How to Become a Certified Fire Official

Overview

There are four criteria that you must meet in order to become a certified fire marshal in Connecticut:

  1. You must be certified as a Fire Code Inspector
  2. You must be certified as a Fire Investigator
  3. You must meet one of the minimum standards of qualification Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new windowfor local fire marshals, fire code inspectors or fire investigators as established in statute.

    4. You must attend a Mental Health First Aid for Fire Personnel training

To become a certified Fire Code Inspector or a certified Fire Investigator, you can either take a training course or take an examination.

The Pre-Certification Training Program has two components:  The Fire Code Inspector module and the Fire Investigator module.  Both modules are offered biannually (spring and fall semesters), and have exams built into the training.  By scoring a minimum of 70% on the final exam, and by submitting the required documentation, you have earned certification.  The Fire Code Inspector module will not be offered in spring of 2022 so that we may update the curriculum to the new Codes.

The written tests for Fire Code Inspector and Fire Investigator are offered four times a year (Challenge Exams), in February, May, August and November.  Because of the length of each written exam, you can only take one exam per quarter. The Fire Investigator exam also has a practical assessment, which is offered twice a year in April and November. 

Specific exam details can be found in the OEDM Fire Challenge Exam policy.