Skills Certificate, Fire Suppression

Note: This degree/certificate leads to professional licensure. Licensing requirements vary by state/territory and relocating could impact whether you will meet eligibility requirements for licensure. Please visit our Professional Licensure Programs page for full details on State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement.

Program Description

The Fire Suppression Skills Certificate prepares a student to fight structure and wildland fires at a basic level and prepares students to become National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Nevada certified at the level of Firefighter I.  Upon completion student will have met or exceeded all national and state standards for NFPA/IFSAC Firefighter I, Hazardous Materials First Responder (Operational/Awareness), Basic Wildland Fire Fighter (S-110, 130, 190, 134, L-180), and Incident Command ICS 100/200, NIMS 700/800.

This program takes place in the classroom and off campus for practical skills.

This program is not eligible for financial aid. However, it may be eligible for scholarship funding if the student is awarded scholarships. 

Program courses may not transfer to a baccalaureate degree of art or science within the universities in the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE).

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
Completion of EMS 108 or current State of Nevada EMT certification and FT 101, or FT 102, or 6 months of fire experience required.  
FT 106 Firefighter I Academy 12
FT 131 Hazardous Materials 3
 Semester Total15
 Total Units15

Prerequisites - EMS 108 or current State of Nevada EMT certification and FT 101 Introduction to Firefighting or FT 102 Entry Level Firefighting or six months of fire experience.
Must show proof of CPR (Basic Life Support/Health Care Provider), health insurance, and be current on all vaccinations. In addition, a drug screening and a background check are required prior to the start of classes and must be 18 years or older.
To receive full NFPA/IFSAC Firefighter I students must provide a current State of Nevada EMT certification.
A Fire Academy orientation is mandatory. Students will be notified of specific dates and times with the acceptance email.
Due to the high mental and physical demand of this career, some accommodations that can be made in the classroom may not transfer to employment. Qualified, self-identified students with documented disabilities have the right to free accommodations to ensure equal access to educational opportunities at TMCC. For assistance contact TMCC's Disability Resource Center.

Skills Certificates provide training for entry level positions or career advancement and are designed to prepare students to take state, national and/or industry-recognized certifications or licensing exams. Skills certificates are awarded upon completion of coursework and marked on a student's transcripts at the end of the semester (Student are unable to declare intent to complete a skills certificate.) Skills Certificates are not eligible for Financial Aid. 

To earn a skills certificate, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  2. Have no financial or library obligation to the college
Emergency Medical Technician Training
current State of Nevada EMT certification
Introduction to Fire Protection
Entry Level Firefighter
or 6 months of fire experience.
FT 106Firefighter I Academy12
FT 131Hazardous Materials3
Total Units15

Students completing the certificate will:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge needed to fight structure and wildland fires at a basic level.
  • Demonstrate the skills needed to fight structure and wildland fires at a basic level.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to identify hazardous materials and safely handle and respond to a basic hazardous materials incident at an operational level.