Health & Safety Officer Certification Exam
Who may apply
Members of the Fire Department Safety Officers Association, individual applicants sponsored by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) or an Emergency Service Organization and individuals meeting the administrative duties and requirements of a Health and Safety Officer.
Applicant shall meet the job performance requirements (JPRs) of NFPA 1521-2015, Standard for Fire Department Safety Officer, defined in Chapter 4 Section 4.1.1
Occupational Safety and Health in the Emergency Services, 4th edition, by James S. Angle, Jones & Bartlett Learning Publishers. Book available for purchase in the FDSOA shop.
NFPA 1500, Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Programs, 2015 edition.
Ways to Test
Individualized Testing: The exam is administered to the certification candidates at their location utilizing a local proctor. Testing materials are sent to the proctor and the candidate reports to the proctor for testing.
Departmental Testing: The exam is administered to two or more certification candidates from the same emergency service organization at the organization’s location utilizing a local proctor. Testing materials are sent to the proctor and the candidates report to the test site for testing.
Regional Testing: The exam is administered to two or more certification candidates from different emergency service organization at a host organization’s location utilizing a local proctor. Testing materials are sent to the proctor and the candidates report to the host organization’s test site for testing. Host organizations are responsible for providing a room for testing and promoting the exam. The dates, times and locations are listed on the Events Page.
Conference Testing: The exam is administered in conjunction with national conferences such as FDSOA Annual Conference, FDSOA Apparatus Symposium, FDIC and Fire Rescue International. The dates, times and locations are listed on the Events Page.
The examination will be a 100 question multiple-choice test, which measures your knowledge, abilities and aptitudes to perform as the Department Health & Safety Officer.
You will be notified, by mail, when and where to appear. Please bring a valid picture ID with you. Four (4) hours will be allowed to complete the test.
Registration begins 1/2 hour before exam. Applicants not checked in 15 minutes before start of exam will be unable to take the exam.
We will mail your pass/fail letter to you, but we cannot tell you your ranking in relationship to other applicants.
Skill Sheet Requirements
With the new NFPA Standard, the Pro Board now requires the student to complete ONLY six (6) of the Skills Sheets, along with the 100-question exam. A Pro Board certificate will not be issued until we have the Affidavit on-file. Signed affidavit must be received within one (1) year of taking the test.
The student only needs to return the Affidavit to our office, once they have a Chief Officer sign off on the skills sheets.
Remember, there are 11 skills sheets for HSO, but the student only needs to prove completion of six (6).
Completed applications with payment must be in the FDSOA Offices 15 days before exam date. (This application deadline does not apply to HSO Academy students)
Application will not be processed until payment received.
Payment Must Accompany Registration Form
Non-Members: $225.00 US Dollars
FDSOA Members: $95.00
Save $31.00 – Join the FDSOA as a member for an additional $99.00. Just check the appropriate box on the application or join online first at FDSOA.org. Membership runs 12 months from date payment is received.
A full refund will be given the applicant (or sponsoring organization) provided that written notification is received by FDSOA, at least one (1) week prior to exam. A 25% processing fee will be applied.
It is FDSOA’s policy to comply with all federal, state, and local laws concerning the treatment of individuals with disabilities, including the Americans With Disabilities Act.
FDSOA will not discriminate against any qualified applicant with respect to any terms, privileges, or conditions of certification or re-certification because of the individual’s physical or mental disability.
FDSOA also will make reasonable accommodations whenever necessary for all applicants with disabilities, provided that the individual is otherwise qualified to safely perform the essential functions for certification or re-certification and provided further that any accommodations made do not place an undue hardship on FDSOA.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org • 248-880-1864
FDSOA, 5967 Bedford Pl., Ann Arbor, MI 48105