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Established in 2002, the Fire Officer Certificate Program provides a structured delivery of curriculum and academic rigor for individuals who wish to further their professional development without the time and expense of traditional college classes. This program has been developed and evaluated to ensure it provides knowledge and information regarding the responsibilities expected for current or aspiring company officers. Two-thirds of the required courses are approved by the American Council on Education and meet their standards for academic credit hours. These approved courses may be transferable at your local educational institute pending their approval.

Benefits of the program

  • Online and blended courses with greater access and more availability
  • Regularly scheduled classes
  • Save time and money on travel and overtime
  • Simplified requirements
  • Assists in the promotion of company officers
  • Offers continuing education for company officers
  • Curriculum is applicable to fire science degrees

How to enroll

  • Complete the Fire Officer Certificate Program application.
  • Pay the $150 program fee. (Program fee does not include required course enrollment fees or textbooks.)

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How to graduate

Participants must complete the required courses totaling 288 hours of instruction within three years to graduate.


* Required prior to the program.
** Required prior to taking Fire Officer I.

Required courses

Course enrollment fees and textbooks are required and not included in the $150 program fee.

Title Online Hours ACE
Company Officer Strategy and Tactics 40
Emergency Services Leadership 40
Emergency Services Management 40
Fire Officer I* – (Blended) – prerequisites required   40  
Fire Officer II* – (Blended) – prerequisites required   40  
Fire Service Science 40
Principles of Emergency Services, Safety and Survival 40
Principles of Fire Prevention and Protection Services 40
Simulated Incident Management for First Arriving Officer   8  
Total hours   288  
* Fire Officer I and Fire Officer II may be substituted with an International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) or ProBoard completion certificate.

Online courses are instructor-led and completely online; they are available within a defined delivery period.

Blended courses are a combination of online instructor-led and traditional classroom delivery.

Online course schedule

  • Two online courses are available every quarter (January, April, July and October).
  • Courses are open for registration for the first two months of the quarter.
  • Students must complete the class by the end of the third month of the quarter (March, June, September and December).
  • Online course availability will rotate quarterly.

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Blended and traditional class schedule

  • Available periodically throughout the year.

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