The Process


Individuals seeking the FM designation will submit a portfolio consisting of seven components:

  1. Personal, employment and department demographic information.
  2. Letters of reference.
  3. Professional Development
    1. Education (formal degrees)
    2. Certifications
    3. Training/Courses
    4. Development Goals
  4. Professional Contributions and Recognition
  5. Professional Memberships, Affiliations and Community Involvement
  6. Technical Competencies
    1. This section looks at 17 proficiency areas in 6 categories and outlines the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for each one.
      1. Categories of Technical Competence include:
        1. Strategic Planning
        2. Administration
        3. Human Resources
        4. Fire Prevention
        5. Training
        6. Operations
    2. Fire Marshals and Fire Prevention Officers with a certain level of experience and education may meet eligibility requirements which exempt them from completing the Technical Competency component of the application.
  7. Certification Statement

There are two levels of eligibility requirements. Those candidates exhibiting extensive experience and educational background may meet the eligibility requirements to exempt them from having to complete the Technical Competency portion of the application.

Code of Professional Conduct

Participants in the Designation program are required to comply with the Code of Professional Conduct and the administration thereof. Non-compliance may be cause for termination from the program or revocation of the designation.


Peer Review:

Portfolios submitted for the FM designation are reviewed by a team of peers. The peer review process includes:

  • Reviewing the application.
  • Determining whether or not an individual seeking the designation has met all program criteria and requirements.
  • Conducting an oral interview with the candidate.
  • Research and verify statements made on the application.
  • Make recommendations to the Commission on Professional Credentialing concerning the candidate’s eligibility for the FM designation.


The Commission on Professional Credentialing is the conferring body for the FM designation.

Time Line:

The peer review process takes 30-45 days to complete. The Commission meets every 60-90 days to act on designation applications.

To Apply:

Click here to download a copy of the latest version of the FM designation candidate application.

Maintaining the FM Designation:

The Designation is valid for three (3) years. The application to renew the designation is based on four (4) components:

  1. Professional Development
  2. Professional Contributions/Recognition
  3. Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  4. Community Involvement