Chapter 4765-20 Fire Service Training Programs

4765-20-01 General provisions.

No person shall provide firefighting, fire safety inspector services, instruction in firefighting or fire safety inspector certification courses, or other related services without possessing the appropriate certificate issued by the executive director pursuant to section 4765.55 of the Revised Code and Chapters 4765-11, 4765-20 and 4765-21 of the Administrative Code.

Replaces: 4501-20-01

Effective: 04/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 01/24/08

4765-20-02 Qualifications for a firefighter certificate.

[Comment: For dates and availability of material incorporated by reference in this rule, see paragraph (CC) in rule 4765-11-01 of the Administrative Code.]

(A) An applicant for a firefighter certificate shall satisfy the following requirements:

(1) Submit a completed application, "Firefighter or Fire Safety Inspector Initial Application"

(2) Successfully complete a firefighter training course through a chartered program, and receive a document of course completion at the level for which the certificate of firefighter training is sought;

(3) Pass the knowledge and practical examinations as set forth in rule 4765-20-06 of the Administrative Code;

(4) Be at least eighteen years of age;

(5) Has not been convicted of any of the following:

(a) Any felony;

(b) A misdemeanor committed in the course of practice;

(c) A misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.

(6) Has not committed fraud, misrepresentation, or material deception in applying for or obtaining a certificate issued under section 4765.55 of the Revised Code and this chapter.

(B) In deciding whether to grant a firefighter certificate, the executive director, with the advice and counsel of the committee, has the following options:

(1) The executive director shall issue a firefighter certificate to an applicant who meets all of the requirements listed in paragraphs (A)(1) to (A)(6) of this rule;

(2) The executive director shall refuse to grant a firefighter certificate to an applicant who fails to meet one or more of the requirements listed in paragraphs (A)(1) to (A)(4) of this rule;

(3) The executive director may grant, refuse to grant, or restrict a firefighter certificate to an applicant who meets the requirements listed in paragraphs (A)(1) to (A)(4) of this rule, but fails to meet one or more of the requirements listed in paragraphs (A)(5) to (A)(6) of this rule.

(C) No person shall hold a firefighter certificate at more than one level.

(D) In addition to the requirements set forth in paragraphs (A)(1) to (A)(6) of this rule, an applicant for a firefighter certificate shall successfully complete the following "Federal Emergency Management Agency" training courses:

(1) "National Incident Management System Course IS-700;"

(2) "National Incident Management System Course ICS-100" or the online equivalent.

(E) In addition to meeting the requirements set forth in paragraphs (A)(1) to (A)(6) and (D) of this rule, an applicant for a firefighter I or firefighter II certificate shall have successfully completed training on "NFPA standard 472" related to the minimum requirements in terms of professional core competencies for hazardous materials awareness and operations.

(F) The requirements listed in paragraphs (A)(1) to (A)(3) of this rule shall commence and end within a consecutive twelve month period.

(G) A firefighter certificate issued pursuant to this rule shall be issued in accordance with the certification cycles and pro-rated renewal requirements set forth in rule 4765-20-22 of the Administrative Code.

Replaces: 4765-20-02, 4765-11-03, in part, 4765-11-10, in part, 4765-11-11, in part, 4765-11-12, in part, 4765-11-13, in part, and 4765-11-14, in part.

Effective: 04/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 7/25/04, 6/30/75, 5/1/79, 1/1/89, 1/1/96, 9/25/00, 5/29/03, 01/24/08, and 01/01/11

4765-20-03 Qualifications for a fire safety inspector certificate.

[Comment: For dates and availability of material incorporated by reference in this rule, see paragraph (CC) in rule 4765-11-01 of the Administrative Code.]

(A) An applicant for a fire safety inspector certificate shall satisfy the following requirements:

(1) Submit a completed application, "Firefighter or Fire Safety Inspector Initial Application"

(2) Successfully complete a fire safety inspector training course through a chartered program, and receive a document of course completion for a certificate of fire safety inspector training;

(3) Pass the knowledge and practical examinations as set forth in rule 4765-20-06 of the Administrative Code;

(4) Be at least eighteen years of age;

(5) Has not been convicted of any of the following:

(a) Any felony;

(b) A misdemeanor committed in the course of practice;

(c) A misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.

(6) Has not committed fraud, misrepresentation, or material deception in applying for, or obtaining a certificate issued under section 4765.55 of the Revised Code and this chapter.

(B) In deciding whether to grant a fire safety inspector certificate, the executive director, with the advice and counsel of the committee, has the following options:

(1) The executive director shall issue a certificate of fire safety inspector training to an applicant who meets all of the requirements listed in paragraphs (A)(1) to (A)(6) of this rule;

(2) The executive director shall refuse to grant a certificate of fire safety inspector training to an applicant who fails to meet one or more of the requirements listed in paragraphs (A)(1) to (A)(4) of this rule;

(3) The executive director may grant, refuse to grant, or restrict a certificate of fire safety inspector training to an applicant who meets the requirements listed in paragraphs (A)(1) to (A)(4) of this rule, but fails to meet one or more of the requirements listed in paragraphs (A)(5) to (A)(6) of this rule.

(C) In addition to the requirements set forth in paragraph (A) of this rule, an applicant for a fire safety inspector certificate shall successfully complete the following "Federal Emergency Management Agency" training courses:

(1) "National Incident Management System Course IS-700;"

(2) "National Incident Management System Course ICS-100" or online equivalent.

(D) The requirements listed in paragraphs (A)(1) to (A)(3) of this rule shall commence and end within a consecutive twelve month period.

(E) A fire safety inspector certificate issued pursuant to this rule shall be issued in accordance with the certification cycles and pro-rated renewal requirements set forth in rule 4765-20-22 of the Administrative Code.

Replaces: 4765-20-03, and in part, 4765-11-03

Effective: 04/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 7/25/04, 6/30/75, 5/1/79, 1/1/89, 1/1/96, 9/25/00, 5/29/03, 01/24/08, and 01/01/11

4765-20-04 Application for a firefighter, fire safety inspector or instructor certificate.

[Comment: For dates and availability of material incorporated by reference in this rule, see paragraph (CC) in rule 4765-11-01 of the Administrative Code.]

(A) An applicant for a firefighter, fire safety inspector or instructor certificate shall submit a completed "Firefighter or Fire Safety Inspector Initial Application," or "Fire, Assistant Fire and/or Fire Safety Inspector Instructor Initial Application."

(B) An application that is not filled out in the manner as specified may be deemed incomplete.

(C) An applicant who has been convicted of any offense listed in rules 4765-20-02 , 4765-20-03 and 4765-21-03 of the Administrative Code shall, at the applicant's expense, submit with the application a certified copy of the judgment entry from the court in which the conviction occurred, a civilian background check from the bureau of criminal identification and investigation (BCI&I), and a certified copy of the police report or law enforcement agency report, if applicable. Subject to the discretion of the executive director, failure to submit this documentation may render the application incomplete.

(D) Applications deemed incomplete shall not be considered. The division shall provide written notification to the applicant indicating the reason the application is incomplete.

Replaces: 4765-20-04

Effective: 04/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 01/24/2008

4765-20-05 Notification to the executive director of change of personal information.

(A) The holder of a firefighter, fire safety inspector, or instructor certificate issued pursuant to section 4765.55 of the Revised Code, Chapter 4765-21 of the Administrative Code and this chapter shall provide written notice to the executive director no later than thirty days following any changes in the certificate holder's:

(1) Full legal name;

(2) Home mailing address;

(3) Home telephone number;

(4) Email address.

(B) A certificate holder notifying the executive director of a name change shall submit legal documentation verifying such a name change.

Effective: 04/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/16/2014 and 01/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 01/24/08

4765-20-06 Firefighter, fire safety inspector and instructor examinations.

(A) The initial examinations required for a firefighter certificate shall consist of a knowledge examination and a practical examination established by the executive director, with the advice and counsel of the committee.

(1) The knowledge examination for a firefighter certificate shall meet the following:

(a) The knowledge examination shall be taken at the level of firefighter certification sought;

(b) A passing score of at least seventy per cent on the knowledge examination is required for certification;

(c) The knowledge examination required for certification shall be passed within three attempts;

(d) If the applicant is unable to pass the knowledge examination within three attempts, the applicant shall complete a new course of instruction as set forth in Chapter 4765-11 of the Administrative Code and meet all criteria for a firefighter certificate as provided in rule 4765-20-02 of the Administrative Code.

(2) The practical examination shall consist of skills testing for a firefighter certificate and shall meet the following:

(a) The practical examination shall be administered by a chartered program;

(b) The practical examination shall be evaluated by a practical skills evaluator;

(c) The practical examination is based on a pass or fail grading system;

(d) The applicant shall pass each skill in its entirety. Failure to pass any portion of a tested skill requires re-testing of the entire skill.

(e) A maximum of three attempts per skill is permitted, with no more than two attempts occurring on the same day;

(f) If the applicant is unable to pass the practical examination within three attempts, the applicant shall complete a new course of instruction as set forth in Chapter 4765-11 of the Administrative Code and meet all criteria for a firefighter certificate as provided in rule 4765-20-02 of the Administrative Code.

(3) An applicant shall successfully pass the practical examination as set forth in paragraph (A)(2) of this rule prior to attempting the knowledge examination as set forth in paragraph (A)(1) of this rule.

(B) The reinstatement examinations required for a firefighter certificate shall consist of a knowledge examination and a practical examination established by the executive director, with the advice and counsel of the committee. Time lines for reinstatement requirements for a firefighter certificate are set forth in rule 4765-20-08 of the Administrative Code.

(1) The knowledge examination for reinstatement of a firefighter certificate shall meet the following:

(a) The knowledge examination shall be taken at the level of firefighter certification sought;

(b) A passing score of at least seventy per cent on the knowledge examination is required for certification;

(c) The knowledge examination required for reinstatement shall be passed within three attempts;

(d) If the applicant is unable to pass the knowledge examination within three attempts, the applicant shall complete a new course of instruction as set forth in Chapter 4765-11 of the Administrative Code and meet all criteria for a firefighter certificate as provided in rule 4765-20-02 of the Administrative Code.

(2) The practical examination for reinstatement of a firefighter certificate shall meet the following:

(a) The practical examination shall be administered by a chartered program;

(b) The practical examination shall be evaluated by a practical skills evaluator;

(c) The practical examination is based on a pass or fail grading system;

(d) The applicant shall pass each skill in its entirety. Failure to pass any portion of a tested skill requires re-testing of the entire skill.

(e) A maximum of three attempts per skill is permitted, with no more than two attempts occurring on the same day;

(f) If the applicant is unable to pass the practical examination within three attempts, the applicant shall complete a new course of instruction as set forth in Chapter 4765-11 of the Administrative Code and meet all criteria for the firefighter certificate as provided in rule 4765-20-02 of the Administrative Code.

(C) The initial examinations required for a fire safety inspector certificate shall consist of a knowledge examination and a practical examination established by the executive director, with the advice and counsel of the committee.

(1) The knowledge examination for a fire safety inspector certificate shall meet the following:

(a) A passing score of at least seventy per cent on the knowledge examination is required for certification;

(b) The knowledge examination for fire safety inspector shall be passed within three attempts;

(c) If the applicant is unable to pass the knowledge examination within three attempts, the applicant shall complete a new course of instruction for fire safety inspector as set forth in rule 4765-11-14 of the Administrative Code and meet all criteria for a certificate of fire safety inspector training as provided in rule 4765-20-03 of the Administrative Code.

(2) The practical examination for fire safety inspector shall meet the following:

(a) The practical examination shall be administered by a chartered program;

(b) The practical examination shall be evaluated by a practical skills evaluator;

(c) The practical examination is based on a pass or fail grading system;

(d) The applicant shall pass each skill in its entirety. Failure to pass any portion of a tested skill requires re-testing of the entire skill.;

(e) A maximum of three attempts per skill is permitted, with no more than two attempts occurring on the same day;

(f) If the applicant is unable to pass the practical examination, the applicant shall complete a new course of instruction or fire safety inspector as set forth in rule 4765-11-14 of the Administrative Code and meet all criteria for the fire safety inspector certificate as provided in rule 4765-20-03 of the Administrative Code.

(D) The reinstatement examination required for a fire safety inspector certificate shall consist of a knowledge examination established by the executive director, with the advice and counsel of the committee.

(1) A passing score of at least seventy per cent on the knowledge examination is required for certification.

(2) The knowledge examination required for fire safety inspector shall be passed within three attempts.

(3) If the applicant is unable to pass the knowledge examination within three attempts, the applicant shall complete a new course of instruction for fire safety inspector as set forth in rule 4765-11-14 of the Administrative Code and meet all criteria for a fire safety inspector certificate as provided in rule 4765-20-03 of the Administrative Code.

(E) The initial examinations required for a fire instructor certificate shall consist of a knowledge examination and instructional methods examination established by the executive director, with the advice and counsel of the committee.

(1) The knowledge examination for fire instructor shall meet the following:

(a) The knowledge examination shall be taken prior to admission into a fire instructor course;

(b) The knowledge examination shall be taken at the firefighter II level;

(c) A passing score of at least eighty per cent on the knowledge examination is required for certification;

(d) If an applicant is unable to pass the knowledge examination within three attempts, the applicant shall wait for a time period of six months and complete a new firefighter I training course as set forth in rule 4765-11-11 of the Administrative Code before attempting the examination again.

(2) The instructional methods examination shall meet the following:

(a) A passing score of at least seventy per cent on the instructional methods examination is required for certification;

(b) The instructional methods examination required for certification shall be passed within three attempts;

(c) If an applicant is unable to pass the instructional methods examination within three attempts, the applicant shall complete a new fire instructor training course as set forth in rule 4765-11-15 of the Administrative Code and meet all criteria for a fire instructor as set forth in rule 4765-21-03 of the Administrative Code.

(F) The reinstatement examination required for a fire instructor certificate shall consist of the instructional methods examination established by the executive director, with the advice and counsel of the committee.

(1) A passing score of at least seventy per cent on the instructional methods examination is required for reinstatement,

(2) The instructional methods examination required for certification shall be passed within three attempts.

(3) If an applicant is unable to pass the examination within three attempts, the applicant shall complete a new fire instructor training course as set forth in rule 4765-11-15 of the Administrative Code and meet all criteria for a fire instructor as set forth in rule 4765-21-03 of the Administrative Code.

(G) The initial examinations required for a fire safety inspector instructor certificate shall consist of a knowledge examination and instructional methods examination established by the executive director, with the advice and counsel of the committee.

(1) The knowledge examination for fire safety inspector instructor shall meet the following:

(a) The knowledge examination shall be taken prior to admission into a fire safety inspector instructor course;

(b) The knowledge examination shall be taken at the fire safety inspector level;

(c) If an applicant is unable to pass the knowledge examination within three attempts, the applicant shall wait for a time period of six months and complete a new fire safety inspector instructor training course as set forth in rule 4765-11-14 of the Administrative Code before attempting the examination again.

(2) The instructional methods examination shall meet the following:

(a) A passing score of at least seventy per cent on the instructional methods examination is required for certification;

(b) The instructional methods examination required for certification shall be passed within three attempts;

(c) If an applicant is unable to pass the examination within three attempts, the applicant shall complete a new fire instructor training course and meet all criteria for a fire instructor as set forth in rule 4765-21-03 of the Administrative Code;

(H) The reinstatement examination required for a fire safety inspector instructor certificate shall consist of an instructional methods examination established by the executive director, with the advice and counsel of the committee.

(1) A passing score of at least seventy per cent on the instructional methods examination is required for certification;

(2) The instructional methods examination required for certification shall be passed within three attempts;

(3) If an applicant is unable to pass the examination within three attempts, the applicant shall complete a new fire instructor training course and meet all criteria for a fire instructor as set forth in rule 4765-21-03 of the Administrative Code.

(I) The initial examination required for assistant fire instructor shall consist of a knowledge examination established by the executive director, with the advice and counsel of the committee.

(1) The knowledge examination for assistant fire instructor shall be taken at the firefighter I or firefighter II level;

(2) A passing score of at least seventy per cent on the knowledge examination is required for certification;

(3) If an applicant is unable to pass the knowledge examination within three attempts, the applicant shall wait for a time period of six months and complete a new firefighter I training course as set forth in rule 4765-11-11 of the Administrative Code before attempting the examination again.

Replaces: 4765-20-06

Effective: 04/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 01/24/2008

4765-20-07 Renewal of a firefighter or fire safety inspector certificate.

[Comment: For dates and availability of material incorporated by reference in this rule, see paragraph (CC) in rule 4765-11-01 of the Administrative Code.]

(A) The executive director shall renew a firefighter certificate, issued under section 4765.55 of the Revised Code and this chapter, to an applicant who meets the following requirements:

(1) Submits a completed "Firefighter and/or Fire Safety Inspector Renewal Application" on or before the expiration date of the current certificate;

(2) Satisfies the requirements for a firefighter certificate as set forth in paragraphs (A)(5) to (A)(6) of rule 4765-20-02 of the Administrative Code;

(3) Satisfies the continuing education requirements for a firefighter certificate as set forth in Chapter 4765-20 of the Administrative Code.

(B) The executive director shall renew a fire safety inspector training certificate, issued under section 4765.55 of the Revised Code and this chapter, to an applicant who meets the following requirements:

(1) Submits a completed "Firefighter and/or Fire Safety Inspector Renewal Application" on or before the expiration date of the current certificate;

(2) Satisfies the requirements for a fire safety inspector certificate as set forth in paragraphs (A)(5) to (A)(6) of rule 4765-20-03 of the Administrative Code;

(3) Satisfies the continuing education requirements for a fire safety inspector certificate as set forth in Chapter 4765-20 of the Administrative Code.

(C) No later than sixty days prior to the applicant's expiration date, the division, as directed by the executive director, shall provide notification of the certificate's expiration date and the method of renewal to each person who has been issued a certificate of firefighter or fire safety inspector training.

(D) An applicant for renewal of a firefighter or fire safety inspector training certificate shall maintain records of the continuing education requirements for the current and previous certification cycles.

(E) There shall be no application fee required for renewal of a firefighter or fire safety inspector training certificate.

(F) A renewed firefighter or fire safety inspector training certificate does not become effective until the expiration date of the current certificate.

(G) If an applicant's certification cycle was less than thirty-six months, the applicant shall complete the pro-rated continuing education requirements as set forth in rule 4765-20-22 of the Administrative Code.

Replaces: 4765-20-07

Effective: 04/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 01/24/08

4765-20-08 Reinstatement of a firefighter or fire safety inspector certificate.

[Comment: For dates and availability of material incorporated by reference in this rule, see paragraph (CC) in rule 4765-11-01 of the Administrative Code.]

(A) A firefighter or fire safety inspector certificate shall expire on its expiration date, if the certificate holder fails to renew such certificate.

(B) In order to reinstate a certificate of firefighter training that has expired or becomes invalid due to a voluntary surrender, an applicant shall meet all of the following requirements:

(1) Submit a completed "Firefighter and/or Fire Safety Inspector Reinstatement Application;"

(2) Meet all qualifications for a firefighter certificate as outlined in rule 4765-20-02 of the Administrative Code;

(3) Previously held a firefighter certificate for the level of certification sought and the applicant was in good standing at the time the certificate expired or was voluntarily surrendered;

(4) Meet the requirements as outlined in paragraphs (C), (D), and (E) of this rule, as applicable.

(C) The executive director shall reinstate a firefighter certificate that has expired or becomes invalid due to a voluntary surrender, for no later than ninety days from the expiration date or date of surrender, if the applicant meets the requirements set forth in paragraph (B) of this rule and all of the following requirements:

(1) Submits an application fee of seventy-five dollars;

(2) Provides documentation to the division that all continuing education requirements as set forth in Chapter 4765-20 of the Administrative Code were met for the last certification cycle prior to the certificate's expiration date or date of surrender. If the continuing education requirements have not been completed prior to expiration date or date of surrender, the applicant is not eligible for reinstatement under this paragraph.

(D) The executive director shall reinstate a firefighter certificate that has expired, or becomes invalid due to a voluntary surrender, for no later than six months from the expiration date or date of surrender, if the applicant meets the requirements set forth in paragraph (B) of this rule and all of the following requirements:

(1) Provides documentation to the division that all continuing education requirements as set forth in Chapter 4765-20 of the Administrative Code were met for the last certification cycle. Continuing education need not be completed prior to the certificate's expiration date or date of surrender, but shall be completed at time of application;

(2) Successfully passes the knowledge examination, at the level of certification sought, as set forth in rule 4765-20-06 of the Administrative Code.

(E) The executive director shall reinstate a firefighter certificate that has expired, or becomes invalid due to voluntary surrender, for more than six months, but no later than eighteen months from the expiration date or date of surrender, if the applicant meets the requirements set forth in paragraph (B) of this rule and all of the following requirements:

(1) Provides documentation to the division that all continuing education requirements as set forth in Chapter 4765-20 of the Administrative Code were met for the last certification cycle. Continuing education need not be completed prior to the certificate's expiration date, but shall be completed at time of application;

(2) Successfully passes the knowledge examination, at the level of certification sought, as set forth in rule 4765-20-06 of the Administrative Code;

(3) Successfully passes the practical examination as set forth in rule 4765-20-06 of the Administrative Code.

(F) If a firefighter certificate has expired, or becomes invalid due to voluntary surrender, for eighteen months or longer from expiration date or date of surrender, the applicant is not eligible for reinstatement. The applicant shall complete a new course of instruction and meet all qualifications for a certificate of firefighter training as provided in rule 4765-20-02 of the Administrative Code.

(G) In order to reinstate a fire safety inspector certificate that has expired or becomes invalid due to a voluntary surrender, an applicant shall meet all of the following requirements:

(1) Submit a completed "Firefighter and/or Fire Safety Inspector Reinstatement Application;"

(2) Meet all qualifications for a fire safety inspector certificate, as outlined in rule 4765-20-03 of the Administrative Code;

(3) Previously held a fire safety inspector certificate and the applicant was in good standing at the time the certificate expired or was voluntarily surrendered;

(4) Meet requirements as outlined in paragraphs (H), (I), or (J) of this rule, as applicable.

(H) The executive director shall reinstate a fire safety inspector certificate that has expired or becomes invalid due to voluntary surrender, for not later than ninety days from expiration date or date of surrender, if the applicant meets the requirements set forth in paragraph (G) of this rule and all of the following requirements:

(1) Submits an application fee of seventy-five dollars;

(2) Provides documentation to the division that all continuing education requirements as set forth in Chapter 4765-20 of the Administrative Code were met for the last certification cycle prior to the certificate's expiration date or date of surrender. If the continuing education requirements have not been completed prior to expiration date, the applicant is not eligible for reinstatement under this paragraph.

(I) The executive director shall reinstate a fire safety inspector certificate that has expired, or becomes invalid due to a voluntary surrender, for not more than six months from expiration date, if the applicant meets the requirements set forth in paragraph (G) of this rule and all of the following requirements:

(1) Provides documentation to the division that all continuing education requirements as set forth in Chapter 4765-20 of the Administrative Code were met for the last certification cycle. Continuing education need not be completed prior to the certificate's expiration date, but shall be completed at time of application;

(2) Successfully passes the knowledge examination as set forth in rule 4765-20-06 of the Administrative Code.

(J) The executive director shall reinstate a fire safety inspector certificate that has expired, or becomes invalid due to voluntary surrender, for more than six months, but less than eighteen months from the expiration date or date of surrender, if the applicant meets the requirements set forth in paragraph (G) of this rule and all of the following requirements, within such time period:

(1) Provides documentation to the division that all continuing education requirements as set forth in Chapter 4765-20 of the Administrative Code were met for the last certification cycle. Continuing education need not be completed prior to the certificate's expiration date or date of surrender, but shall be completed at time of application;

(2) Successfully passes the knowledge examination as set forth in rule 4765-20-06 of the Administrative Code.

(K) If a fire safety inspector certificate has expired or becomes invalid due to voluntary surrender, for eighteen months or longer from the expiration date or date of surrender, the applicant is not eligible for reinstatement. The applicant shall complete a new course of instruction and meet all qualifications for a fire safety inspector certificate as provided in rule 4765-20-03 of the Administrative Code.

(L) An applicant shall meet all requirements for eligibility prior to taking any examination.

(M) An applicant who is eligible for reinstatement is not eligible to apply for certification by reciprocity at or below the level of the expired certificate.

(N) An applicant who qualifies for reinstatement is eligible to be reinstated at the level previously held by such applicant.

(O) The applicant's course of fire service training shall be significantly similar to the current curriculum requirements as set forth in Chapter 4765-11 of the Administrative Code for the level sought. If the training is not significantly similar to the current curriculum, the applicant shall complete additional coursework in the areas of deficiency through a chartered program.

(P) A firefighter or fire safety inspector certificate issued pursuant to this rule shall be issued in accordance with the certification cycles and pro-rated renewal requirements set forth in rule 4765-20-22 of the Administrative Code.

Replaces: 4765-20-08

Effective: 04/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 01/24/08, 01/01/11

4765-20-09 Reinstatement of a revoked firefighter or fire safety inspector certificate.

[Comment: For dates and availability of material incorporated by reference in this rule, see paragraph (CC) in rule 4765-11-01 of the Administrative Code.]

(A) The executive director may reinstate a firefighter certificate that has been previously revoked, in accordance with the parameters set forth in this rule. In order to be considered for reinstatement, the applicant shall meet the following requirements:

(1) Submit a completed "Firefighter and/or Fire Safety Inspector Reinstatement Application;"

(2) Pass the knowledge examination at the level of firefighter certification previously held, within three attempts. If the applicant is unable to pass the examination within three attempts, the applicant shall complete a new course of instruction and apply for a new certificate of firefighter training under rule 4765-20-02 of the Administrative Code;

(3) Provide documentation of completion of eighteen hours of continuing education related to fire service training as approved by the applicant's fire chief or a program director;

(4) Meet all qualifications for a firefighter certificate as outlined in paragraphs (A)(5) to (A)(6) of rule 4765-20-02 of the Administrative Code;

(5) Have previously held a firefighter certificate issued under section 4765.55 of the Revised Code and rule 4765-20-02 of the Administrative Code, for the level of certification sought;

(6) Have completed a course of training that is significantly similar to the current curriculum requirements as set forth in Chapter 4765-11 of the Administrative Code for the level of certification sought. If the training is not significantly similar to the current curriculum, the applicant shall complete additional coursework in the areas of deficiency through a chartered program.

(B) The executive director may reinstate a fire safety inspector certificate that has been previously revoked, in accordance with the parameters set forth in this rule. In order to be considered for reinstatement, the applicant shall meet the following requirements:

(1) Submit a completed "Firefighter and/or Fire Safety Inspector Reinstatement Application;"

(2) Pass the knowledge examination for fire safety inspector, within three attempts. If the applicant is unable to pass the examination within three attempts, the applicant shall complete a new course of instruction and apply for a new certificate of fire safety inspector training under rule 4765-20-03 of the Administrative Code;

(3) Provide documentation of completion of ten hours of continuing education related to fire safety inspector training as approved by the applicant's fire chief or a program director;

(4) Meet all qualifications for a fire safety inspector certificate as outlined in paragraphs (A)(5) to (A)(6) of rule 4765-20-03 of the Administrative Code;

(5) Have previously held a fire safety inspector certificate issued under section 4765.55 of the Revised Code and rule 4765-20-03 of the Administrative Code;

(6) Have completed a course of training that is significantly similar to the current curriculum requirements as set forth in Chapter 4765-11 of the Administrative Code. If the training is not significantly similar to the current curriculum, the applicant shall complete additional coursework in the areas of deficiency through a chartered program.

(C) In order to be eligible for reinstatement of a revoked firefighter or fire safety inspector certificate, the applicant's certificate shall have been revoked by the executive director for at least one year from the date on which the executive director's order revoking the certificate was journalized, but no more than eighteen months. If the applicant's certificate has been revoked for more than eighteen months, such applicant shall complete a new training course and apply for a new firefighter or fire safety inspector certificate in accordance with rules 4765-20-02 or 4765-20-03 of the Administrative Code.

(D) The executive director shall not reinstate a firefighter or fire safety inspector certificate if the applicant's certificate was permanently revoked.

(E) In addition to meeting the requirements set forth in this rule, the executive director may take into consideration other relevant factors when determining whether to grant a request for reinstatement. These factors include, but are not limited to the following:

(1) The nature and severity of the acts that resulted in the revocation of the applicant's certificate;

(2) The time that has elapsed since the revocation;

(3) Additional convictions or violations of the Revised Code occurring after the revocation of the certificate;

(4) Any evidence of rehabilitation, including but not limited to, appropriate treatment or counseling, which the applicant shall submit documentation to the executive director;

(5) Evidence of additional education or training, which the applicant shall submit to the executive director;

(6) Compliance with previous executive director orders or consent agreements;

(7) Compliance with court ordered sentencing;

(8) Employment history, including compliance with any departmental discipline, which the applicant may submit to the executive director.

(F) A firefighter or fire safety inspector certificate issued pursuant to this rule shall be issued in accordance with the certification cycles and pro-rated renewal requirements set forth in rule 4765-20-22 of the Administrative Code.

Replaces: 4765-20-09

Effective: 04/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 01/24/08

4765-20-10 Certificate in lieu of completing a chartered training program.

(A) Any person who received firefighter training prior to July 2, 1970, and wished to receive credit for that training in lieu of completing a chartered program, was required to apply for a certificate no later than December 31, 2010.

(B) Any person who failed to apply by December 31, 2010, shall complete a new course of instruction and meet all requirements for a certificate as set forth in rule 4765-20-02 of the Administrative Code.

Replaces: 4765-20-10

Effective: 04/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 9/30/04, 7/3/97, 9/25/00, 01/24/08

4765-20-11 Firefighter certification by reciprocity.

[Comment: For dates and availability of material incorporated by reference in this rule, see paragraph (CC) in rule 4765-11-01 of the Administrative Code.]

(A) For purposes of granting reciprocity, the executive director may review firefighter licensing or certification requirements and firefighter training standards from another state, the District of Columbia, a United States territory, or any branch of the United States military to identify those requirements and standards that are substantially similar to the curriculum and certification standards set forth in Chapter 4765-11 of the Administrative Code and this chapter.

(B) The executive director shall issue a firefighter certificate through reciprocity pursuant to section 4765.55 of the Revised Code and this chapter, to an applicant who holds a current and valid firefighter certificate or license, that is in good standing, from another state, the District of Columbia, or a United States territory provided that the applicant meets all of the following qualifications:

(1) Submits a completed "Firefighter Reciprocity Application;"

(2) Submits documentation to the division demonstrating that the applicant has completed a structured firefighter training course in another state, the District of Columbia, a United States territory, or other fire training program approved by the executive director that is equal to or exceeds the training standards and curriculum as set forth in Chapter 4765-11of the Administrative Code. The training course shall meet all of the following requirements:

(a) The training course shall have included traditional classroom and practical skills training in the subject areas identified in the Ohio firefighter curriculum as set forth in Chapter 4765-11 of the Ohio Administrative Code;

(b) The training course shall have required the applicant to pass one or more written and practical examinations that test knowledge, skills, and ability to provide firefighter services;

(c) The training course shall be significantly similar to the current curriculum requirements for the level of certification sought.

(3) An applicant that completed a structured training course in another state, the District of Columbia, a United States territory, or other fire training program approved by the executive director shall meet one of the following:

(a) Submit documentation indicating the training course was completed in the last eighteen months; or

(b) Submit documentation demonstrating the applicant was on active duty with a fire department within the last eighteen months.

(4) Meets all the requirements as set forth in paragraphs (A)(4) to (A)(6) of rule 4765-20-02 of the Administrative Code;

(5) Within twelve months after the applicant is approved for testing and the division issues a letter of authorization to test, the applicant shall pass the knowledge examination and practical examination, as set forth in rule 4765-20-06 of the Administrative Code, at the certification level sought. After twelve months, the applicant shall complete a new course of instruction at the level of certification sought.

(C) The executive director shall issue a firefighter certificate through reciprocity pursuant to section 4765.55 of the Revised Code and this chapter, to an applicant who received a firefighter training course from any branch of the United States military, provided that the applicant meets all of the following qualifications:

(1) Submits a completed "Firefighter Reciprocity Application;"

(2) Submits documentation to the division demonstrating that the applicant has completed a structured firefighter training course in any branch of the United States military that is equal to or exceeds the training standards and curriculum as set forth in Chapter 4765-11 of the Administrative Code. The training course shall met all of the following requirements:

(a) The training course shall have included traditional classroom and practical skills training in the subject areas identified in the Ohio firefighter curriculum as set forth in Chapter 4765-11 of the Ohio Administrative Code;

(b) The training course shall have required the applicant to pass one or more written and practical examinations that test knowledge, skills, and ability to provide firefighter services;

(c) The training course shall be significantly similar to the current curriculum requirements for the level of certification sought.

(3) An applicant that completed a structured firefighter training course in a branch of the United States military shall meet one of the following:

(a) Submit an application for reciprocity within eighteen months of discharge from the United States military; or

(b) Submit documentation indicating the training course was completed in the last eighteen months; or

(c) Submit documentation demonstrating the applicant was on active duty with a fire department within the last eighteen months.

(4) The applicant meets all the requirements as set forth in paragraphs (A)(4) to (A)(6) of rule 4765-20-02 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

(5) Within twelve months after the applicant is approved for testing and the division issues a letter of authorization to test, the applicant shall pass the knowledge examination and practical examination, as set forth in rule 4765-20-06 of the Administrative Code, at the certification level sought. After twelve months, the applicant shall complete a new course of instruction at the level of certification sought.

(D) An applicant who is eligible for reinstatement is eligible to apply for certification by reciprocity ar or below the level of the expired certificate.

(E) A firefighter certificate issued pursuant to this rule shall be issued in accordance with the certification cycles and pro-rated renewal requirements set forth in rule 4765-20-22 of the Administrative Code.

Replaces: 4765-20-11

Effective: 04/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 12/09/05, 5/1/75, 6/30/75, 1/1/89, 7/3/97, 9/25/00 and 1/24/08

4765-20-12 [Rescinded] Equivalency for fire instructor.

Effective: 04/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/16/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 1/24/08

4765-20-13 Firefighter continuing education.

(A) When applying for renewal of a volunteer firefighter or firefighter I certificate, an applicant shall meet one of the following continuing education requirements:

(1) An applicant who wishes to renew at the applicant's current certification level shall complete fifty-four hours of continuing education that is related to the fire service and approved by the applicant's fire chief or program director of a chartered program. Such continuing education courses may be completed through in-service training courses conducted by the applicant's affiliated fire department; or

(2) An applicant who is participating in a firefighter I or firefighter II transition course as set forth in rules 4765-20-14 or 4765-20-15 of the Administrative Code, as applicable, may count the hours toward the requirements in paragraph (A)(1) of this rule.

(B) When applying for renewal of a firefighter II certificate, an applicant shall complete fifty-four hours of continuing education that is related to the fire service and approved by the applicant's fire chief or program director of a chartered program. Such continuing education courses may be completed through in-service training programs conducted by the applicant's affiliated fire department.

(C) An out-of-state applicant or an applicant unaffiliated with an Ohio fire department has the following options for meeting the continuing education requirements as set forth in this rule:

(1) An applicant that resides in Ohio, but is not affiliated with an Ohio fire department, may complete continuing education through the following:

(a) Training approved by the applicant's fire chief;

(b) Continuing education courses approved by a program director of a chartered program;

(c) Fire service training received by any other entity approved by the executive director, including but not limited to, the following entities:

(i) "National Fire Academy;"

(ii) "Fire Department Instructors Conference;"

(iii) "Fire-Rescue International;"

(iv) "National Domestic Preparedness Consortium."

(2) An applicant that does not reside in Ohio and is not affiliated with an Ohio fire department may complete continuing education through the following:

(a) Training approved by the applicant's fire chief;

(b) Training from a fire training institution approved by the licensing agency in another state;

(c) Training received by any other entity approved by the executive director, including but not limited to the following entities:

(i) "National Fire Academy;"

(ii) "Fire Department Instructors Conference;"

(iii) "Fire-Rescue International;"

(iv) "National Domestic Preparedness Consortium."

(3) Documentation of course completion shall be kept by the applicant.

(D) An applicant for renewal who has a firefighter certification cycle that is less than thirty-six months shall complete the pro-rated continuing education requirements as set forth in rule 4765-20-22 of the Administrative Code.

Replaces: 4765-20-13

Effective: 04/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 12/09/05, 5/1/75, 6/30/75, 1/1/89, 7/3/97, 9/25/00 and 1/24/08

4765-20-14 Continuing education option to upgrade a volunteer firefighter to a firefighter I.

(A) A certified volunteer firefighter may upgrade to a firefighter I through the completion of a firefighter I transition course, as set forth in rule 4765-11-10 of the Administrative Code.

(1) The firefighter I transition course shall be taught through a chartered program.

(2) All training and testing shall be completed in a thirty-six month period from the start date of the course.

(3) The applicant shall successfully pass the knowledge examination at the firefighter I level, as set forth in paragraph (A) of rule 4765-20-06 of the Administrative Code.

(B) Fire training hours completed may be applied toward continuing education requirements for the applicant's current fire certification level as required in rules 4765-20-13 or 4765-20-22 of the Administrative Code.

(C) An applicant who completes the requirements to transition to a firefighter I shall apply in accordance with rule 4765-20-02 of the Administrative Code.

Replaces: 4765-20-14

Effective: 04/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 1/24/08

4765-20-15 Continuing education option to upgrade a firefighter I to a firefighter II.

(A) A certified firefighter I may upgrade to a firefighter II through the completion of firefighter II transition course, as set forth in rule 4765-11-12 of the Administrative Code.

(1) The firefighter II transition course shall be taught through a chartered program.

(2) All training and testing shall be completed in a thirty-six month period from the start date of the course.

(3) The applicant shall successfully pass the knowledge examination for firefighter II, as set forth in paragraph (A) of rule 4765-20-06 of the Administrative Code.

(B) Fire training hours completed may be applied toward continuing education requirements for the applicant's current fire certification level as required in rules 4765-20-13 or 4765-20-22 of the Administrative Code.

(C) An applicant who completes the requirements to transition to a firefighter II shall apply in accordance with rule 4765-20-02 of the Administrative Code.

Replaces: 4765-20-15

Effective: 04/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 1/24/08

4765-20-16 Fire safety inspector continuing education.

(A) In order to renew a fire safety inspector certificate, the applicant shall complete complete thirty hours of continuing education for the certification cycle as set forth in this rule.

(B) Continuing education requirements shall be approved by the applicant's fire chief or a program director of a chartered program and may include any of the following:

(1) The theory of fire code enforcement;

(2) Enforcement of fire codes;

(3) Life safety system of building and uses;

(4) The safe use and maintenance of facilities, buildings, and uses which are subject to the state of Ohio fire code;

(5) The safe handling of materials which pose a fire hazard;

(6) Fire code administration;

(7) Legal method of code enforcement;

(8) Legal rights of landlords and tenants under federal, state, and local laws;

(9) The application, installation, use, and interpretation of the NFPA standards.

(C) If a new fire code is adopted by the state of Ohio, a fire safety inspector shall attend continuing education of not less than four hours related to the new fire code. The continuing education shall be completed within six months of the adoption of the new fire code. The fire safety inspector shall maintain documentation of completion of this update. These four hours may be counted towards the requirements set forth in paragraph (B) of this rule.

(D) Continuing education shall be provided by or under the auspices of institutions of higher education, recognized state agencies, chartered training programs, fire schools, fire training academies, or a fire department operated by federal, state, county, or local government, or non-profit organizations.

(E) If an applicant's certification cycle was less than thirty-six months, the applicant shall complete the pro-rated continuing education requirements as set forth in rule 4765-20-22 of the Administrative Code.

Replaces: 4765-20-16

Effective: 04/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 1/24/08

4765-20-17 Exemption from firefighter or fire safety inspector continuing education.

[Comment: For dates and availability of material incorporated by reference in this rule, see paragraph (CC) in rule 4765-11-01 of the Administrative Code.]

(A) The executive director, with the advice and counsel of the committee, may grant an applicant for renewal of a firefighter or fire safety inspector certificate a complete or partial exemption from compliance with the continuing education requirements, as set forth in this chapter and in accordance with this rule.

(B) Complete or partial exemptions may be granted for, but not limited to, the following reasons:

(1) The applicant is on active military duty;

(a) The applicant shall submit a completed "Exemption Request for Continuing Education" form. The request shall include the following:

(i) The continuing education requirements for which an exemption is sought;

(ii) Justification for the exemption;

(iii) Signature of the certificate holder;

(iv) Proof of active military duty during the certification period for which the exemption is requested.

(b) A request for military exemption shall be submitted no later than eighteen months from discharge of active duty.

(2) The applicant has a medical hardship or unusual circumstances that impact the applicant's ability to comply with the continuing education requirements for renewal of the fire service training certificate.

(a) The applicant shall submit a completed "Exemption Request for Continuing Education" form. The request shall include the following:

(i) The continuing education requirements for which an exemption is sought;

(ii) Justification for the exemption;

(iii) Signature of the certificate holder.

(b) A request for exemption shall be submitted to the division before the expiration date of the certificate of fire service training.

(C) If a request for exemption is received after the expiration date of the firefighter or fire safety inspector certificate, the executive director may consider the request if the executive director determines there are extenuating circumstances affecting either the submission of the request for exemption in a timely manner, or the ability of the certificate holder to comply with the continuing education requirements.

Replaces: 4765-20-17

Effective: 04/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 1/24/08

4765-20-18 Voluntary surrender of certificate of fire service training.

(A) A holder of a fire service training certificate may voluntarily surrender the holder's certificate by submitting it to the division.

(1) Such surrender shall be in writing and shall be accompanied by the holder's fire service training certificate.

(2) Such request for surrender is subject to the executive director's approval.

(3) A surrender approved by the executive director becomes effective upon the date of such approval.

(B) An individual who surrendered a certificate of fire service training pursuant to paragraph (A) of this rule and subsequently wishes to seek reinstatement of fire service training certification shall comply with the reinstatement provisions and timeliness as set forth in rule 4765-20-08 of the Administrative Code.

(C) If a fire service training certificate is under investigation by the division, acceptance of surrender is at the discretion of the executive director.

Replaces: 4765-20-18

Effective: 04/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 1/24/08

4765-20-19 [Rescinded] Initial renewal of active firefighter certification.

Effective: 04/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/16/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 1/24/08

4765-20-20 [Rescinded] Initial renewal of active fire safety inspector certification.

Effective: 04/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/16/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 1/24/08

4765-20-21 [Rescinded] Initial renewal of active fire instructor certification.

Effective: 04/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/16/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 1/24/08

4765-20-22 Firefighter, fire safety inspector and instructor certification cycles and continuing education requirements.

(A) This rule shall apply to individuals applying for initial certification, reciprocity or reinstatement of a firefighter, fire safety inspector, or an instructor certificate.

(B) A firefighter certificate shall expire on the individual's date of birth in the third year, except as provided in paragraph (C) of this rule. In order to be eligible to renew the firefighter certificate, the individual shall complete continuing education, in accordance with rule 4765-20-13 of the Administrative Code, for a reduced amount of hours according to the length of the certification cycle..

(C) A firefighter certificate issued to an individual who also holds a current EMS provider certificate to practice, as defined in rule 4765-1-01 of the Administrative Code, shall expire on the same date as the EMS provider's certificate to practice. In order to be eligible to renew the firefighter certificate, the individual shall complete continuing education, in accordance with rule 4765-20-13 of the Administrative Code, for the following reduced hours and certification cycle:

(1) Twelve months or less, no continuing education is required;

(2) More than twelve months but less than twenty-four months, eighteen hours of continuing education is required;

(3) Twenty-four months but less than thirty-six months, thirty-six hours of continuing education is required;

(4) Thirty-six months or more, fifty-four hours of continuing education is required.

(D) Except as provided in paragraph (E) of this rule, a fire safety inspector certificate shall expire on the same date as the individual's firefighter certification, or on the individual's date of birth in the third year if the individual does not possess a current firefighter certificate. In order to be eligible to renew the fire safety inspector certificate, the individual shall complete continuing education, in accordance with rule 4765-20-16 of the Administrative Code, for a reduced amount of hours according to the length of the certification cycle.

(E) A fire safety inspector certificate issued to an individual who also holds a current EMS provider certificate to practice, but does not hold a firefighter certificate, shall expire on the same date as the EMS provider's certificate to practice. In order to be eligible to renew the fire safety inspector certificate, the individual shall complete continuing education, in accordance with rule 4765-20-16 of the Administrative Code, for the following reduced hours and certification cycle:

(1) Twelve months or less, no continuing education is required;

(2) More than twelve months but less than twenty-four months, ten hours of continuing education is required;

(3) Twenty-four months but less than thirty-six months, twenty hours of continuing education is required;

(4) Thirty-six months or more, thirty hours of continuing education is required.

(F) A fire instructor or fire safety inspector instructor certificate shall expire on the same date as the individual's firefighter certification, or fire safety inspector certificate if the individual does not hold a current firefighter certificate. In order to be eligible to renew the instructor certificate, the individual shall complete continuing education, in accordance with rule 4765-21-04 of the Administrative Code, for the following reduced hours and certification cycle:

(1) Twelve months or less, no continuing education or instruction of a fire service training or continuing education program is required

(2) More than twelve months but less than twenty-four months, two hours of continuing education and eight hours of instruction of a fire service training or continuing education program is required;

(3) Twenty-four months but less than thirty-six months, four hours of continuing education and sixteen hours of instruction of a fire service training or continuing education program is required;

(4) Thirty-six months or more, six hours of continuing education and twenty-four hours of instruction of a fire service training or continuing education program is required.

(G) An assistant fire instructor certificate shall expire on the same date as the individual's firefighter certification. In order to be eligible to renew the assistant fire instructor certificate, the individual shall complete continuing education, in accordance with rule 4765-21-04 of the Administrative Code, for the following reduced hours and certification cycle:

(1) Twelve months or less, no continuing education or instruction of a fire service training or continuing education program is required;

(2) More than twelve months but less than twenty-four months, two hours of continuing education and two hours of instruction of a fire service training or continuing education program is required;

(3) Twenty-four months but less than thirty-six months, three hours of continuing education and four hours of instruction of a fire service training or continuing education program is required;

(4) Thirty-six months or more, six hours of continuing education and eight hours of instruction of a fire service training or continuing education program is required.

(H) Once a mutual expiration date is established for all EMS and fire certificates, all certificates will be issued a three-year certification cycle and shall expire on the individual's date of birth in the third year.

(I) Once a mutual expiration date is established for all EMS and fire certificates, the expiration date will not be changed and any newly obtained certificate will be assigned the current expiration date in accordance with this rule and a shortened certification cycle for the newly issued certificate.

Effective: 04/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/16/2014 and 01/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 1/1/11

4765-20-23 [Rescinded] Merging of fire service and fire instructor certificates with EMS certificates.

Effective: 04/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/16/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 1/1/11