Officer Development Program (ODP)

The IAFC's Officer Development Program (ODP) was designed to prepare officers at various levels for future career advancement while giving them the leadership skills to excel in their current position.

The program was designed to be meet the necessary Job Performance Requirements (JPRs) as outlined in NFPA 1021 and follows leadership standards published in the Officer Development Handbook. Check out the learning objectives for each level of the Officer Development Program below.

Want to know more? Check out these resources:

ODP PowerPoint Overview

ODP Webinar

ODP Flyer

Company Officer Leadership Symposium (COLS)

Sponsored by American Military University

The Company Officer Leadership Symposium was designed to meet the specific leadership and training needs of company officers based on their roles and responsibilities.

Learn more about the program and additional IAFC resources for company officers.


  • Chief Officer Leadership Symposium (CHIEF)

    Sponsored by Columbia Southern University

    The Chief Officer Leadership Symposium program consists of two levels, one for those new to the role and the other for more veteran officers. Attendees learn from instructors with years of fire and emergency service and life experience in areas such as community risk reduction, human resources, operations, and health and safety. CHIEF learning objectives support JPRs outlined in NFPA 1021 (Fire Officer III and IV) and the IAFC Self-Development Dimensions.

  • Executive Chief Officer Leadership Symposium (ECO)

    The Executive Chief Officer Leadership Symposium is made up of two levels preparing chief officers looking to move into the role of fire chief in the future. The courses in this program focus on marketing within your community, research and data, mutual aid, and consolidation and mergers. Attendees get the opportunity to learn from business executives and successful chiefs who share valuable insight about how to excel as a leader at the highest level.

    Learn about the IAFC Executive Fire Officers Section  

ODP Policies for Credit and Transcripts

ODP attendees must attend all sessions/days of the program in order to receive credit. Attendees cannot pick-and-choose between different levels of the program, nor can you complete part of the program one year at one location and finish it at a later date or location.

For example: if you register as ODP-CHIEF II, you must attend all CHIEF II sessions including daily briefings, the General Session, and dedicated expo time.  

FRI attendees are provided the opportunity to print transcripts and certificates onsite. Attendees will also be able to print certificates/transcripts from after FRI.

It is the attendee's responsibility to obtain his/her transcript and ensure it is accurate.

The Instructors Were Top Notch

I had a great time in Denver and the seminars were awesome too! All the instructors were top notch and the subject matter was definitely relevant to today and tomorrow's fire service. All in all...great course and I will be bringing friends in the future.

– Marc Symkowick, Firefighter/Paramedic, Central County (CA) Fire Department