How do I become a firefighter?
Georgia’s firefighter certification process is regulated by the Georgia Fire Standards and Training Council (GFSTC). Candidates interested in pursuing a career as a certified firefighter may enroll in the Georgia Public Safety Training Center’s (GPSTC) Basic Firefighter Training Course prior to making application with GFSTC if they meet the following minimum requirements: are at least 18 years old, have completed a medical release affidavit, have completed CPR certification, and have completed NIMS level 100 and 700 training, available on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) website.
GPSTC’s Basic Firefighter Training is an intense program that will test candidates, both mentally and physically. The program consists of 340 training hours, takes eight weeks to complete, and is conducted at GPSTC’s main campus in Forsyth. Upon completion of GPSTC’s Basic Firefighter Training Program, students will sit for the GFSTC written NPQ Firefighter I test, which, upon passing, earns students state certification as a firefighter. Students will also have the option of taking an additional skills test to earn National Firefighter I certification.
How can I get a transcript of the classes I’ve taken at GPSTC?
The Georgia Public Safety Training Center maintains records of every class you’ve taken at GPSTC. Additionally, all materials that you need for upcoming classes you are currently registered for are available as well. Simply sign into the GPSTC Access login page. If you have not yet set up your online account, choose “Setup Student Account.”
I need a certificate reprinted. How do I do that?
Many certificates for courses that you have completed will be located in your GPSTC Access page. Simply log on with your user ID and password to see which certificates you can access. If you do not see the certificate you are looking for, please contact the Office of the Registrar (478) 993-4458 for reprints. There is a fee for re-printing and mailing certificates.
The class I want to take is full and/or I’m on the waiting list. Can I try to walk on?
GPSTC makes every effort to accommodate your requests to attend training. If the class you’d like to take appears full, we encourage you to register for it anyway so that you can be placed on the waiting list. Often the instructor can add additional students from the waiting list.
If you have not received confirmation of acceptance into the course at least 48 hours prior to the course beginning and you decide to try to walk on, we cannot guarantee that you will be placed in the class.
How do I sign up for an Arson Investigation class?
For a variety of reasons, GPSTC’s Arson Investigation Levels 1 and 2 are offered through the Georgia Police Academy Division. Firefighters are encouraged to attend, and to sign up, simply view the dates the Level 1 course is offered and follow the registration process in the course description.