Fire Academy

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Designed to equip students with the knowledge and practical skills necessary for certification as entry-level firefighters. Successful completion with a "B" or higher allows students to sit for the Firefighter 1 and 2 certification examinations as conducted by the Arizona Center for Fire Service Excellence.

Program Purpose


Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in fire science that will prepare them for employment as firefighters.

Learning Outcomes


  • Describe the organization of the fire department.
  • Explain the mission of the fire service and of the local fire department.
  • Explain the role of other agencies that may respond to emergencies.
  • Summarize guidelines for radio communications.
  • Describe the characteristics of hose appliances and tools.
  • Describe the suppression characteristics of firefighting foam.
  • Explain why bulk transport vehicle fires are difficult incidents.
  • Discuss the roles of firefighters and investigators at investigations.
  • Describe basic actions taken for patient management.
  • Describe the three methods of moving water in a system.
  • Describe types of heat detectors.
  • Discuss the fire prevention activities of reviewing community data and code enforcement.

Program Map


Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

                                                                           Equal Opportunity Employer/Program

                                Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  Rev. 10/2022

First Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
EMS 152 Basic Emergency Medical Technician or certification as an EMT-B 12 Major Requirement
    12  

Second Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
FSC 150 Fire Academy 16 Major Requirement
PER 101 Fitness for Life 1 Major Requirement
    17  

Third Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
FSC 112 Hazordous Materials Awareness and Operations 6 Major Requirement
    6  
Open the program map above to view the recommended classes to complete the program. You can also print the program map using the button above.

Additional Information


Application available now!

File Name Downloads
Fire Application Checklist Download

Class starts:

  • Tuesday, January 17, 2023
  • Tuesday - 6:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Thursday - 6:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Saturday - 7:00AM - 5:00PM

Check the Fire Science program page for any additional information.