Illinois Fire Service Institute


Instructor-I Challenge Exam - Skills Assessment : 10.00 Hours

Course Description

The Challenge Exam for the NFPA Fire and Emergency Services Instructor is designed to give trained responders the opportunity to obtain national certification. Evaluations, including a written exam and multiple skill stations, will be conducted over one day. Upon successful completion of this objective process, national certification is awarded to the candidate, and the candidate’s name will be entered in the ProBoard registry.

Written Test: There is a 50-question written exam.  Candidates are given one attempt. Additional attempts at the written exam can be scheduled at a regional test site at a later date.  There will be an additional fee for written exam retakes.

Skills Testing: Seven skills are evaluated.  Skills are referenced to NFPA 1041 JPRs.  Candidates are given two attempts at each skill.

Skill Sheets: Performance Evaluation Checklists can be viewed here.

Reading Reference Texts: 

  • Written tests are referenced to
    • NFPA 1041 – Fire and Emergency Services Instructor Professional Qualifications, 2012 Ed. 
    • Fire Service Instructor, Principles and Practices, 2nd Edition, © 2014, Jones and Bartlett.
    • Knowledge and skills objectives to study can be viewed here.

This course is part of the following Programs

  • fire instructor i
  • instructor


IFSI prerequisites are based on Illinois and NFPA standards. Equivalencies from other agencies will be reviewed upon request.

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