Fire Apparatus Aerial-Operator

In a continued effort to reduce fire loss in the State of North Carolina, the State Legislature established General Statute 58-78-5.14b, which requires the State Fire and Rescue Commission to establish voluntary minimum professional qualifications for all levels of fire and rescue service personnel.

The standard for Fire Apparatus Aerial Operator Certification is considered to be a minimum standard and the Fire & Rescue Commission fully recognizes that, due to differing requirements, many fire departments may set forth standards much higher than these for their personnel. It is the intent, however, that through a voluntary program, personnel who provide Aerial Operator services to the communities of our state, will meet or exceed this standard.

Surry Community College Fire and Rescue Division conducts all certification tests in accordance with the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission Testing Policy. A simplified testing policy is available which summarizes the main points of this policy. To be eligible to test, students must register BEFORE 10% of the class time has passed and MUST attend 80% of the entire class.

Entrance Requirements

The Aerial Operator candidate must meet the entrance requirements listed below before certification can be issued.

  • Age / Education / Prior Certification Requirements
  • Service Requirements

    The Aerial Operator candidate must have a minimum of three (3) years experience in the fire and/or rescue service.

  • Program Requirements

    The instruction and evaluation given an Aerial Operator who achieves certification is critical to ensuring a quality program. Training and evaluation of students must be accomplished by qualified individuals, working in conjunction with approved delivery agencies.

  • Student Evaluation

    Evaluation of the student for certification is a critical link in the total preparedness of the individual. Student evaluations must be accomplished by qualified Level II Instructors serving as proctors. The evaluation itself must be separate and distinct from the training process.

    Practical examinations are intended to measure the manipulative skills of the Aerial Operator and will follow guidelines set forth under the Policy for Testing manual. Although capable of testing 100% of the practical objectives, the examination will only test a pre-selected percentage based on testing scenarios provided to the proctor. A score of 70% or above shall constitute a passing grade for the candidate.

  • Written Examination

    The written exam measures the cognitive skills of the Aerial Operator and must follow the guidelines set forth under the Policy for Testing manual. The examination will be randomly generated and provided to the evaluator by the delivery agency. A score of 70% or above.