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					                 Justice Institute of BC Fire and Safety Division
                              Evaluator Certification
                                Training Standard
                                       February 2006

                                     BACKGROUND

The Justice Institute of BC (JIBC) Fire and Safety Division (F&SD) has developed these
standards as minimum qualifications for the positions of Fire and Safety Division Fire
Department Evaluator and Regional Evaluator. These standards have been
developed based on input from a BC fire service focus group, and selected components
from the following core documents:
    • NFPA 1041, Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications.
    • JIBC Fire and Safety Division policy and procedures.
    • International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), Criteria for Certificate
       Accreditation


                                   1. PREREQUISITES


   1.1. Fire Department Evaluators
       1.1.1. Overall requirements
           1.1.1.1.    Only members of fire departments currently using the Fire and
                       Safety Division Fire Fighter programs are eligible to become Fire
                       Department Evaluators.
           1.1.1.2.    Must meet the training requirements of the Fire and Safety
                       Division Evaluator Certification Training Standard as delivered in
                       the Fire and Safety Division Evaluator Certification Workshop.

       1.1.2. Experience requirements
           1.1.2.1.   Fire Department Evaluator Candidates must meet all of the
                      experience requirements below:
           1.1.2.2.   Applicants may be current or retired members of the fire
                      department provided that they are fire department approved.
           1.1.2.3.   Fire Fighters wishing to become Fire Department Evaluators
                      must have 5 years of service, including 2 years experience as a
                      fire service trainer.
           1.1.2.4.   It is the responsibility of the candidate to provide appropriate
                      proof of all minimum requirements at the time of registration.

       1.1.3. Educational prerequisites
           1.1.3.1.     Fire Service Instructor I certification or Fire and Safety Division
                        recognized equivalents. Fire Service Instructor II is strongly
                        recommended.
               1.1.3.1.1. Equivalencies are currently:


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                    1.1.3.1.1.1.      First Responder Instructor is equivalent to Fire Service
                                Instructor I
                    1.1.3.1.1.2.      Training Officer 1 (TO-1) has no equivalency
                    1.1.3.1.1.3.      Training Officer 1 & 2 (TO-1 & 2) together are
                                equivalent to Fire Service Instructor II
            1.1.3.2.     Successful completion of the requirements of the Fire and Safety
                         Division Evaluator Certification Workshop.
            1.1.3.3.     Certification in any modules in which they wish to evaluate is
                         required. Fire and Safety Division recognized equivalents would
                         be accepted subject to a review of an individual’s credentials and
                         experience.
            1.1.3.4.     Completion of Fire and Safety Division refresher training
                         sessions (Guideline 4.4.3).
            1.1.3.5.     It is the responsibility of the candidate to provide appropriate
                         proof of all minimum requirements at the time of registration.


    1.2. Regional Evaluators
        1.2.1. Overall requirements
            1.2.1.1.    Must meet the training requirements of the Fire and Safety
                        Division Evaluator Standard as delivered in the Fire and Safety
                        Division Evaluator Certification Workshop.

        1.2.2. Experience requirements
            1.2.2.1.   Regional Evaluator Candidates must meet all of the experience
                       requirements below:
            1.2.2.2.   Applicants may be current or retired members of the fire service
                       provided that they meet these qualifications and are fire
                       department approved.
            1.2.2.3.   Fire Fighters wishing to become Regional Evaluators must have
                       5 years of service, including 2 years experience as a fire service
                       trainer.
            1.2.2.4.   It is be the responsibility of the candidate to provide appropriate
                       proof of all minimum requirements at the time of registration.

        1.2.3. Educational prerequisites
            1.2.3.1.     Fire Service Instructor I & II certification or Fire and Safety
                         Division recognized equivalents.
                1.2.3.1.1. Equivalencies are currently:
                    1.2.3.1.1.1.    First Responder Instructor is equivalent to Fire Service
                              Instructor I
                    1.2.3.1.1.2.    Training Officer 1 (TO-1) has no equivalency
                    1.2.3.1.1.3.    Training Officer 1 & 2 (TO-1 & 2) together are
                              equivalent to Fire Service Instructor II
            1.2.3.2.     Successful completion of the requirements of the Fire and Safety
                         Division Evaluator Certification Workshop.
            1.2.3.3.     Completion of Fire and Safety Division refresher training
                         sessions.
            1.2.3.4.     Certification as a student in any modules in which they wish to
                         evaluate is required. Fire and Safety Division recognized



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                        equivalents would be accepted subject to a review of an
                        individual’s credentials and experience.
           1.2.3.5.     It is be the responsibility of the candidate to provide appropriate
                        proof of all minimum requirements at the time of registration.
           1.2.3.6.     At the discretion of the Fire and Safety Division, educational and
                        experience requirements may be reduced for individuals with a
                        strong educational background, or for professionals in the field of
                        education.




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                                        2. STANDARD


    2.1. Written Exam Proctor
        2.1.1. Describe Fire and Safety Division written exam proctor procedures.
        2.1.2. Describe the role of the Written Exam Proctor.
            2.1.2.1.   Establishing the setting for the exam to take place.
            2.1.2.2.   Establishing the rules and regulations during the exam.
            2.1.2.3.   Monitoring the students as they write the exam.
            2.1.2.4.   Procedures for students accused of cheating.
        2.1.3. Exam security procedures.
            2.1.3.1.   Exam security before the exam session.
            2.1.3.2.   Exam security after the exam session.
        2.1.4. Demonstrate and describe oral questioning techniques to:
            2.1.4.1.   Trouble shoot examination sessions and instruments.
            2.1.4.2.   Clarify a student’s understanding of the evaluated knowledge.

    2.2. Practical Evaluation
        2.2.1. Describe Fire and Safety Division practical exam procedures.
        2.2.2. Describe the role of the Practical Evaluator.
        2.2.3. Demonstrate the use of practical evaluation instruments.
            2.2.3.1.      Practical checklist.
            2.2.3.2.      Job performance checklist.
        2.2.4. Describe methods of maintaining student privacy.
        2.2.5. Demonstrate the completion of forms required by the Fire and Safety
                Division.
            2.2.5.1.      Practical Checklists for students that pass the evaluation.
            2.2.5.2.      Practical Checklists for students that fail the evaluation.
            2.2.5.3.      Evaluation Record Sheet.
        2.2.6. Demonstrate methods of student Pass/Fail notification.
            2.2.6.1.      Procedures for students that fail the practical evaluation.
            2.2.6.2.      Procedures for remedial performances.
            2.2.6.3.      Procedures for students that fail the written evaluation.
        2.2.7. Describe methods of providing constructive feedback.
            2.2.7.1.      Post-evaluation student briefing.
            2.2.7.2.      Post-evaluation fire department briefing.
        2.2.8. Describe and demonstrate oral questioning techniques to:
            2.2.8.1.      Trouble shoot examination sessions and instruments.
            2.2.8.2.      Clarify a student’s understanding of the evaluated skill.

    2.3. Fire and Safety Division Administration Procedures
        2.3.1. Demonstrate Fire and Safety Division forms Completion.
            2.3.1.1.    Written exam record.
            2.3.1.2.    Complete practical evaluation sheets.
        2.3.2. Results reporting procedures.
            2.3.2.1.    Complete electronic student examination results form.
            2.3.2.2.    Email completed results form to Fire and Safety Division contact
                        person according to F&SD policy.
            2.3.2.3.    Forwarding hard copies of results.
        2.3.3. Fire and Safety Division Evaluator Workshop Student Manual.



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           2.3.3.1.     Demonstrate the use of the Student Manual as a guide to
                        establish the direction for evaluation sessions and subsequent
                        notification of the Fire and Safety Division and students.

   2.4. Accreditation requirements
       2.4.1. Describe the requirements of each of the accrediting agencies.
           2.4.1.1.   IFSAC
           2.4.1.2.   Pro-Board

   2.5. Fire Service Specific evaluation procedures.
       2.5.1. Describe specific evaluation requirements that are exclusive to the skills
               and knowledge of NFPA 1001, 2002 edition fire service programs:
           2.5.1.1.     F&SD Basic Firefighting Certificate
           2.5.1.2.     F&SD BC Firefighter I
           2.5.1.3.     F&SD BC Firefighter II
       2.5.2. Describe the skills required for student certification in the programs
       2.5.3. Demonstrate proficient knowledge of the skills to be evaluated using the
               practical checklists for each module.
           2.5.3.1.     F&SD Basic Firefighting Certificate
           2.5.3.2.     F&SD BC Firefighter I
           2.5.3.3.     F&SD BC Firefighter II

   2.6. Safety
       2.6.1. Describe methods of conducting evaluation under strict safety guidelines
              according to the host fire department (Guideline 3.3) and Fire and Safety
              Division.
       2.6.2. Describe methods to intervene in unsafe activities during an evaluation
              session.

   2.7. Evaluator Ethics
       2.7.1. Prepare and state appropriate evaluation procedures.
           2.7.1.1.     Describe methods of conducting evaluations based upon the
                        evaluation content without bias for any of the following:
               2.7.1.1.1. Race
               2.7.1.1.2. Sex
               2.7.1.1.3. Religion
               2.7.1.1.4. Past experiences between the evaluator and student.
               2.7.1.1.5. Hearsay or reports from others about a student’s knowledge,
                           or skill level.
           2.7.1.2.     Describe components of a fair evaluation session.
               2.7.1.2.1. Free from distraction.
               2.7.1.2.2. Consistent conditions for all students being evaluated.
               2.7.1.2.3. Students waiting to be evaluated are prevented from
                           observing other student evaluation sessions and
                           documentation.
       2.7.2. Describe the problems associated with evaluating students that the
               evaluator has instructed.
           2.7.2.1.     Describe methods of basing the evaluation session solely upon
                        the skill or knowledge demonstrated at the time of the evaluation.
       2.7.3. Power relationships and evaluation.



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            2.7.3.1.     Describe the evaluator’s position of power that may be perceived
                         by the student.
            2.7.3.2.     Describe methods of easing the student’s concerns regarding
                         their perceived position of having no power in the evaluation
                         process.
            2.7.3.3.     Describe situations that may be perceived as abuse of evaluator
                         power.

    2.8. Evaluation and qualifying requirements for students of the Fire and Safety
         Division Evaluator Certification Workshop.
        2.8.1. Practical examination requirements:
            2.8.1.1.     Proctor a written exam.
            2.8.1.2.     Design one practical evaluation instrument.
            2.8.1.3.     Perform a minimum of one practical evaluation meeting the
                         criteria of this standard.
                2.8.1.3.1. Other students act as the students being evaluated.
                2.8.1.3.2. Checklist based upon this standard.
                2.8.1.3.3. Email exam results to the Fire and Safety Division.
        2.8.2. Complete a written examination based upon this standard.
            2.8.2.1.     30 multiple choice questions 75% require to pass.




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