What about ISO and HSO?
REGISTER for ISO On-line Adjunct Study Program ... CLICK HERE
We wish that our work could be completed quicker than it has been going. We are working daily to make the PSEN ISO / HSO adjunct on-line study program everything we want it to be so that you find value and education in our finished product. Things have changed now that we are in 2016. Up until January 1, 2016 FDSOA (Fire Department Safety Officers Association) who is the certification testing group we were able to offer modular learning material directly through the PSEN on-line learning portal. We were able to do that because David Dodson and ISO owned the rights to the material. The copyright holder now is Jones and Bartlett. They have published the ISO 3rd edition. We had to work with Jones and Bartlett in order to become an instructor with privileges on their eLearning site for both ISO and HSO.
What does that mean? It means we can take the most current Jones and Bartlett on-line learning material and enhance them as we feel are most appropriate for our particular audience. It means we can recreate audio/narrated modules as we have in the past only to the latest material and we can work with our students as we deem necessary. It means we are transitioning from Jones and Bartlett current static materials to materials that meet our expectations here as PSEN. This is taking time and we will keep you posted regarding our progress.
Do you even need to take an on-line program? NO. Anyone who purchases the appropriate book from Jones and Bartlett can study on their own and when you think you are ready to test can contact FDSOA and make arrangements to take the test. Test Fees are based on FDSOA membership status.
What does the on-line program do for me? It allows you to prepare in a more structured manner. If you prefer to read a module then listen to the module as well as take chapter knowledge quizzes, use the on-line Flash Cards and have a retired firefighter also ISO certified available to coach you if needed then I am here.
What other changes do I need to know about? This is a significant one. Prior ISO and/or HSO certification examination processes involved testing only. One hundred questions and various hours of additional recurrent training over a five-year period to maintain certification. TODAY ... There is a NEW practical skills component.
What does a practical skill component mean for me? It means that once you challenge and successfully pass the particular written certification examination FDSOA will notify you of you score and send you a random packet of ISO or HSO practical skill sheets. You will need to work with your department fire chief or his/her designee and demonstrate the practical skills assigned. Your chief will need to sign a sworn affidavit stating the organization measured your practical ability as an ISO or HSO certification candidate.
What is an Affidavit? ... (reference is from LawDepot.com) An Affidavit is a sworn written statement of facts made under oath. The person who signs the Affidavit (the declarant/affiant) makes an oath in front of the witness to confirm that the statements therein are factual to the best of the declarant's knowledge. This affirmation is usually administered by a notary public or a commissioner of oaths in most jurisdictions. An Affidavit is most often used as evidence in court, and it must be made voluntarily by the declarant and based on his or her personal knowledge or belief. There is no minimum age required to make an Affidavit, but the declarant must be of sound mind and able to understand the statement and the implications of making a sworn oath. In most cases, this is done by adults 18 years or older, unless it is an unusual situation which requires the sworn statement of children, such as in family court or criminal court proceedings.
Will I know what practical skills I could be asked to perform? YES ... The matrix published by the National ProBoard using the new NFPA standards are published in the appendix sections of the books. Will not know which ones are coming your way until your written test results are announced to you. FDSOA has told me that you will receive a sampling. Here is a link to the matrix from I got on the Proboard web site. Scroll to NFPA 1521 2015 edition.
Is it all worth it? YES!! ... Whether you utilize what we are going to provide as an adjunct study tool or not becoming a nationally ProBoard certified ISO / HSO can make a difference in the fire service. Nothing so significant can come as easy as it has in the past. Either role is an important one and the credentials you will have earned makes it more that the passing of a written examination. Your departments will have the opportunity to see your skill set in action will can build a sense of trust when you are selected to be the ISO / HSO.
I do want to utilize the PSEN on-line adjunct study program. What do I need to do next? Use one of the links above and purchase the necessary book. You will be redirected to Jones and Bartlett website but the prices will be less expensive because you used our site. Once the book arrives it will contain a key code that you will need to redeem. You will be directed to visit Jones & Bartlett where you will create your personal account and redeem the code provided from your copy of the book. One key code for one personal account.When that is done you can contact me here and I will finalize your registration into the class.
What will it cost me? While we are in transition we will accept and enroll you into the program where you will have access to all of the Jones & Bartlett material. You will not have a completed PSEN redesigned material until we are finished. As we finish a module we post the changes to the site so you will see changes in ISO first then HSO. If you want to register understanding that you will have access to all the material just not all in a format PSEN is striving to provide we will accept your registration for $80.00 per student. We will allow you up to one year of on-line study at that price.
The price point for the program once the modules are completed and available to new students will be $145.00 each student? Yes ... there will be two other expenses. The price of the book purchased directly from Jones and Bartlett. The testing service fees paid directly to FDSOA. As of this posting they are charging $195.00 for non-members and $95.00 for FDSOA members.
REGISTER for ISO On-line Adjunct Study Program ... CLICK HERE