Career Certificate (Clock Hour program)
This is a Limited Access program.
This program prepares students for certification and initial employment as fire fighters in the state of Florida. Successful program completion will qualify students to take the state minimum standards written and practical examination as administered by the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training.
In addition to community fire departments, there are opportunities in federal and state installations such as airports and small, private fire fighting companies. There is also a need for inspectors, investigators, forest rangers, and smoke jumpers. In all cases, employment is based on high test scores and outstanding skills.
The Firefighter program qualifies you to sit for the state minimum standards written, oral and practical examination as administered by the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training.
The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a major criterion in a student’s completion of the program. In order to earn the Career Certificate, students must achieve or surpass the designated exit score(s) on the TABE or qualify for a TABE waiver. Visit fscj.edu/assessment/available-assessments/tabe/tabe-certificate for program exit scores or bit.ly/TABEwaiver for the TABE waiver form. Students with prior coursework, test scores or licensing may qualify for a TABE waiver and can visit or contact any College Assessment and Certification Center to have the waiver processed and added to their individual student record. College Assessment and Certification locations and information can be found at fscj.edu/assessment. For students who do not meet the required TABE scores and need assistance in order to meet the exit requirement(s), the College offers remediation through the Applied Academics for Adult Education (8525) (N.C.) program. Remediation consists of tutoring, referral to online resources and/or completion of the following coursework in Reading, Mathematics and Language:
Students interested in this program should be advised by the instructor or Program Manager before enrolling in coursework.
Firefighter is a Limited Access program and admission in the program is based upon the following criteria. All needed instructions and paperwork are provided during the admission process.
To meet the minimum requirements for consideration for acceptance into the program, applicants must complete the following as instructed during the admission process:
- Provide evidence of a successful completion of an accredited EMT or paramedic certification.
- Be at least 18 years of age and have earned a high school standard diploma or equivalency degree (must provide official high school transcripts).
- Submit a lifetime driving history from each state that you have been a licensed driver.
- Take and pass a physical fitness test with a timed score of 7 minutes or less.
- Submit notarized copy of statement of meeting minimum requirements of a fire fighter in the state of Florida.
- Submit DD-214, if prior military.
- Submit official college transcripts.
- Submit an affidavit of non-use of tobacco.
- Students may start without EMT or paramedic certification but must have earned one of these certifications prior to starting .
Subsequent to acceptance, certified fire and rescue departments are required to have all employees complete drug screening and a criminal background check for employment. Completion of this program is intended to lead to employment in certain safety sensitive positions that are also physically demanding. To ensure student safety as well as employability in the widest possible manner, all students are required to submit drug screening and criminal background check results and a physical exam to the Fire Academy prior to enrolling in the program. Additionally, applicants must:
- Submit proof of medical insurance to remain in force for the duration of program.
- Complete the Application for Certification as a Fire Fighter. Visit the Florida Division of State Fire Marshal Bureau of Fire Standards and Training at fldfs.com/division/sfm/bfst/ for more information.
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Note: Admissions preference is given to fully qualified candidates who have met all entrance criteria, and have met the exit TABE requirements or have submitted a TABE waiver.
Need More Information? Contact:
Michael “Jason” Carpenter, Fire Academy of the South, (904) 645-3015 or firstname.lastname@example.org