Where can I find information on regional computer based (Pearson VUE) testing facilities?

The following information is available from the OSFM and posted on PSE website:

On June 1st, 2018, twenty-five state written examinations will be available to be challenged through a new, computer based, testing process. As certification programs are revised to the updated NFPA Standards, more examinations will become available.

  • Examinations Available:

  • Basic Operations Firefighter Complete, Mod A, Mod B and Mod C

  • Advanced Technician Firefighter Complete, Mod A, Mod B

  • Company Fire Officer, Advanced Fire Officer

  • Airport Firefighter, Fire Investigator

  • Fire Apparatus Engineer, Fire Service Vehicle Operator

  • Hazardous Materials Operations and Technician

  • Instructor I, II and III

  • Public Fire Life Safety Educator I, Fire Inspector II, Youth Firesetter

  • Rope Operations and Technician

  • Trench Operations and Technician

Registration for computer based exams will begin June 1 with exam offerings at Pearson VUE test centers located throughout the state. Paper-and-pencil testing will continue to be offered initially but will eventually be phased out within 3 years. More detailed information regarding this process will be released at a later date.

A Request for Examination must be submitted to the DPSE to approve the individual to challenge an examination. This process will not change. Once the individual is approved by DPSE, Pearson Vue is notified. The individual will then be able to schedule the test at a Pearson Vue site. Individuals will be able to choose a specific date and time to schedule their exam. Web scheduling will be available for candidates 24/7. Email confirmations will be sent to candidates when they schedule, cancel, or reschedule an exam. Pearson Vue website address is https://home.pearsonvue.com

OSFM will pay 100% of the exam fee for a candidate's first scheduled test attempt at a Pearson VUE test center (includes pass, fail, and no-show). All exam retakes at a Pearson VUE test center will be $59, payable by the candidate or fire department, as applicable. Exam scores will be presented to candidates immediately following the exam.

Two (2) forms of identification are required at the testing center. One government issued, photo- and signature-bearing ID (passport, driver's license, etc.) and one alternate ID (for example, a credit card)

Individuals are provided with one exam authorization. Individuals must be reauthorized for each exam retake attempt by OSFM in the event that they fail the exam (this is the current Request for Exam process.) Individuals may cancel or reschedule their exam no later than 24 hours before their reservation date and time or else they will forfeit their test fee.

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1. What classes offered at NIPSTA lead to Illinois OSFM certification?
2. Are Illinois OSFM examinations included at the end of NIPSTA courses?
3. As a Regional Test Site, does NIPSTA have a calendar of dates for exams?
4. Where can I find information on regional computer based (Pearson VUE) testing facilities?
5. Where can I find the prerequisites for the OSFM certifications?
6. I have completed a course and passed the Illinois OSFM exam, why does it say that my practical is not complete?
7. I have Hazardous Materials Technician A certification, what must I do before June 30, 2019 to remain a "Hazardous Materials Technician"?