Fire Guard Training for FDNY Certificate of Fitness (COF) Exams

Overview of NYC Fire Guard Training

Besides its primary duty to fight fires,  the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) administers and enforces building fire code policies to promote fire safety and prevention.  Certified by the FDNY, licensed fire guards play an important role in enforcing building fire code policies and promoting public safety.   Different types of buildings and settings where fire guards are deployed require different types of knowledge, so the FDNY has developed different certifications.

An individual who wants to become a licensed fire guard in any of these areas must first past a test administered by the FDNY.  Each license has its own exam.  Star Security Training provides a 3- hour test prep course to help individuals prepare and pass 6 tests that pertain most to the responsibilities of security guards.


Test Location, License Fees, Renewals

All exams are given at the FDNY’s Public Certification Unit located on the first floor at  9 MetroTech Center in Brooklyn .  A $25 new application fee is required for each certification.  Renewals need to be made every 3 years ($5 fee).  Generally, applications are reviewed and processed within 1-2 days.

3 Hour Test Prep Classes for COF Tests Provided by Star Security Training

F 01 Citywide Fire Guard for Impariment

Owners of buildings whose fire protection systems are out of service are required to have a licensed F 01 watch person on duty until the system is back up.

F 02 Fire Guard for Shelters

F 02 is required for fire guards in buildings operated as homeless or emergency shelters.

F 03 Indoor Place of Assembly Safety Personnel

Covers individuals responsible for maintaining fire safety in stadiums, arenas.

F 04. Temporary Indoor/Outdoor Place of Assembly

Fire guard protection for temporary meeting locations.

F 60. Fire Guard for Torch Operations and Construction Sites

Fire guards at construction sites where torch applied operations take place.

S 60. Watch person at Construction Sites

Required fire guard certification for watch guards at construction sites.