Live Fire Instructor Credential - Fixed Facility

This intensive three-day program explores the most recent NFPA 1403 standard and applies the principles of the standard to the student’s ability to instruct live fire training in a safe environment. The course is delivered in a true blended learning approach using the online-learning system to prepare the candidate for the three day instructor led course.

Students must first complete an extensive online learning platform with several activities and pre-test. NFPA 1403 content will be discussed and demonstrated in hands-on live fire training evolutions at the host facility where skill checklists validate candidate performance. Candidates must meet all prerequisites as specified in NFPA 1403 Chapter 4 Section 4.3 to participate as students in this program.

Program Highlights:

  • Instructor responsibilities in operations of permanent gas fire and Class A combustible fueled live fire training structures
  • Creating and implementation of a sample pre-burn plan
  • Emergency planning and operations
  • Instructor and student pre-fire walk-through
  • Review and analyze relevant case studies
  • Working with students in fire conditions
  • Situational awareness during fire conditions
  • Fuel characteristics and safe loading
  • Participant PPE inspections
  • Review of current industry research involving live fire conditions
  • Application of duties to ignition officer, safety officer and instructor-in-charge

Course Schedule:

  • Day 1:  Lecture and Student Activities
  • Day 2:  Lecture, Practical Application, and Evolutions (To include Live Fire)
  • Day 3:  Lecture, Practical Application, and Written Examination
Student Prerequisites for Live Fire Instructor Credential Program:
  • Must be an AHJ credentialed Firefighter II & AHJ credentialed Instructor
  • Must have a minimum of one year as an instructor
  • Successful completion of online pre-course examination
  • Must have a signed letter, by Fire Chief of represented department, verifying these aforementioned prerequisites

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Program Overview:

Reading Material (not provided with registration):

  • NFPA 1403 Standard on Live Fire Training, 2018 Version (required)
  • Live Fire Training: Principles & Practice to NFPA 1403, Second Edition (recommended)
Online Course Work
  • Approximately 16 hours of activities and examination
  • EVALS platform (log in information provided at time of registration)

Classroom and Practical:

  • Tour & operations in permanent gas fired and/or non-gas fired structural fire training props
  • Safety Planning
  • Emergency planning & operations (emergency egress, RIT, students/instructor rescue, emergency suppression)
  • Instructor & student pre-fire walk-through (purpose, content, instructor’s role)
  • Working with students in fire conditions (includes physical positioning, maneuvering in low visibility, observation of students for difficulties and/or unsafe behavior; teaching in the environment)
  • Situational awareness during fire operations (changes in fire dynamics and conditions, student behavior, operational issues such as complacency, compliance to safety plan)
  • Fuel characteristics & safe loading
  • Participant PPE inspections
  • Using the Training Plan (focuses on implementation not preparation of a plan & understanding and meeting training objectives)
  • Task Books: Sign off on skills completed during class

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 keep their ISFSI membership as the cost to recredential is $50 for members and $325 for non-members. 

This course is required for any ISFSI 1403 Live Fire Fixed Facility credentialed student seeking recertification.  The student will need access to the current NFPA 1403 standard. The student will have 30-days from the time they are entered into the course platform to complete the required course components.  

The recertification platform includes the following components:

  • Resources that will be helpful while completing the recertification process as well as reference materials for training departments.
  • Fifty question final exam (primary reference is the current 1403 Standard);
  • Completion of an experience record highlighting participation in at least three different live fire training events over the course of the active credential (to include Instructor-in-Charge, Instructor, Safety Officer, and Ignition Officer);
  • Upload completed burn plan.

Questions regarding the completion of the course content should be directed to the Program Manager, Suzanne Campbell, at

Live Fire Instructor Credential - Fixed Facility

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August 2022
Friday, August 26 - Sunday, August 28, 2022
165075 Range Road 244
Vulcan, AB T0I 2B0
September 2022
Wednesday, September 7 - Friday, September 9, 2022
13500 256th Street
Maple Ridge, BC V2R 1C9
Monday, September 19 - Wednesday, September 21, 2022
9911 E. 104th Avenue
Commerce City, 80601
October 2022
Monday, October 10 - Wednesday, October 12, 2022
8602 Schrade Road
Rowlett, TX 75032
Monday, October 17 - Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Class: 31777 Industrial Road, Livonia, MI 48150
Burn Facility: 32303 Glendale, Livonia, MI 48150
Wednesday, October 19 - Friday, October 21, 2022
9548 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66111
Monday, October 24 - Wednesday, October 26, 2022
7925 E 160th Street
Noblesville, IN 46062
November 2022
Wednesday, November 2 - Friday, November 4, 2022
Boston Fire Training Facility, Moon Island
One Moon Island Road
Quincy, MA 02171

Wednesday, November 2 - Friday, November 4, 2022
11975 S. State Route 69
Spring Valley, AZ 86333
Tuesday, November 15 - Thursday, November 17, 2022
1201 White Horse Road
Greenville, SC 29605-4957