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Apprenticeship Information - Entry Level, No experience needed


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General Requirements for Paid-On Call Membership

In order to be considered for an apprenticeship with the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District (PHFPD), the following minimum requirements must be met.  The requirements include, but are not limited to:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Be in good physical condition and mental health and able to perform strenuous manual labor.
  3. Be of good moral character and not had any serious criminal activity history as determined by a background investigation conducted by the PHFPD using fingerprint submission to the Illinois State Police and FBI and request for Drivers License Abstract from the Secretary of State.
  4. Possess a valid class D Driver’s License issued by the state in which the applicant resides. 
  5. Be a High School graduate or possess a GED certificate.
  6. Be an U.S. citizen or possess work authorization from the U.S. Department of Immigration and Naturalization.
  7. Possess a valid and current EMT-B or paramedic license from the IDPH.
  8. Possess proof of completion within the 12 months prior to application of the Candidate Physical Ability Test – CPAT. NOTE: You must present a valid CPAT with ladder climb card or certificate with your submitted application AND again at time of job offer, present a valid CPAT card or certificate. Valid means not more than 12 months old.
  9. Upon acceptance pass a psychological evaluation, physical examination, and drug screen.

Complete position descriptions as well as hiring policies and procedures of the PHFPD are available upon written request to the Fire Chief.




Those selected who are not already certified by the OSFM as a Basic Operations Firefighter must complete the Recruit Training Program (RTP) of the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District. Completion of the RTP is a mandatory requirement.  The RTP consists of four parts:

  1. Pre-fire academy orientation
  2. Attendance at and completion of the fire academy. Dates for each fire academy are listed at http://www.nipsta.org/177/Basic-Firefighter-Academy.  This is a formal, structured training academy meeting every day, Monday through Friday from 7:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M. for nine (9) weeks in Glenview and consist of both classroom lectures and hands-on drills that cover all material in the State Fire Marshal’s Basic Operations Firefighter. After completion the new member will sit for the State Fire Marshal’s Basic Operations Firefighter exam. 
  3. Post-fire academy orientation for one week, Monday through Friday from 7:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. This occurs at the PHFD.
  4. Following the post-academy orientation week, complete five (5) ride-along shifts on their assigned shift and be signed off on their initial task book requirements.

All four components of the RTP are an unpaid educational opportunity that upon its successful completion qualifies the person selected for part-time employment with the PHFD. No wages are paid during this training period.


The PHFD bears the cost of and supplies the following:

  • Background check
  • Fingerprinting
  • Medical evaluation including drug testing
  • Psychological assessment
  • Uniforms
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE), also referred to as turnout gear or bunker gear
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus and fit testing
  • Ancillary required equipment
  • Textbooks


A selected applications bears the cost of the following:

  • Approved black uniform shoes or boots
  • Athletic footwear for physical training
  • Towel(s)
  • Socks and underwear
  • Note taking supplies (pen/pencil, paper/notebook)


As of August 1, 2019 those selected to attend the fire academy must pay the tuition themselves and will be reimbursed that cost as follows:

  • After a minimum of 900 hours of service in 12 continuous months the member will be reimbursed one-half of the fire academy tuition.
  • After an additional minimum of 900 hours of service in a second 12 continuous month period the member will be reimbursed the other one-half of the fire academy tuition.
  • These two periods may be separated by inactivity that is the result of paramedic school, military service, or an approved leave of absence.

For those with a demonstrated financial hardship, tuition assistance may be available.



Important Dates


Download anytime 365 days a year

Applications are available

November 15 for January class

February 15 for April class

May 15 for July class

August 15 October class

Applications are due no later than 4:00 p.m.


The fire academy is run four times a year. Class being approximately the 15th of January, April, July, and October. To be considered for a particular academy class, your application is due eight weeks prior to a that academy’s start so we may process it and you.

Late November for January class

Late February for April class

Late May for July class

Late August October class

For those applications that are complete, an interview will be conducted. You will be notified via email of the date, time and place once your application is audited to ensure completeness.

Within 14 days of your interview

Those selected for the fire academy will be notified and processed.

Within 30 days of your selection

Processing mush be completed. Processing consists of background check with fingerprinting, medical evaluation, and psychological assessment.

21-30 days before the fire academy begins

Sizing for uniforms and protective equipment.

Three days the week prior to the fire academy

Orientation for fire academy: At fire station from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day

See NIPSTA website for exact dates

Fire Academy: Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m until 6:00 p.m. each day.

Week immediately following fire academy

Orientation to PHFD: At fire station from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day

Friday of orientation week

Issued shift assignment and begin apprenticeship.

Prior to being eligible to work as a shift member and be paid

Serve five, unpaid orientation shifts and complete required sections of task book.


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