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RULE §439.1Requirements--General

(a) The administration of examinations for certification, including performance skill evaluations, shall be conducted in compliance with commission rules and; as applicable, with:

  (1) International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) regulations; or

  (2) National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) regulations for examinations administered by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service. Only Pro Board examinations administered by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service will be accepted by the commission for certification. In order for a Pro Board document to be accepted for certification, it must:

    (A) List the commission issued course approval number for which the examination was conducted;

    (B) Indicate that the examination was conducted in English; and

    (C) List any special accommodations provided to the examinee. The commission may not issue a certificate for an examination conducted under special accommodations other than those specified in §439.13 of this title (relating to Special Accommodations for Testing).

(b) It is incumbent upon commission staff, committee members, training officers and field examiners to maintain the integrity of the state certification examination process (or portion thereof) for which they are responsible.

(c) The commission shall reserve the authority to conduct an annual review of Pro Board examinations, procedures, test banks, and facilities utilized by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service. The commission may also conduct a review at any time for cause and as deemed necessary to ensure the integrity of the certification examination process.

(d) Exams will be based on the job performance requirements and knowledge and skill components of the applicable NFPA standard for that discipline, if a standard exists and has been adopted by the commission. If a standard does not exist or has not been adopted by the commission, the exam will be based on curricula as currently adopted in the commission's Certification Curriculum Manual.

(e) Commission examinations that receive a passing grade shall expire two years from the date of the examination.

(f) An examination for Basic Structure Fire Protection shall consist of four sections: Fire Fighter I, Fire Fighter II, Hazardous Materials Awareness Level, and Hazardous Materials Operations Level including the Mission-Specific Competencies for Personal Protective Equipment and Product Control. The examinee must pass each section of the examination with a minimum score of 70% in order to qualify for certification.

(g) An examination for Basic Fire Inspector shall consist of two sections: Inspector I, and Inspector II. The examinee must pass each section of the examination with a minimum score of 70% in order to qualify for certification.

(h) An examination for Basic Structure Fire Protection and Intermediate Wildland Fire Protection shall consist of five sections: Fire Fighter I, Fire Fighter II, First Responder Awareness, First Responder Operations, and Intermediate Wildland Fire Protection. The examinee must pass each section of the examination with a minimum score of 70% in order to qualify for certification.

(i) All other state examinations consist of only one section.

(j) The individual who fails to pass a commission examination for state certification will be given one additional opportunity to pass the examination or section(s) thereof. This opportunity must be exercised within 180 days after the date of the first failure. An examinee who fails to pass the examination within the required time may not sit for the same examination again until the examinee has re-qualified by repeating the curriculum applicable to that examination.

(k) An individual may obtain a new certificate in a discipline which was previously held by passing a commission proficiency examination.

(l) If an individual who has never held certification in a discipline defined in §421.5 of this title (relating to Definitions), seeks certification in that discipline, the individual shall complete all certification requirements.

(m) If an individual completes a commission approved training program, or a program that has been evaluated and deemed equivalent to a certification curriculum approved by the commission, such as an out-of-state or military training program or a training program administered by the State Firemen's and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas, the individual may use only one of the following examination processes for certification:

  (1) pass a commission examination; or

  (2) submit documentation of the successful completion of the Pro Board examination process administered by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service; and

  (3) meet any other certification requirements in order to become eligible for certification as fire protection personnel.

  (4) An individual cannot use a combination of the two examination processes in this subsection from a single commission approved class for certification. An individual who chooses to submit to the commission examination process may not utilize the other process toward certification.

(n) An individual or entity may petition the commission for a waiver of the examination required by this section if the person's certificate expired because of the individual's or employing entity's good faith clerical error or expired as a result of termination of the person's employment where the person has been restored to employment through a disciplinary procedure or a court action. All required renewal fees including applicable late fees and all required continuing education must be submitted before the waiver request may be considered.

  (1) Applicants claiming good faith clerical error must submit a sworn statement together with any supporting documentation that evidences the applicant's good faith efforts to comply with commission renewal requirements and that failure to comply was due to circumstances beyond the control of the applicant.

  (2) Applicants claiming restoration to employment as a result of a disciplinary or court action must submit a certified copy of the order, ruling or agreement restoring the applicant to employment.

Source Note: The provisions of this §439.1 adopted to be effective March 27, 2006, 31 TexReg 2700; amended to be effective December 3, 2006, 31 TexReg 9619; amended to be effective August 10, 2009, 34 TexReg 5413; amended to be effective August 20, 2012, 37 TexReg 6315; amended to be effective August 5, 2013, 38 TexReg 4908; amended to be effective March 2, 2014, 39 TexReg 1170; amended to be effective January 1, 2017, 41 TexReg 5765; amended to be effective February 28, 2019, 44 TexReg 868

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