Continuing Education

The International Society of Fire Service Instructors Professional Development Matrix is a tool designed to help fire service personnel explore career possibilities and define opportunities for advancement and evolution within the field. The Matrix provides a roadmap to the recommended education, training, experience, tools, and targeted skill-sets that are relevant for professional growth and satisfaction at all stages of employment. 

Professional Fulfillment Framework: ISFSI recognizes that one can achieve professional satisfaction and fulfillment in any position or stage of employment within the Professional Development Matrix. The Matrix assumes “free movement,” with many points of entry and intersections. Each individual will chart their own course, with the Matrix available as a guide to recommend education, experience, competencies, and activities to help you navigate the profession and achieve your maximum potential and desired professional outcomes.

Click on an image below to review the topics, references and evaluation tools suggested for each level.

Utilizing the Matrix

Organizations can utilize the matrix to redefine roles and expectations of current and future employees as well as incorporate accomplishments and competencies into staff training and development offerings.

Individuals can utilize the matrix as a roadmap for advancement within the fire service and a template for professional growth and development.

Academies can utilize the matrix to structure educational offerings and provide networking opportunities customized to and highlighting elements of the professional fulfillment framework.

What is Professional Development?


  • Knowledge
  • Skill
  • Attitude
  • Ability


  • Cognitive
  • Psychomotor
  • Affective
  • All 3 Domains


  • Education
  • Training
  • Self-Development
  • Experience


  • Written Testing
  • Practical Skills Testing
  • Role Playing
  • Scenario Based Evaluations

The ISFSI Professional Development Matrix was built according to the NFPA Professional Qualifications Standards. Please reference your state, local, and departmental guidelines and policies for career advancement steps.

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