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ProBoard Reviewers Will be Onsite Early Summer
David Schliek, Chairman, Minnesota Fire Service Certification Board

The time has come for the Minnesota Fire Service Certification Board (MFSCB) to again go through an accreditation review of policies, procedures, and practices. As many of you are aware, this review happens every five years. Site team reviewers from the ProBoard will be on site early summer to review the attributes of Minnesota’s certification program. This visit will be the third review that has been conducted since the MFSCB association with the ProBoard began. The MFSCB has been ProBoard accredited since 2008. The MFSCB is one of only 73 entities worldwide to attain this level of recognition.

As is evident on your Certification certificate, the MFSCB also holds an accreditation from IFSAC (International Fire Service Accreditation Congress), which also conducts entity reviews every five years. The MFSCB received its seventh verification of its program from IFSAC last year. The IFSAC and ProBoard accreditations are significant, as they provide two separate independent reviews of the program. ProBoard and IFSAC certification accreditation are only awarded to one entity per state.  Although the intent of these periodic reviews is to ensure administration of examinations is consistent throughout the state, consistency is and was the major reason for the MFSCB having pursued both accreditations.

These reviews serve as a valuable service for the MFSCB. With an over-arching goal of reviews being assurance of consistent exam guidelines relating to professional qualification standards, each team of reviewers focus on different portions of the program. Typically, IFSAC places an emphasis on testing side of the program in that the entire standard is covered by some type of testing instrument and that all portions of the standard are available to each candidate participating. The ProBoard puts importance on examination policies and procedures, accessibility.

The MFSCB has always felt consistency was imperative to program success. Success of the program has been witnessed over the course of many years with data showing a growing number of certified firefighters throughout Minnesota.

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