Fire Academy Post-Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate
Major Code: FIRE-VC
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
This is a limited-access program. Permission of the Fire Standards Program Manager is required to register for the courses.
Program Entry Requirements:
Priority admission will be granted to those candidates who (in order of preference):
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.
The following is a list of the qualifications for certification as a firefighter in Florida per Florida Statutes 633.412 Firefighters; qualifications for certification:
(1) A person applying for certification as a firefighter must:
Total program hours: 450
Courses beginning with a leading digit of "0", postsecondary adult vocational courses and AER prefix courses do not meet the requirements for an Associate in Arts or Bachelor's degree.
Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.
Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.