in an alternative format.

Certification Testing Information and Resources

The mission of the DFPC Certification Program is to provide consistency throughout all levels of accreditation relating to written and practical examinations. Furthermore, to ensure that all levels of accreditations are conducted with the same criteria in accordance with the guidelines of IFSAC and Pro Board.

Click here to go to the Certification Testing Information and Resources page 


Policy and Procedures

Certification Policy and Procedures Manual

Proctor Resources

Click here for Guidelines, Practical Request Forms, Proctor Renewal information, and Regional Proctors


Hazardous Materials Grant Classes

Mobile Live Fire Training Unit and Mobile Driving Simulator Unit

Draft Commander (information coming soon!)

Records Management System (RMS)

On February 9, 2016, DFPC deployed a cloud-based Records Management System (RMS) to manage Firefighter certification and testing. The RMS will eventually replace all paper-based Scantron examinations and certifications.

The RMS will also allow Training Officers and Firefighters to access records and certificates and download when needed.

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Renewal, Reinstatement & Reciprocity

Click here for renewal, reinstatement, re-entry and reciprocity information.

Contact PQT Staff

Click here to visit the Contact PQT page

Fire News Podcast

Fire News Podcast

Operated by Colorado's Lead Fire Agency- The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC)- we discuss, educate and inform listeners about all fire activities in Colorado. From wildfires, technology in fire & public safety, residential & commercial fire safety, & all things firefighter training. Our hosts are our very own- our Section Chiefs and every now and then- our fearless leader, Director Mike Morgan. Their guests will include people from across the public safety spectrum in local, state, federal and private organizations. We invite you to listen in and learn more about us at dfpc.colorado.gov

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Fire Service Training and Certification Advisory Board

Please click here for information.