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RULE §439.3Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, have the following definitions unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

  (1) Certificate of Completion--A statement by the provider of training certifying that an individual has successfully completed a commission-approved certification curriculum or phase program for a particular discipline, including having been evaluated by field examiners on performance skills identified by the commission. The certificate of completion qualifies an individual to take an original certification examination. The certificate expires two years from the date of completion. If an individual does not take the certification examination prior to the expiration of the certificate of completion, he or she must again complete the curriculum in order to obtain a new certificate of completion.

  (2) Curriculum--The competencies established by the commission as a minimum requirement for certification in a particular discipline.

  (3) Designee--An entity or individual approved by commission staff to administer commission certification examinations and/or performance skills in accordance with this chapter.

  (4) Eligibility--A determination of whether or not an individual has met the requirements set by the commission and would therefore be allowed to take a commission examination.

  (5) Endorsement of eligibility--A statement testifying to the fact that an individual has met all requirements specified by the commission and is qualified to take a commission examination. An endorsement of eligibility will be issued by a member of the commission staff.

  (6) Examination--A state test which an examinee must pass as one of the requirements for certification.

  (7) Examinee--An individual who has met the commission requirements and therefore qualifies to take the commission examination.

  (8) Field examiner--An individual authorized to evaluate performance skills in commission approved curricula. The field examiner must possess a Fire Instructor Certification or other instructor qualification as allowed by §427.307(h) and (i) of this title (relating to On-Site and Distance Training Provider Staff Requirements) for Wildland courses only, complete the on-line commission field examiner course, and sign an agreement to comply with the commission's testing procedures. The field examiner must be approved by the commission to instruct all subject areas identified in the curriculum that he or she will be evaluating. The field examiner must repeat the examiner course every two years and submit a new Letter of Intent.

  (9) Lead Examiner--A member of the commission staff or a designee who has been assigned by the commission to administer a commission examination.

  (10) Letter of Intent--A statement, signed by an individual applying to the commission for field examiner status, that he or she is familiar with the commission's examination procedures, and agrees to abide by the policies and guidelines as set out in Chapter 439 of this title (relating to Examinations for Certification).

  (11) Sectional examination--A test that covers one section of a multiple section examination.

Source Note: The provisions of this §439.3 adopted to be effective March 27, 2006, 31 TexReg 2700; amended to be effective August 10, 2009, 34 TexReg 5413; amended to be effective May 20, 2014, 39 TexReg 3875; amended to be effective January 1, 2017, 41 TexReg 5765

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