Reciprocity

Kentucky firefighters with out-of-state certifications that carry IFSAC or ProBoard accreditation may request to have those certifications recognized in Kentucky through reciprocity. We consider accepting certificates that include a seal of accreditation by IFSAC or NPQB, no matter what state, province or country issues the certification.

Kentucky does NOT convert out-of-state certificates to Kentucky certificates, nor are ProBoard certificates converted to IFSAC certificates and vice-versa.

 

Reciprocity means that we will consider, on a case-by-case basis, certifications outside our state for the following purposes:

  1. To allow a Kentucky firefighter to seek additional certifications by using the out-of-state certificate as a pre-requisite to obtain such, and
  2. To assist a Kentucky firefighter with meeting statutory requirements to assist a volunteer fire department to qualify for state-aid or a career firefighter to qualify for incentive pay. Additional requirements that shall be met include Kentucky required courses in Survival, Rescue, Wildland, and Flashover Recognition. For any additional questions please contact Fire Commission Director of Operations Jeremy Rodgers at 859-256-3180 or jeremy.rodgers@kctcs.edu.
  • 150 – equivalency is Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2, and Kentucky required Survival, Rescue, Wildland, and Flashover
  • 400 – equivalency is Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2, Driver Operator Pumper, and Kentucky required Survival, Rescue, Wildland, and Flashover

To acquire reciprocity for one or more out-of-state accredited certifications, an Application for Accredited Certification Reciprocity must be filed and submitted to IFSACAccreditedCertification@kctcs.edu.

Kentucky DOES NOT recognize “Grandfathered” or “Implied” certifications.

Click here to apply for reciprocity