FAQs

Accreditation/Reaccreditation

What is the process for accreditation/reaccreditation?
Prior to making application for Pro Board accreditation, it is highly recommended that the applying agency review and understand the Pro Board Operational Procedures.  For additional questions regarding accreditation contact the Pro Board, at: 

Fred Piechota, Accreditation Manager
Email: fpiechota@theproboard.org
Phone: 413-267-5140
Address:   PO Box 205
    Monson, MA 01057

This Application for Accreditation or Re-Accreditation is completed as part of the documentation package for Pro Board accreditation or re-accreditation. The agency is to complete this document in its entirety, along with the other required documents (as listed below), and submit to the Pro Board Accreditation Manager.  

Utilize the following checklist to ensure you have provided the COA all the necessary documentation for review prior to submitting this application. Following the completion of the application process, the Pro Board will conduct a site visit. The completed package must be received by the Pro Board a minimum of 3 months before to the COA will conduct a site visit. Documentation that is incomplete will be returned to the agency for proper completion which could delay the site visit. 
What are the eligibility requirements?
An agency's eligibility for Pro Board accreditation must be discussed with the Pro Board Accreditation Manager prior to applying for initial accreditation. To review eligibility requirements, see Section I of the Pro Board Operational Procedures. Please contact ...

Extension of Accreditation

Change in Methodology

Glossary

Accreditation - Pro Board
The affirmation that an agency has successfully met the Pro Board’s criteria to certify fire service professionals
Accredited Agency 
An agency accredited by the Pro Board’s Committee on Accreditation to conduct certification assessments and grant certification to fire service professionals under the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) system
Advisory Committee – Pro Board 
A standing committee consisting of one representative from each Pro Board accredited agency that advises the Board of Directors, elects members to the designated seats on the Committee on Accreditation, and whose chairperson holds a voting seat on the Board of Directors of the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board)   

 

Advisory Committee or Board – Accredited Agency 
A group representing the various stakeholders affected by the certification system of an accredited agency formed to advise and provide oversight on the policies and procedures of the certification system
Assessment Methodology Matrix 
A form submitted to the Committee on Accreditation by an agency to demonstrate complete coverage of the standard or level and identify the test methodology used for certification.
Audit Team 
A person or persons qualified by an agency to evaluate portfolio or project processes for compliance with a standard or portion of a standard for the purpose of certification
Board of Directors  
The governing board of the not-for-profit National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board)
Certification (by an Accredited Agency) 
An affirmation that a candidate has successfully met the requirements of a standard or level of a standard through a valid and reliable assessment as approved by the Pro Board
Committee on Accreditation (COA) 
A body of elected and appointed fire service professionals empowered by the Board of Directors to review applications for accreditation, conduct agency site visits, rule on applications from agencies, and recommend policies and procedures for the administration of the Pro Board   
Cut Score
The pass/fail point on a test or other candidate assessment
Delegated Agency
A non-accredited agency that is authorized to conduct certification on behalf of an accredited agency and operates under the guidance and authority of that accredited agency
Delegation of Authority
The process by which an accredited agency authorizes another non-accredited agency, as approved by the Pro Board, to conduct certification on behalf of that accredited agency
Evaluator and Evaluation Team (Skills, Project, Portfolio) 
A person or persons who assess candidates’ performance on skills tests, project submissions, or portfolio submissions for the purpose of certification
Extension of Accreditation
The required process by which an agency that is already accredited by the Pro Board for certain levels of certification adds other levels of certification and/or adds a new assessment methodology for which the agency was not previously accredited
National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board)  
A not-for-profit corporation formed to continue the National Professional Qualifications System for accreditation of agencies that certify fire service personnel to professional qualification standards
National Professional Qualification System 
The system initiated in 1972 by the Joint Council of Fire Service Organizations to develop professional qualification standards and form an accreditation system for organizations that certify fire service personnel to those standards.  In 1990, the standards development function was assumed by NFPA, and the accreditation of agencies was assumed by the newly formed National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board). 
Pro Board 
A term frequently used to refer to the original National Professional Qualification System and subsequently, the National Board on Fire Services Professional Qualifications system of accredited certification for fire service professionals
Portfolio 
An assessment methodology in which a candidate submits documentation that affirms education, training, and/or experience that validates performance to a standard or part of a standard for the purpose of certification            
Project 
An assessment methodology in which candidates are provided scenarios or background data that provide a framework for the candidates’ perspective about the issues to which the candidates are instructed to prepare and submit a response that is used to assess the candidates’ performance to a standard or part of a standard for the purpose of certification            
Standard-to-Test Correlation Matrix 
See Assessment Methodology Matrix 
Test Analysis 
The use of statistical data to assess and improve the validity and/or reliability of a certification test or assessment   
Test Bank (Cognitive) 
A set of test items that can be used to create test instruments (subsets) to assess the cognitive domain of a standard or part of a standard for the purpose of certification
Test Instrument (Cognitive) 
A subset of test items from a test bank selected to sufficiently assess an individual’s knowledge of a standard or part of a standard for the purpose of certification (a written exam)
Test Item (Cognitive) 
A single question used to assess a candidate’s knowledge of a particular job performance requirement, requisite knowledge, or objective of a standard for the purpose of certification (one written exam question)
Test Item (Psychomotor) 
A single skill evaluation and/or skill evaluation checklist used to assess a candidate’s ability to perform a particular job performance requirement, requisite skill, or objective of a standard for the purpose of certification. 
Test Methodology 
The process or method (cognitive, manipulative, portfolio, project, or other) used to evaluate a candidate’s performance to a standard, job performance requirement, requisite knowledge, requisite skill, or objective for the purpose of certification