The Evaluation and Certification program allows firefighters to measure their skills and knowledge against recognized international standards. Many fire departments also use certification when assessing fire fighters for advancement or when hiring new members.
Saskatchewan follows National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards for the professional qualification of firefighters. The Saskatchewan Government is accredited under the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) to certify firefighters under selected NFPA Standards.
Firefighters who want to gain certification are known as participants. A candidate challenges the standard or standards they wish to complete. Certification is gained through a combination of recognized prerequisites, written evaluations and practical skills evaluation. Each standard has a different set of prerequisite, theory and skills requirements.