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Do I need to go through another academy?

Hi my name is Shaun. I just recently got out of the Military as a Firefighter. There I was certified as a FF II, along with many other certifications. My question is to anyone who has come from the Military trying to get California State Firefighter certification. Is there a way to get certified by California without having to go through another academy? There must be a way, I can?t be the only one that has faced this problem. If worse come to worse I will go though another fire academy, though I think that my time would be better spent on things that I haven?t already accomplished. If you have any comments or advise please send them my way. Thanks for your time.


I am sorry to say that California has no reciprocity with any other state or federal certifications.

However, the good news is that some fire chiefs recognize your hard work and will hire you based on your federal certifications. We have two former federal firefighters in our organization.

best of luck

Capt Sprink