Certificate of Achievement, Fire Science Technology

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Program Description

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

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
Communications 3 3
FT 101
Introduction to Fire Protection
or Entry Level Firefighter
FT 131 Hazardous Materials 3
FT 110 Basic Wildland Firefighting 3
Electives 3 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
Mathematics 3 3
Human Relations 3 3
Electives 3 9
 Semester Total15
 Total Units30

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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 Certificate of Achievement.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Business Speech Communications
Composition Enhanced 1
Composition I 1
Human Relations3
Principles of Management
Leadership and Human Relations
Mathematics 23
Math for Allied Health and Public Safety Programs
Fundamentals of College Mathematics 2
Certificate Requirements
FT 101Introduction to Fire Protection3
or FT 102 Entry Level Firefighter
FT 110Basic Wildland Firefighting3
FT 131Hazardous Materials3
Elective Requirements12
12 additional credits, select from the following or any other EMS, EMHS, FS, FT, or MATH credits:
Emergency Medical Technician Training 3
Fire Prevention I
Codes/Ordinances I
Build Construction I
Leadership and Ethics in Emergency Service
Total Units30

ENG 100 or ENG 101 is required to complete the BAS, Emergency Management & Homeland Security unless you place directly in to ENG 102.


MATH 120 or higher is required to complete the BAS, Emergency Management & Homeland Security.


EMS 108 or equivalent strongly recommended.

The curriculum follows National Wildland Cooperation Group standards.

FT 101 or 102 or 6 months fire experience needed to enter Fire Academy.

Students completing the certificate will:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the different theaters of firefighting and prevention.
  • Identify and properly use the different equipment needed in the different theaters of firefighting.