Reciprocity & Challenge Testing 

Fire Service Certification in Arizona is voluntary. AZCFSE recognizes the validity of certifications with IFSAC seals, and other state certifications that demonstrate that all applicable NFPA standards were followed. There are no state regulations requiring fire service personnel to become certified. However, departments may choose to make certification mandatory for their firefighters. 
Candidates for Arizona certification are tested for competency using the applicable NFPA standard.   

Challenge Testing: 
Challenge testing is allowed for those qualified applicants (see more information below) who wish to obtain Arizona Certification, 
but who have not completed an approved Arizona program within the past year.  

At this time, Challenge Testing is only allowed for Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations and for Firefighter I & II certification.


Testing is allowed for those individuals who meet all requirements listed on the Challenge Testing ApplicationThose individuals will have two opportunities to pass the written and practical exam.  If unsuccessful after two attempts it will be necessary to successfully complete an approved Arizona program to test again.  Qualified applicants, who meet all requirements as stated on the Challenge Testing Application form below, and who pass the required written and practical skills certification examinations, will be given an Arizona Certification for the appropriate level, (ie. Firefighter I & II combine, Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations combined) as long as all applicable prerequisites have been demonstrated as listed on the application. 

Challenge testing for other programs may be allowed in the future after accreditation is granted for those programs.