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Over 4,300 professionals have become a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) to date. We understand the importance of this certification to those that earn them, as a CFPS is an internationally recognized credential that demonstrates your commitment to fire protection, and distinguishes you as someone who is willing to invest the time and effort to enhance your career. To that end, we have scheduled our exam dates (CFPS Certification is earned by passing the CFPS exam either online or through a written CFPS exam) through 2017 and want to make candidates aware.  


The three-hour open book CFPS exam is comprised of 100 multiple-choice questions as referenced the 20th Edition of the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook.  Upcoming exam dates include:


February 8, 2017 in New Orleans, LA

(application due January 11, 2017)

February 22, 2017 in Houston, TX 

(application due January 25, 2017)

March 8, 2017 in Baltimore, MD

(application due February 8, 2017)

March 22, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV 

(application due February 22, 2017)

April 12, 2017 in Atlanta, GA 

(application due March 15, 2017)

April 26, 2017 in Chicago, IL 

(application due March 29, 2017)

See the complete schedule.


Applications to sit for the written CFPS exam must be processed and approved 4 weeks prior to the exam date. Simply download the CFPS Handbook, and use the application form provided on pages 24 and 25. Completed applications along with supporting documentation and payment information can be scanned and emailed to for processing.


Certified Fire Protection Specialist Primer 2-day Classroom Training is scheduled for the same locations as the exam. With training you receive the 2-volume NFPA Fire Protection Handbook and earn CEUs. While not a test prep training, it does offer practical instruction that will help you quickly locate specific facts within the 2-volume handbook. Click here to be notified of 2017 CFPS Primer dates.


The following documents reporting in the Fall 2016 revision cycle did not receive NITMAMs, were balloted by the NFPA Standards Council, and are now considered Consent Standards.  The issuance date for these Consent Standards is November 11, 2016 with an effective date of December 1, 2016.


These documents are listed as follows:


NFPA 17, Standard for Dry Chemical Extinguishing Systems
NFPA 17A, Standard for Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems
NFPA 18, Standard on Wetting Agents
NFPA 18A, Standard on Water Additives for Fire Control and Vapor Mitigation
NFPA 36, Standard on Solvent Extraction Plants

  • TIA 17-1 on section 8.2.8 was also issued and approved for incorporation into the document prior to printing.

NFPA 56, Standard for Fire and Explosion Prevention During Cleaning and Purging of Flammable Gas Piping Systems
NFPA 96, Standard on Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations
NFPA 225, Model Manufactured Home Installation Standard
NFPA 252, Standard Methods of Fire Tests of Door Assemblies
NFPA 257, Standard on Fire Test for Window and Glass Block Assemblies
NFPA 268, Standard Test Method for Determining Ignitibility of Exterior Wall Assemblies Using a Radiant Heat Energy Source
NFPA 269, Standard Test Method for Developing Toxic Potency Data for Use in Fire Hazard Modeling
NFPA 275, Standard Method of Fire Tests for the Evaluation of Thermal Barriers
NFPA 287, Standard Test Methods for Measurement of Flammability of Materials in Cleanrooms Using a Fire Propagation Apparatus (FPA)
NFPA 385, Standard for Tank Vehicles for Flammable and Combustible Liquids
NFPA 475, Recommended Practice for Responding to Hazardous Materials Incidents/Weapons of Mass Destruction
NFPA 501, Standard on Manufactured Housing
NFPA 550, Guide to the Fire Safety Concepts Tree 
NFPA 655, Standard for Prevention of Sulfur Fires and Explosions
NFPA 731, Standard for the Installation of Electronic Premises Security Systems
NFPA 909, Code for the Protection of Cultural Resource Properties - Museums, Libraries, and Places of Worship
NFPA 921, Guide for  Fire and Explosion Investigations
NFPA 1002, Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications
NFPA 1006, Standard for Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications
NFPA 1072, Standard for Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergency Response Personnel Professional Qualifications
NFPA 1150, Standard on Foam Chemicals for Fires in Class A Fuels
NFPA 1401, Recommended Practice for Fire Service Training Reports and Records
NFPA 1616, Standard on Mass Evacuation and Sheltering Program
NFPA 1670, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents
NFPA 1911, Standard for the Inspection, Maintenance, Testing, and Retirement of In-Service Automotive Fire Apparatus
NFPA 1983, Standard on Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services
NFPA 1986, Standard on Respiratory Protection Equipment for Technical and Tactical Operations

The November 2016 issue of NFPA News, our free monthly codes and standards newsletter, is now available.


NFPA_news.jpgIn this issue:

  • Comments sought on new project on active shooter incident response
  • Nominations due for Standards Council awards
  • Comments sought on proposed Tentative Interim Amendment to NFPA 70
  • Fall 2016 Motions Committee Report available
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Committees soliciting public input
  • Committees seeking members
  • Committee meetings calendar


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