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Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) Exam Review

Presented in partnership with XL Catlin Property Risk Engineering/GAPS

The Certified Fire Protection Specialist Board (CFPS) was formed in 1971 for the purpose of documenting competency and offering professional recognition for individuals involved in fire protection, fire safety, and fire prevention. The CFPS board credential has been awarded to more than 2,000 professionals and is internationally recognized as a mark of achievement within the fire protection field.

Fire protection engineers routinely engage with a broad range of professionals including risk managers, loss control specialists, fire officers, fire marshals, fire inspectors, safety managers, fire protection consultants, designers, code enforcers, loss prevention professionals, building code officials, commercial real estate managers and others who have responsibilities dealing with the application of fire safety, fire protection, prevention, and suppression technologies. SFPE® supports increasing the education level and credentials of all who work in the fire protection field, as well as elevating the overall knowledge level about fire protection to reduce fire risk.

While the CFPS does not constitute any part of the requirements for Professional Engineering (PE) licensure, SFPE possesses a great deal of knowledge on the subject of fire protection, which can play an important role in the success of those pursuing the CFPS credential. The CFPS online review course is designed to help participants effectively prepare for the CFPS exam.

This educational online course will help you navigate the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook, which is the basis for the exam, and will allow for maximum retention and time to review between the sessions. Course participants will have access to three interactive two-hour sessions, and will have the opportunity to ask questions as they arise throughout each session. Recordings of each session will also be available.

Who Should Attend

Anyone preparing for the CFPS exam. The CFPS designation is a widely recognized credential among fire protection professionals such as fire marshals and loss control specialists. Visit for more information on this designation, eligibility requirements, as well as where and when the exam can be taken.


  • What is a CFPS and how the designation will benefit you
  • Exam preparation and exam taking strategies
  • Review of the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook
  • Practice exam questions and lookup exercises

Required Materials (sold separately)

Enrollment Includes

  • Participation in either the Tuesday or Thursday session
  • Electronic copies of the course slides 

Exam Review Schedule

Fall Dates

Three live, 2-hour online sessions are required:
  • Oct. 30, Nov. 6, and 13 (Every Tuesday) from 2:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Nov. 1, 8, and 15 (Every Thursday) from 6:30 - 8:30 PM Eastern Time


 You have the flexibility to attend either the Tuesday or Thursday session each week. 


  • Member of SFPE HQ: $699
  • Non-Member: $999

Continuing Education Credits

Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are only granted for the sessions in which you fully participate. Your participation is verified by being logged into the web conference technology during the session. The maximum number of PDHs that can be awarded for the 3 weeks is 6 PDHs, even if the sessions run long or you attend a Tuesday and Thursday session in a given week. Recordings of the sessions are available in case you miss a session or if you wish to listen to the session again, however no PDHs credit can be given to sessions that were missed and then made up by listening to the recording. These rules are necessary to maintain the integrity of the PDH granting process.

SFPE is a registered provider for the American Institute of Architects continuing education system (AIA/CES) Provider # G219

SFPE is a Preferred Provider with the International Code Council Provider # 1699

Exam Information

Note SFPE does not administer the exam.  For more information on the exam see related links below
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