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Fire Academy Post-Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate

Fire Academy Post-Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate
Major Code: FIRE-VC
CIP: 0743020303
Educational Plan: FIRE-VC

Program Description

The Firefighting Academy is designed satisfy Bureau of Fire Standards program requirements for Professional Firefighter Certification.  Students will receive a wide-range of classroom and hands-on training that includes live-fire training, vehicle extrication, ladder and fire hose operations, search and rescue, hazardous materials response, forcible entry, ventilation operations and fire detection and suppression practices.

Upon successful completion of this program and after meeting all College and BFST requirements, students will receive a certificate of completion in Firefighter I and II and will be eligible to sit for the State of Florida Minimum Fire Standards Certification examination.  A course grade of "C" (80 percent) is required for successful completion. Applicants must attend a mandatory information session to receive academy application paperwork.  Please note: Both day and evening classes start twice a year, in January and June.

Total program hours: 450

Program Admission

This is a limited-access program. Permission of the Fire Standards Program Manager is required to register for the courses.

Program Entry Requirements:

  • Candidates must be at least 18 years of age;
  • Candidates must apply to Seminole State College and be accepted as a student;
  • Applicants must be a successful completer of an EMT-B or Paramedic program prior to the start of the Fire Standards program;
  • Attempt the TABE or obtain an exemption prior to submission of the Academy application;
  • Complete and submit a Fire Standards application form;
  • Attend a mandatory "Firefighting Academy" orientation;
  • Complete the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training Medical Examination form;
  • Candidates must be a non-user of any form of tobacco products.

Priority admission will be granted to those candidates who (in order of preference):

  1. Successfully completed or is currently enrolled in an EMT-B or Paramedic program and is sponsored by a local Seminole County Fire Department.
  2. Successfully completed or is currently enrolled in a Florida Paramedic program.
  3. Successfully completed or is currently enrolled in an EMT-B or Florida Paramedic program and earned an Associate degree or higher. 
  4. Successfully completed or is currently enrolled in the EMT-B program at Seminole State College and completed the TABE test or show proof of exemption.
  5. Successfully completed or is currently enrolled in the EMT-B program at Seminole State College but has not completed the TABE requirement.
  6. Successfully completed or is currently enrolled in the EMT-B program at another institution. 

Scholastic Evaluation Examination Requirements:

TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education): Non-exempt candidates must receive a passing score in each of the subject areas: reading, language and math.
Candidates accepted into the program must complete this requirement by the sixth week of the Firefighting Academy or the student will be subject to withdrawal from the program regardless of grade point average in the program. If unsuccessful at obtaining a passing score on each subject exam,
the student must remediate and retake the exam until a passing score is achieved.

The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is offered through the office of Assessment and Testing Center located in Building A, Room A107. Contact their office at 407-708-2020 to schedule an appointment to test or answer questions.

Exemptions: Students may be exempted from the TABE requirement for several reasons. To obtain an exemption, you must contact the Assessment and Testing Center and request a TABE exemption. Due to the competitive nature of the Firefighting Academy application process and the intense coursework during the program, it is highly recommended that students accomplish the TABE requirement before applying to the program.

Qualification for Certification

The following is a list of the qualifications for certification as a firefighter in Florida per Florida Statutes 633.412 Firefighters; qualifications for certification:

A person applying for certification as a firefighter must:

  • Be a high school graduate or the equivalent, as the term may be determined by the division, and at least 18 years of age.
  • Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor relating to the certification or to perjury or false statements or a felony or a crime punishable by
    imprisonment of one year or more under the law of the United States or of any state thereof or under the law of any other country, or dishonorably
    discharged from any of the Armed Forces of the United States. "Convicted" means a finding of guilt or the acceptance of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere in any federal or state court or a court in any other country without regard to whether a judgment of conviction has been entered by the court having jurisdiction of the case.
  • Submit a set of fingerprints to the division with a current processing fee. The fingerprints will be forwarded to the Department of Law Enforcement for state processing and forwarded by the Department of Law Enforcement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for national processing.
  • Have a good moral character as determined by investigation under procedure established by the division.
  • Be in good physical condition as determined by a medical examination given by a physician, surgeon or physician assistant or an advanced
    registered nurse practitioner. Such examination may include, but need not be limited to, the National Fire Protection Association Standard 1582.
  • A medical examination evidencing good physical condition shall be submitted to the division, on a form as provided by rule, before an individual is eligible for admission into a course under s. 633.408.
  • Must be a non-user of tobacco products for at least one year immediately preceding application as evidenced by the sworn affidavit of the applicant.

Total program hours: 450

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