(a) The board must appoint an organization that is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress to prepare and administer firefighter certification examinations. Firefighter certification examinations shall be designed to ensure competency in at least the following areas:
(1) fire prevention;
(2) fire suppression; and
(3) hazardous materials operations.
(b) To receive a certificate, an individual must demonstrate competency in fire prevention and fire suppression.
(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit any requirement imposed by a local fire department for more comprehensive training.
Except as provided in subdivision 3, any person may take the firefighter certification examination who has successfully completed the following:
(1)(i) a firefighter course from a postsecondary educational institution, an accredited institution of higher learning, or another entity that teaches a course that has been approved by the board; or (ii) an apprenticeship or cadet program maintained by a fire department employing the person that has been approved by the board; and
(2) a skills-oriented basic training course.
A person with a baccalaureate degree, or with an associate degree in applied fire science technology, from an accredited college or university who has successfully completed the skills-oriented basic training course under subdivision 2, clause (2), is eligible to take the firefighter certification examination notwithstanding the requirements of subdivision 2, clause (1).