Lawriter - OAC - 4765-20-11 Firefighter continuing education.

4765-20-11 Firefighter continuing education.

(A) An applicant who wishes to renew a firefighter certificate shall have completed fifty- four hours of continuing education within the current three-year certification cycle 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;

(B) An applicant who is participating in a firefighter training course to attain a higher level of firefighter certification may count the hours toward the requirements in paragraph (A) of this rule.

(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 training 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) Routine duties to include but not limited to responding to emergencies, performing station duties and vehicle maintenance, conducting fire safety inspections, participating in civic events, and other daily or weekly job duties shall not be credited toward firefighter continuing education.

(E) No applicant shall receive credit for more than twelve hours of continuing education training in any one calendar day.

(F) No applicant shall receive continuing education credit for the identical online training class, taken more than once per calendar year.

(G) Extension of time to complete firefighter continuing education shall be permitted as set forth in rule 4765-20-13 of the Administrative Code.

(H) Credit for continuing education received during the period of an extension, up to and including the date the renewal application is submitted, shall not be used as credit for continuing education in the subsequent certification cycle.

(I) The holder of a firefighter certificate shall maintain records of continuing education required by this rule for the current and previous certification cycles.

(1) Such records shall include the course title, date, hours claimed, and who provided the training.

(2) Upon request, documentation shall be provided to the division within the time parameters set forth by the executive director.

(J) For the purpose of continuing education approval, fire chief means a certified firefighter who has been designated as the head of a fire department or private firefighting brigade.

(K) Military provisions related to firefighter continuing education:

(1) The division shall consider relevant education, training, or service completed by the certificate holder as a member of the armed forces in determining whether the certificate holder has fulfilled required continuing education.

(2) In accordance with section 5903.12 of the Revised Code and this chapter of the Administrative Code, a certificate holder who has served on active duty during the current or prior certification cycle may request an extension of time to complete the current continuing education as set forth in rule 4765-20-13 of the Administrative Code.

(3) All provisions of paragraph (K) of this rule shall apply to any certificate holder who is the spouse of a person who has served on active duty when that service resulted in the certificate holder's absence from this state.

(L) 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 4765-20-16 of the Administrative Code.

Replaces: Replaces 4765-20-13 and part of 4765-24-03

Effective: 1/1/2018
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 10/01/2022
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.55
Rule Amplifies: 4765.55
Prior Effective Dates: 05/01/1975, 06/30/1975, 01/01/1989, 07/03/1997, 09/25/2000, 12/09/2005, 01/24/2008, 04/07/2014