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Challenging NFPA 1081

NOTE: The OFC's NFPA 1081 challenge will be offered once again as of September 1, 2015. Only fire departments and approved training providers may apply to host 1081 challenge exams/evaluations.

The Office of the Fire Commissioner will allow the challenge of 1081 Incipient, Advanced Exterior and Interior Structural under the following conditions:

  • Both the written exam and the skills evaluation must be completed for each desired level.
  • Applications must be submitted by a host department or an approved educational facility. Applications from individuals will not be accepted.
  • Candidates must have successfully completed 1001 Levels I and II and submit proof (photocopies of certificates, copies of official transcripts) to the OFC with the application.
  • Testing procedures and requirements will be the same as those for all other testing for certification by the OFC.  The required form and instructions will be available on the OFC website.
  • Each application to challenge must include at least four candidates, as the skills evaluation will require candidates to operate in teams. The OFC will not be responsible for the coordination of this and recommends that individual fire departments work collaboratively to organize combined testing sessions for interested members.
  • The testing site must be on the OFC’s list of approved sites for 1081 evaluations.

Step 1    Ensure you have the necessary equipment (including PPC/PPE that meets the applicable standards) and an approved testing site.

Step 2    Ensure your candidates (minimum of four per application) have NFPA 1001 Levels 1 and 2 (includes 472 Awareness and First Aid). Check if they have any special requirements for testing. All special testing accommodations must be approved by the OFC prior to testing by submitting an Application for Testing Accommodations form with your training application.

Step 3    Arrange for a proctor and a qualified evaluator (see Instructor, Proctor and Evaluator Requirements).

Step 4    Set dates for the exam and skills evaluation.

Step 5    Complete an Application to Challenge NFPA 1081 form and submit it to the OFC for approval along with official transcripts/certificates for each of the candidates.

Testing Host Responsibilities

The host organization is responsible for the safety and well-being of the candidates and staff during evaluations. The host organization will conduct the testing according to accepted practices, including NFPA 1403 Live Fire Training Standard and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) regulations, and in compliance of local regulations, municipal bylaws, and provincial and/or federal legislation.

Changes to your Training/Testing

If you need to make changes to your training/testing (e.g., reschedule or postpone your testing, change the number of students, change the evaluator or proctor), please complete and submit an Exam/Evaluation Change Request form. Notifications of rescheduling must be received by the OFC before the original testing date and at least fifteen (15) business days prior to the proposed new testing date(s). 


If you need to cancel your testing, contact the OFC as soon as possible. If you have not administered the exams and you return the testing package to the OFC, there will be no charge.


  • Date modified: 2016-04-07