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Qualification of fire and rescue services sub-officer

  • Professional qualification
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

Fire station deputy manager working in a sub-officer duty of fire and rescue services works as the supervisor of their shift, as the director of rescue operations, as a planner and trainer of training exercises, as a fire inspector and as educators and safety instructors. The fire station deputy manager leads the station service of their shift and is responsible for the planning and organisation of the station administration. A fire station deputy manager can also work as a head of a small fire station or as a responsible expert in the rescue department.

In rescue operations, the fire station deputy manager leads the rescue unit, but also larger formations until the fire officer arrives at the site and assumes command responsibility.

Competence is based on professional content competence, good management skills and continuous development of professional skills. The fire station deputy manager is also required to master interaction skills: a good work climate and good work motivation of shift staff form the basis for competence development.

Do the following

When applying for a decision from the Finnish National Agency for Education

  1. Fill in the electronic application from according to the instructions.
  2. Attach the required documents.
  3. Send the application to Finnish National Agency for Education.

Required documents

When submitting your application, enclose copies of the following documents:

  • Degree/qualification certificate
  • transcript of studies
  • Proof of nationality, e.g. an extract from the Population Information System in Finland or copy of the ID page of your passport
  • Document verifying name change (if applicable).
  • If you are an EU/EEA national and you apply for recognition of professional qualifications obtained in an EU/EEA member state, you can also enclose certificates of professional experience and certificates of life-long learning.

Required translations

Provide a translation of each document into Finnish, Swedish or English if the original document is in a language other than Finnish, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Icelandic, French, German, Norwegian or Spanish. The translator must be an authorised translator in Finland or an official translator in the source country, working in the language pair in question. Translations done by the body that has issued the original document are also accepted.

To whom and on what terms

If you have obtained a qualification as a fire and rescue services sub-officer abroad, your qualification for the profession will be decided by the Finnish National Agency for Education.

You may qualify as a fire and rescue services sub-officer in Finland if you:

• have completed qualified training in another EU/EEA country or Switzerland, and

• you are a citizen of an EU or EEA country or have a document that entitles you to be treated in the same way as EU citizens.

You may also qualify as a fire and rescue services sub-officer in Finland if:

• you are an EU or EEA national,

• you have obtained a professional qualification outside the EU and the EEA,

• your professional qualification is recognised in another Member State; and

• you have worked in the profession for at least three years in the country where your professional qualification is recognised.

You can contact the Finnish National Agency for Education for more information on decision-making criteria.

A fee is charged for the service.

The range of fees collected for a decision is €420 - €664. The fee is €420 when the decision concerns eligibility for one post or position. The fee is increased by €122 for any additional eligibility; however, the maximum surcharge is €244.

Processing time

The Finnish National Board of Education is obliged to make the decisions on the recognition of professional qualifications within four months of receipt of all documents. For other decisions, the law does not specify a maximum processing time. The processing of an application takes on average 2-3 months counting from the date on which all the necessary documents were provided.

Background information

Finnish National Agency for Education decides on the eligibility that a foreign qualification gives for positions in the early childhood education and care, teaching, fire and rescue services, and positions for which a Master of Laws degree completed in Finland is required.

Basic information

The service is provided byFinnish National Agency for Education
Responsible for the serviceFinnish National Agency for Education
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish, English
Text edited by: Finnish National Agency for Education
Updated: 11/5/2021