In accordance with the Tennessee Code Annotated (T.C.A.) §68-120-113, any person employed as a fire or building inspector by a municipality, county, or the state must be certified through the State Fire Marshal's Office before enforcing applicable fire or building codes. An individual hired as a fire/building inspector has up to twleve (12) months from the date of employment to obtain certification. Municipalities and counties must notify the State Fire Marshal within sixty (60) days after any new code inspector subject to certification is hired. Individuals who do fire prevention inspections or pre-fire planning inspections do not need to be certified unless they also perform fire code or building code inspections as part of their regular duties. See Certification Definitions for more informaton.
State approval and certification is accomplished by first obtaining certification through one of the national code organziations; International Code Council (ICC) or the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Successfully passing either the ICC or NFPA test is recognized by the State of Tennessee as satisfying the standards and qualifications for certification of municipal, county, and state employed fire prevention and building officials.
Certification is valid for three (3) years from the date of issuance.