Fire Science Technology, Certificate of Achievement

The Certificate of Achievement, Fire Technology is designed to prepare individuals for work with a fire service organization and may lead to certification in basic wildland firefighting. Students interested in acquiring the Fire Technology Certificate of Achievement must complete the general education and emphasis requirements.


Students completing the certificate will:

  • Learn about the different theaters of firefighting and prevention.
  • Identify and properly use the different equipment needed in the different theaters of firefighting.

Gainful Employment

While all of the educational programs at Truckee Meadows Community College are designed to lead to either employment or transfer, the Department of Education requires that we provide information on specific certificate programs. Specific information on the cost of this program is available here.  We hope this information is helpful to you as you make your career and educational choices.

Certificates of Achievement are a set of courses that can serve as a stepping stone to an associate degree or allow students to enter the workforce.  Certificates of Achievement have a general education component.

To earn a Certificate of Achievement, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AAS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements 1
Human Relations3
Leadership and Human Relations
Certificate Requirements
FT 101Introduction to Fire Protection3
FT 125Build Construction I3
FT 131Hazardous Materials3
FT 200Leadership and Ethics in Emergency Service3
Elective Requirements
Six additional units required. Select from the following or other FS courses listed in the catalog:6
Basic Wildland Firefighting
Fire Prevention I
Codes/Ordinances I
Total Units30

EMS 108 Emergency Medical Technician I Basic Training is strongly recommended in addition to the other requirements.

Fire Technology students without prior fire service experience must take FT 101 Introduction to Fire Protection before entering the fire academy.

The curriculum follows National Wildland Cooperation Group standards.

For a suggested program sequence, please contact the academic advisement office at 775-673-7062.