Plan Development

Apprentice Training Plans

The minimum standards for apprentice training programs are established by the CFFJAC Board, and are based on State Board of Fire Services (SBFS) recommended training standards. These recommended training standards meet or exceed the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards for fire fighter and related occupations.  All apprentice training must be approved by the department's SubJAC. A copy of the approved curricula must be available for the first SubJAC meeting.

There are three types of training referred to in apprenticeship:

Academy Training

This term is familiar to the fire service and refers to that generalized block of knowledge and skill that is required before an individual can begin work in a specific occupation. Academy training is formal classroom or drill ground training.

Academy instruction will be the portion of the recommended training standards for a specified occupation as noted in the CFFJAC Rules and Regulations, or an equivalent curriculum. As an example, academy training for fire fighter apprentices encompasses the tasks contained in the SBFS Fire Fighter I and the lesson plans in the Fire Fighter I Instructor Guide. Departments that make substantial changes to the SBFS curriculum must submit a copy of those changes to the CFFJAC for approval.

Academy instruction is usually delivered in a single concentrated format for the number of hours required to cover the subject areas. If necessary, after consultation with CFFJAC staff, academy training may be delivered in more than one segment during the first year of apprenticeship. This training should be reported according to instructions in the CFFJAC Training Reporting System Handbook and may be reimbursable.

Related And Supplemental Instruction

This term is used by educators in the apprenticeship community to refer to the on-going formal training and supervised study that enhances and supplements basic knowledge and assists an apprentice in improving his/her skills in the occupation. This planned training is reported and may be reimbursed through the CFFJAC. Training conducted through a Community College may be considered for completion of apprentice training requirements but is NOT reimbursable by the CFFJAC. All such training must be coded according to the instructions in the CFFJAC Training Reporting System Handbook.

Training plans and curriculum for related and supplemental instruction must provide a minimum of 144 hours per year for each year of apprenticeship.

Work Processes (On-The-Job-Training)

This term is used in the apprenticeship community to define the supervised work performed while gaining experience in an occupation. On-the-job-training is the normal everyday work done by an apprentice during a specified apprenticeship period. These hours are not reimbursable and should not be reported on the training form. No additional formal curriculum is needed; the CFFJAC Standards provide the guidelines for this type of training. The department should have a means of documenting the completion of this training.

Documentation of work processes can be accomplished through standard department procedures. There is no requirement to submit regular reports of completed work processes, but this information is subject to review by the CFFJAC and the Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) or the federal Office of Apprenticeship Training Employer and Labor Services (OATELS).