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Retired First Responders

Welcome to the Retired First Responder Certification Fee Waiver

This new legislative provision introduces the opportunity for retired first responder personnel to request a waiver of registration fees for initial attempts on examinations required for Educator Certification and/or application fees for the initial evaluation of eligibility for certification.

Upon determination of eligibility, a Retired First Responder Certification Fee Waiver (RFRCFW) remains valid for five years. An educator may submit a waiver request according to current eligibility requirements for a new five-year validity period.

Complete the two steps below to submit an initial Educator Certification application using the RFRCFW.

  1. Create Account and Complete Online Application
    • Once you arrive at the Quick Start Menu, you will need to select Bureau of Educator Certification when asked “What are you applying for?”
    • Next, you will select from the options in the Choose Application drop-down menu. Click the “Select” button to begin your application.
    • Upon completing the application, you will receive your DOE file number which you will need to enter on your fee waiver form.
    • Do NOT submit payment with your application.
  2. Complete the Retired First Responder Certification Fee Waiver Form (PDF)
    • Be sure to add your DOE file number from your completed online application.
    • Choose one form of retirement documentation from the list below to submit with your form:
      • Retired ID card or badge - Front and Back
      • Pension Statement information:
        • Full Name
        • Position
        • Name of place of employment
      • Certificate of retirement information:
        • Full Name
        • Position
        • Signed by an administrator
    • Email the form and a copy of the appropriate documentation to