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Competency Recognition

This program defines competencies, provides education, and recognizes commitment and scope of practice among Oregon fire and life safety professionals. 

The competency recognition program focuses on fire and life safety training and technical certifications. These certifications include Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) fire inspector task books, based on the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 1031 Professional Standards for Fire Inspectors, and International Code Council (ICC) certifications. 

Four competency recognition levels are available for fire service personnel responsible for enforcing the Oregon Fire Code. 

  • Level 1: Company Inspector – performs basic fire safety inspections in groups B and M occupancies with no high-piled or rack storage, R1/R2 occupancies with 15 or fewer rooms, and mini self-storage occupancies
  • Level 2: Oregon Fire Inspector 1 – performs basic fire safety inspections in all types of occupancies
  • Level 3: Oregon Fire Inspector 2 – performs fire safety inspections with moderate technical challenges
  • Level 4: Oregon Fire Marshal – performs fire safety inspections with advanced technical challenges and administers a fire prevention program

Oregon Administrative Rule Chapter 837.039.0016 establishes standardized certification and training requirements for fire officials who administer and enforce the fire code. 

Please visit our professional development page for training opportunities.


Competency Recognition Manual
Competency Recognition Application 

Fire & Life Safety Services