How to Become a Certified Fire Official


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. Completion of an approved program meeting the requirements of the mandated Mental Health resiliency training under 2019PA 19-17.

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. 

Application information will be sent out via the ListServ prior to the class's start date.  

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.