NFPA announced today that Ontario, Canada will be transitioning from the Ontario Fire Service Standards to NFPA Pro-Qual Standards in 2014. The change is intended to provide a more consistent learning experience for students, establish a modernized process, and meet the requirements of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997.
The Pro Board was created 1990 to establish an international standard of achievement in the fire service and related fields. The Pro Board accredits organizations that use NFPA standards to develop training programs for public fire departments, both career and volunteer. Graduates are recognized as being competent and Pro Board Certified in a particular skill.
Ontario firefighters will be able to achieve National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) certification that meets the requirements of NFPA standards. NFPA Pro-Qual Standards will recognize job experience, education and work completed in Ontario Fire College Diploma programs.
For more information about the change, check out the official news release.