Fire Technology (Certificate N0486)

Technology and Health Division
Certificate N0486

The Fire Science Certificate has been developed to offer pre-employment education for the undergraduate who desires to enter the field of fire science. It also provides the employed firefighter an opportunity for a professional education. Students intending to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree (transfer program) should consult with a counselor or advisor to discuss transferability of courses.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
FIRE 1Fire Protection Organization3
FIRE 2Fire Prevention Technology3
FIRE 3Fire Protection Equipment and Systems3
FIRE 4Building Construction for Fire Protection3
FIRE 5Fire Behavior and Combustion3
FIRE 13Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival3
Choose two courses from the following:5.5-19
Hazardous Materials/ICS
Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategy
Fire Company Organization and Management
Fire Hydraulics
Arson and Fire Investigation
Fire Apparatus and Equipment
Wildland Fire Control
Basic Fire Academy
Physical Training for the Basic Fire Academy
Total Units23.5-37

Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence  

The Fire Technology program is a Regionally Accredited Training Program (ARTP). The Office of the State Fire Marshall (OSFM) has a responsibility for accreditation of ARTP's throughout the State of California. An ARTP shall provide the following delivery components:

1. California Fire Service Training and Education System (CFSTES)
2. California Fire Service Training and Education Program (FSTEP)
3. Fire Incident Command Certification System (CICCS)
4. California Community College Chancellor's Office Standard Fire Technology Degree Core Program


Office of the State Fire Marshall
1131 S. Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-8200

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Define fire department organization, culture, and methods of communication of entry level fire department personnel.
  • Analyze and assess firefighter hazards, and demonstrate safe practices by using minimum standard safety procedures.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of fire prevention efforts and a resulting reduction of life and property loss.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of strategy and tactics required for the proper selection and safe use of firefighting methods, techniques, tools, and equipment.
  • Identify fire chemistry and behavior for the purpose of predicting fire dynamics and flame spread characteristics.
  • Identify components of built-in and portable fire protections systems and alarm and notification devises.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the 5 basic types of construction. Identify the components and hazards related to each type.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Leadership and Management concepts as they relate to emergency and non-emergency situations.

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.
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