Fire Protection

What will I learn in this program?

The Certificate of Completion in Fire Protection is for returning students who already have a college degree in another field.  It provides students the opportunity to obtain basic knowledge of the fire protection field.  The certificate is also suitable for returning student who do not choose to pursue an Associate Degree.  The seven “core” courses required are recommended by the California Community College Association of Fire Technology Directors.  A new course on Firefighter Safety will be required starting in the Fall 2011 semester.

What kind of jobs can I get once I complete the program? How much will they pay? What “demand” is expected for these jobs?


Average Annual Salary (California)

Expected Regional Demand (2006-2016)

Forest and Conservation Technicians





2,700 (California)



4,900 (California)

Building Inspector


Faster than Average Growth

Fire Inspectors and Investigators




Does this program have any special enrollment requirements?

FSC 111 Fire Fighter Academy prerequisites are F SC 50-Introduction to Fire Science Technology, F SC 115- ICS 200, F SC 17 First Responder (or EMT/EMTP {in lieu of}), and a current medical release from a physician to participate in strenuous physical activities in the Fire Academy program. 

Does this program have any special costs?

Material/Equipment fees are approximately $500-$600 to cover uniform requirements, safety equipment requirements, certification fees charged by State Fire Training, and any costs associated with the medical release requirements.

How long will it take to complete this program?


Time to Complete*

Fire Protection Certificate

Two-three semesters

*Based on full-time attendance or 12 units per semester

How do I get more information on this program?

Department website:

Department contact information: 
Jim Connors, Interim Department Chair
Ocean Avenue Campus
(415) 239-3202

Program coordinator information:
Jim Connors, Fire Academy Co-Coordinator
(415) 239-3202, (650) 821-0211

Bill Long, Fire Officer and Work Experience Coordinator
(650) 821-0211