What qualification you need to be able to make an application for Firefighter post?
GCSE Grade A* to Grade C (or 9 to 4) qualifications in English Language and Mathematics (or a recognised equivalent i.e. Basic/Key Skills Level 2, Adult Numeracy Level 2, Adult Literacy Level 2).
We need your original GCSE (or equivalent) certificates in Maths and English. Please have these ready for the application stage of the selection process as you will be asked to upload a copy as part of the application. We won’t accept provisional results sheets, you must supply a certificate or statement of results (provided when a replacement certificate is requested).
- If you don’t have your originals, you can request a replacement certificate or a statement of results from the awarding body direct. This takes around 4 weeks and costs around £45.
- If you don’t know who your awarding organisation was, ask your school.
- If you gained your qualifications outside the UK, please request a statement of comparability from UK NARIC. This takes up to 20 days and costs around £60. ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) is not accepted as an equivalent English qualification.
- Alternatively, you can get a report from your school which must be stamped by the school / college / provider and be signed by the examination officer. This should include your full name, full qualification titles, grades awarded, awarding body name and / or qualification number and date of achievement. A general statement or letter from the school / provider is not acceptable.
What qualifications we need and why (PDF 77.1KB)
When will I have to produce my qualification certificates / statements?
You will need to produce proof of qualifications at the application stage by uploading a copy with the application. A further request may be required to view the original document at the fitness and interview stage. Don't apply now if this is not easily available.
Can I still apply if I don’t have the qualifications mentioned above?
If you don’t have these qualifications, you can consider a role as an On-call Firefighter. We don’t require these qualifications for on-call firefighters. However, you will need to live within a specific distance from your nearest on-call fire station.
More about On-call Firefighters
What documents would I need to provide at appointment stage?
Ensure your passport is in date and your driving licence shows your current Hertfordshire address and is in date. Should you reach appointment stage, these requirements will need to be in place.
You need to maintain a level of fitness and will be tested during the selection process.