Chief 101


Course Description

This course is designed to apprise chief officers of the various aspects and complexities surrounding the operations and organization of North Carolina Fire departments. Emphasis will be placed on ratings and inspections, NFIRS reporting, prevention and relief funds, grant programs, basic line of duty death information, various state associations, and an overview of chief officer expectations in North Carolina. This class will satisfy the 9S insurance inspection criteria as specified by the North Carolina Administrative Code. This course should be offered consistent with the most current NC Fire and Rescue Commission guidelines.

Certification Requirements

The candidate must be at least 18 years of age. 

The candidate must have a high school diploma or equivalent recognized by the State Department of Public Instruction (i.e., GED).


Chief 101 2020 Edition FIP 3716 8
Chief 101 Update 2020 Edition FIP 3717 4


Tab/Accordion Items

11 NCAC 05A .0505 DRILLS AND MEETING REQUIREMENTS All members of fire departments shall comply with the drills and meetings requirements of G.S. 58-86-25.

NC Administrative Code

The chief officer of each fire department shall within one year of appointment, complete a class on basic management of fire department operations and records approved by the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission for chief officer based upon National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards for chief officer. NFPA Standard 1021 is incorporated into this Subchapter by reference, including but not limited to subsequent amendments or editions; and complete the course as described in Subparagraph (1) of this Paragraph, which shall be titled "Chief 101" a minimum of every five years.

If you have Chief 101 on your NC Fire and Rescue Commission transcript currently, you only need to take the Chief 101-2020 Update Course (FIP 3717). If you are a current Chief and have not taken Chief 101 then you will need to take a Chief 101 course (FIP 3716) that meets the NC Administrative Code.

In order to comply with the spirit and intent of the Administrative Code the Chief has to take the course within one year of his/her appointment to the position.   If the Chief fails to meet this requirement, the department can be put on probation in accordance with NC Administrative Code which could jeopardize the Insurance Rating of the district the department serves.

Generally speaking, you should take the course as soon as you can due to the number of changes that has taken place over the last two years to key fire service programs and legislation.  You should also consider taking the course prior to a scheduled 9S or 9E inspection.  Failure to take the course as stated previously can result in the suspension of your departments rating.