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Qualification of Fire officer

  • Professional qualification
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

Fire officer works in regional rescue departments in the managerial positions of the organisation and in various expert tasks requiring strong and internalised expertise in rescue operations, accident prevention or civil defence. The fire officers of rescue departments are expected to be able to act in both supervisory and expert roles. All officer positions emphasise interaction management, future competence and planning and development skills, comprehensive safety thinking and international competence. Fire officers are required to be able to diagnose and solve problems in several different ways, interaction skills, ability to work well under pressure and good learning skills.

The official titles of the fire officers in regional rescue services include rescue manager, risk manager, regional head of fire department, fire inspector, head of preparedness, head of fire department, senior fire fighter and station manager.

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, enclose also:

  • A certificate issued as evidence of professional qualifications, if such a document is issued in the country where you have obtained your professional qualifications (e.g. document on teacher registration)
  • If applicable, 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 officer at rescue and emergency services sector abroad, your qualification for the profession will be decided by the Finnish National Agency for Education.

You may qualify as a fire officer at rescue and emergency services 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 an officer at rescue and emergency services 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: 8/28/2020