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Wisconsin Technical College
System Office
Fire Service Education & Training
4622 University Avenue
P.O. Box 7874
Madison, WI 53707-7874
Phone: 608-266-1207
FAX: 608-266-1690
TTY: 608-267-2483 Logo

WTCS Fire Service Education and Training
Frequently Asked Questions

When can I expect to receive my certificate after the testing process?

Certificates are processed in the order they are received. Generally you can expect to receive your certificate within 30 days. During high volume times (e.g., December, January, February, May and June) it may take up to 60 days. When completed, certificates are then mailed to the Technical College and forwarded to you or your Fire Department (based on the technical college standard procedure).

How do I get a copy of my certificate?

Send a request specifying which certifications you are requesting, your name at time of certificate issue, and a return mailing address (a daytime telephone number or e-mail address is helpful if we have any questions pertaining to your certification) to Ms. Denise Perkins at or mail your request to WTCS, 4622 University Ave, PO Box 7874, Madison, WI 53707-7874.

Is Reciprocity awarded for out-of-state certification?

IFSAC and PRO-Board accredited certificates are awarded automatic reciprocity. Copies of your certificates (with legible certificate numbers) can be e-mailed, to Ms. Denise Perkins at or faxed to 608-266-1690 Attn: Fire Training, or mailed to the address listed above. Reciprocal certificates will be issued only to the highest level of certification documented and only for certifications we are currently awarding.

Can certification be issued if out-of-state certificates are not accredited?

Advanced standing may be granted if documentation is provided demonstrating training to the current standard for the certifications(s) being requested. This must be submitted to the local technical college fire coordinator or the WTCS Fire Education and Training Director. This may qualify an applicant for a one time reciprocity challenge of the written and practical exams for the certification(s) being requested. All reciprocity challenges must begin at the lowest pre-requisite level and testing must be successfully completed sequentially to the certification level requested. Contact Information for each college is located on this website: Technical College Fire Service Contacts.

How is Fire Instructor I certification renewed?

Documentation of 48 hours of teaching and/or continuing education time per year for five consecutive years totaling 240 hours must be submitted to the local technical college fire coordinator prior to the fifth year certification renewal date.

What needs to be done if a Fire Instructor I certification is not renewed before the fifth year certification renewal date?

1) If an Instructor certification expires by up to 2 years, the Instructor must retake and pass the Fire Instructor I Certification written examination and provide the documentation to satisfy the Certificate Renewal requirement in the Program Policy and Procdures Manual (48 hours in each year over the 5-year certification period totaling 240 hours, plus additional 48 hours for each expired year up to 2 years). If the individual is unable to pass the written examination after one (1) attempt, that individual will be required to follow Step 2.

2) If an Instructor Certification expires by more than 2 years or the individual fails the written examination required in Step 1 the individual will;

a. Demonstrate meeting all the requirements in the Fire Instructor I Prerequisites
portion of the Program Policy and Procedures Manual.
b. Take the required Fire Instructor I Course.
c. Pass the written and practical requirements for Fire Instructor I Certification.

Recertification documentation shall be submitted to the local WTCS District Fire Coordinator for verification of recertification compliance. The District Fire Coordinator shall then forward the State Summary Form to the WTCS FST Fire Education Director.

Last modified: May 30, 2012

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