Mechanics Certification

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS:

State Fire Training has been issuing and using Training Numbers in place of social security numbers for several years. The CFMA has decided to move in the same direction. In order to facilitate this transition we are asking all students to click "Obtain Your State Fire ID" to create an account on the state fire training website.

Obtain Your State Fire ID

SFT ID Number

State Fire Training (SFT) has been using and issuing SFT ID numbers since 2010. The SFT ID number is an 8-digit number with a hyphen in the middle (ex. 1234-5678) and it takes the place of a person’s social security number. Every personnel account in the SFT User Portal has a unique ID number allowing SFT to synchronize a person’s SFT course and certification activity to their SFT account. On January 1, 2019 SFT discontinued the collection and use of a person’s social security number leaving the SFT ID number as the default ID number to be used in all course and certification activity. The information in the bulletin aims to address questions on how to locate an SFT ID number and how it is issued to new accounts.

Obtain a new SFT ID number
A unique SFT ID number is issued to every student the first time they attend an SFT course. Simply notify your instructor that you have never attended an SFT course and they will record you as a “new student” on the official course roster. Upon course completion, your new SFT ID number and user portal access instructions will be emailed to you.
Look up an existing SFT ID number
There are multiple ways to locate your SFT ID number:

  • Legacy Lookup: If you believe your social security number is on file with SFT then you may use the Legacy SFT ID Look Up tool. This webpage will ask for your name and last four of your SSN. If there is a match, the page will display your SFT ID number.
  • SFT User Portal: You may log into your SFT User Portal anytime and view your SFT ID. If you have never logged into the user portal and SFT has your email on file, then you may easily obtain your SFT ID from the SFT User Portal login webpage by clicking the Retrieve Your SFT ID link.
  • Course Diploma or Certification: Every SFT course completion diploma and certification issued after April 2017 has the SFT ID number located either underneath the name or in the bottom right corner.

Using your SFT ID Number
Your SFT ID number is important to ensure that your course and certification activity is correctly imported into your SFT user account. Anytime you attend an SFT course be prepared to provide your instructor with your SFT ID number. Additionally, most applications for certification will request that you list your SFT ID number on the application form which again assists in reducing delays in processing.
Please submit any questions on this bulletin to SFT.Acadisonline@fire.ca.gov.

Fire Mechanic I

Fire Mechanic I is the first of three levels of certification in the career path leading to Fire Mechanic III/Master Mechanic. Fire Mechanic I certification identifies the skills and knowledge necessary for the fire apparatus mechanic. This certification recognizes the high level of expertise needed to properly maintain one of the fire service's most valuable resources -- fire apparatus.

Educational Requirements

1. Fire Pumps and Accessories

  • 2. National Institute for Auto Service Excellence (ASE) for: Gasoline Engines (T1)
  • Brakes (T4)
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems (T6)
  • Preventative Maintenance Inspections (T8)

Prerequisite:

None

Required Experience [1 of the following 2 options]:

Option 1: Have a minimum 2 years full-time, paid experience in a California fire department, public agency, or private industry as an automotive or truck mechanic, 1 year of which must be related to the maintenance of fire apparatus.

Option 2: Have a minimum 3 years full-time, paid experience in a California fire department, public agency, or private industry as a mechanic (no fire apparatus required).

Recertification

The Fire Mechanic I recertification program is designed for personnel who hold or have held a valid Fire Mechanic I certificate within the last year. Successful completion of a minimum of thirty-six (36) hours of California Fire Mechanics Academy approved continuing education is required every five (5) years to maintain OSFM Fire Mechanic I certification. Certificate may be expired for no more than one (1) year.

Recertification applicants must provide current certificates from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for:

  • Gasoline Engines (T1)
  • Brakes (T4)
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems (T6)
  • Preventative Maintenance Inspections (T8)

Fire Mechanic II

Fire Mechanic II is the second of three levels of certification in the career path leading to Fire Mechanic III/Master Mechanic. Fire Mechanic II certification identifies the advanced skills and knowledge necessary for the contemporary fire apparatus mechanic. This certification addresses the level of expertise needed to properly maintain the new and complex fire apparatus in service today. This level of certification utilizes upper-level curriculum that establishes some lower-level courses as prerequisites. Although these courses are open to all individuals who meet the academic prerequisites, Fire Mechanic II certification is only available to those certified as Fire Mechanic I.

Educational Requirements:

1. Fire Mechanic 2A: Fire Apparatus Electrical Systems

        This course has a prerequisite class: FM-109 Basic Electrical Systems

Students with a thorough knowledge of Electrical Systems may attempt to test out of the prerequisite by taking the Electrical Challenge Test. This test is offered four times a year:

  • At the South Section CFM Association meeting in May
  • At the North Section CFM Association meeting in June
  • At the CFMA Fall Academy in October/November
  • At the North Section CFM Association meeting in December

A student may only attempt the Electrical Challenge Test once. 80% or better score required to pass and enroll directly into Fire Mechanic 2A: Fire Apparatus Electrical Systems

2. Fire Mechanic 2B: Allison Transmissions

3. National Institute for Auto Service Excellence (ASE) for:

  • Diesel Engines (T2)
  • Drive Train (T3)
  • Suspension and Steering (T5)

Prerequisite:

Current OSFM certified Fire Mechanic I.

Required Experience:

Have a minimum 4 years full-time, paid experience in a California fire department, public agency, or private industry as an automotive or truck mechanic, 3 years of which must be related to the maintenance of fire apparatus.

Recertification

The Fire Mechanic II recertification program is designed for personnel who hold or have held a valid Fire Mechanic II certificate within the last year. Successful completion of a minimum of thirty-six (36) hours of California Fire Mechanics Academy approved continuing education is required every five (5) years to maintain OSFM Fire Mechanic II certification. Certificate may be expired for no more than one (1) year.

Recertification applicants must provide current certificates from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for:

  • Diesel Engines (T2)
  • Drive Train (T3
  • Suspension and Steering (T5)

Fire Mechanic III

Fire Mechanic III/Master Mechanic is the final level in the Fire Mechanic certification track. Fire Mechanic III/Master Mechanic identifies the advanced skills and knowledge necessary for specialized emergency vehicle fleet repair and program management. This certification addresses the latest level of expertise needed to properly maintain the new and complex fire apparatus in service today.

This level of certification utilizes upper-level curriculum that establishes some lower-level courses as prerequisites. Although these courses are open to all individuals who meet the academic prerequisites, Fire Mechanic III/Master Mechanic certification is only available to those certified as Fire Mechanic II.

Educational Requirements

1. Fire Management 1: Management/Supervision for the Company Officer

2. Fire Mechanic 3A: Ambulance Service and Maintenance

3. Fire Mechanic 3B: Aerial Apparatus (formerly Fire Mechanic 2C)

4. National Institute for Auto Service Excellence (ASE) for Gasoline Engines (T1) or Diesel Engines (T2)

  • Drive Train (T3)
  • Brakes (T4)
  • Suspension and Steering (T5)
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems (T6)
  • Preventative Maintenance Inspection (T8)

Prerequisite:

Current OSFM Certified Fire Mechanic II

Required Experience:

Have a minimum 4 years full-time, paid experience in a California fire department, public agency, or private industry as an automotive or truck mechanic, 3 years of which must be related to the maintenance of fire apparatus.

Recertification

The Fire Mechanic III/Master Mechanic recertification program is designed for personnel who hold or have held a valid Fire Mechanic III/Master Mechanic certificate. Successful completion of a minimum of thirty-six (36) hours of California Mechanics Academy approved continuing education is required every five (5) years to maintain OSFM Fire Mechanic III/Master Mechanic certification. Certificate may be expired for no more than one (1) year.

Recertification applicants must provide current certificates from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for:

  • Gasoline Engines (T1) or Diesel Engines (T2)
  • Drive Train (T3)
  • Brakes (T4)
  • Suspension and Steering (T5)
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems (T6)
  • Preventative Maintenance Inspection (T8)