Hazardous Materials

Hazardous Materials Course Test Information
  • Awareness: Written Challenge Test - May 5, 2012
  • Operations: Written and Practical Challenge Test - May 5, 2012
  • Technician: Written and Practical Challenge Test - Not Scheduled
This is the written and practical challenge test for the Pennsylvania Voluntary Certification Program accredited by the National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications (NPQS) and the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). Successful completion of a certification level permits you to apply to the National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications for national certification and registry.

Awareness Written Test
The Hazardous Materials Awareness written test is 100 multiple choice questions based on the NFPA 472 Standard for Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents, 2007 Edition. The passing grade for the written test is 70%. There is no hands-on skills testing at the Awareness Level.

Operations & Technician Written Test
The Hazardous Materials Operations and Technician written test is 100 multiple choice questions based on the NFPA 472 Standard for Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents, 2007 Edition. The passing grade for the written test is 70%.

Operations Practical Skills
Hazardous Materials Operation will have six skill stations that must all be successfully passed. Hazardous Material Technician will have seven skill stations that must all be passed. You must successfully complete both the written and practical tests to be certified.

Materials
Download candidate handbooks, applications, and skill sheets from the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy (PSFA) website. Candidates can also obtain the appropriate candidate handbook and application from Herbert D. Adams, Montgomery County Fire Academy coordinator, at 610-278-3500.

Applications
All applications, when totally completed and all necessary documents are attached, should be submitted (do not fax) by the registration spring deadline of April 15, 2011, and the fall deadline of August 31, 2011, to:
Montgomery County Fire Academy
Attn: Herbert D. Adams
1175 Conshohocken Road
Conshohocken, PA 19428

Additional Class Info
  • Student equipment / supplies needed: Written test - Bring #2 pencils; practical test - F.T.O.G. and S.C.B.A.
  • Manual: Please refer to Candidate Handbook on the PSFA website
  • Pre-requisite: As noted in the application for each level
  • Class size limit: Awareness - 30 students; Operations - 30 students; Technician - 20 students
  • Certificate(s) issued: Office of the State Fire Commissioner Certificate with a National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications state number and an International Fire Service Accreditation Congress national number; the applicant will also receive a form to apply for certification and registry with the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications
  • Cost: Operations $75; Technician $75