Credentialing Programs

Live Fire Instructor Credential - Acquired Structure

The Acquired Structure Credential prepares the live fire instructor for the challenging roles necessary to prepare training plans, develop objectives and prepare an acquired structure for safe and effective live fire training.

This course is currently being revised and will be available again Spring 2024.

Once an instructor has completed the ISFSI Live Fire Instructor – Fixed Facility Credential, additional on-line learning covering the NFPA 1403 Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions chapters and appendix references take place in a blended learning platform.  Candidates for this Credential can expect up to 20 hours of learning while completing required documentation to prepare a compliant live burn training plan. 

Students will have the opportunity to review the NFPA standard, review text and on-line training resources and then will complete their required portfolio on a local acquired structure as part of the course completion requirements. As each step in the portfolio is completed, the student will submit examples of the various forms and planning documents along with photographs of the actual work being performed to their assigned evaluator, who will provide feedback on their performance. 

Program Highlights

  • Compliance with NFPA 1403 requirements
  • Identification of site and location hazards
  • Development of evolution objectives
  • Assignments of instructors and students
  • Calculating necessary fire attack and reserve water flow
  • Permitting and notifications

An on-line written examination will be used to validate their understanding of NFPA 1403 and case studies used to demonstrate the importance of a properly developed live fire training plan. Once the student has developed their portfolio and has executed their live fire evolution, additional documentation of their portfolio is submitted for final review.

Recredential Information

The ISFSI Live Fire Instructor Credential is valid for three years from the date of issue. Credential holders are contacted based on their credential cycle. An email will be sent a month prior to the expiration date with details on how to register for the online recredential class. To check your credential expiration date, refer to your ISFSI profile.

We encourage credential holders to maintain their ISFSI membership as the cost to recredential is $95 for members and $295 for non-members. If you have questions concerning your credential status, contact the ISFSI Program Manger, Suzanne Campbell at

Student Prerequisites for Live Fire Instructor Credential Program

Valid ISFSI Live Fire Instructor Credential – Fixed Facility

Reading Material

(not provided with registration)

NFPA 1403 Standard on Live Fire Training, 2018 Version 

Live Fire Training: Principles & Practice to NFPA 1403, Second Edition

Live Fire Instructor Credential - Acquired Structure