(1) The division, in performing its duties related to the Florida State Fire College, specified in this part, shall:
(a) Enter into agreements with public or private school districts, community colleges, junior colleges, or state universities to carry out its duties and responsibilities.
(b) Review and approve budget requests for the fire college educational program.
(c) Prepare the legislative budget request for the Florida State Fire College education program. The superintendent is responsible for all expenditures pursuant to appropriations.
(d) Implement procedures to obtain appropriate entitlement funds from federal and state grants to supplement the annual legislative appropriation. Such funds must be used expressly for the fire college educational programs.
(e) Develop a staffing and funding formula for the Florida State Fire College. The formula must include differential funding levels for various types of programs, must be based on the number of full-time equivalent students and information obtained from scheduled attendance counts taken the first day of each program, and must provide the basis for the legislative budget request. As used in this section, a full-time equivalent student is equal to a minimum of 900 hours in a technical certificate program and 400 hours in a degree-seeking program. The funding formula must be as prescribed pursuant to s. 1011.62, must include procedures to document daily attendance, and must require that attendance records be retained for audit purposes.
(f) Approve and register in an electronic database an education or training provider, designated by the division, before the education or training provider may offer any course to fulfill any education or training requirement under this chapter. The division shall establish criteria, by rule, for the approval of such education or training providers, including courses taught. Only approved and registered education or training providers are eligible to provide instruction or training that will be recognized by the division as fulfilling any education or training requirement under this chapter.
(g) Recognize only courses offered by approved and registered training or education providers as fulfilling the education or training requirements under this chapter.
(2) Funds generated by the formula per full-time equivalent student may not exceed the level of state funding per full-time equivalent student generated through the Florida Education Finance Program or the State Community College Program Fund for students enrolled in comparable education programs provided by public school districts and community colleges. Funds appropriated for education and operational costs shall be deposited in the Insurance Regulatory Trust Fund to be used solely for purposes specified in s. 633.436 and may not be transferred to any other budget entity for purposes other than education.