National licenses are issued by the DA upon recommendation of the member’s home region to those who have performed as a divisional license holder over and extended period of time and have attained a high level of proficiency in the specialty. Renewals are issued after the applicants have properly filled out the application. A photocopy of the participation log showing the Chief’s signature must accompany the application.
The requirements for upgrading to a national license are a minimum of six (6) events worked in a year plus approval or waiver by the DA. National licenses shall not be issued as a reward for tenure, but must be earned. Each division will have different requirements because of a different number of events that are available to be worked in each division. We consider a good mix, to gain or retain a national license, to be three (3) national events worked, two (2) regional events worked, and one (1) driver’s school. The point is, to retain a national license, one should work more than just the “Cream of the Crop.” In some divisions, people have the opportunity to work 20-30 events; in other divisions, workers do not have the opportunity to work more than six (6). Any application for upgrade from a divisional license to a national license must be signed by the RA and the DA for approval.