Fire Science Technology
Associate in Science (A.S.)
The Fire Science Technology Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program at Valencia College prepares you to go directly into a specialized career in fire services.
If you are good at making split-second decisions and staying calm in a crisis, then a career in fire fighting may be just for you. Students will gain an understanding of different fire and emergency hazards, and learn about effective operating procedures for fire prevention, control and management.
With your A.S. degree, you’ll be prepared to become a Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Investigator, Fire Assistant, Fire Science Technician or even a Fire Officer.
Our program can also be useful for careers in other public service areas or to provide current fire fighters and staff with enhanced training and education opportunities for promotion and career advancement.
- Fire Officer
- Fire Prevention
The A.S. degree in Fire Science Technology at Valencia College meets the requirements of the Florida Division of the State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Fire Standards and Training certification programs.
Note: Students who are Florida certified may be eligible to receive college credit toward the Fire Science A.S. degree program, based upon review of the required documentation by the Fire Rescue Institute at Valencia College. However, this is not guaranteed, and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Program Overview and Degree Requirements
Review course descriptions, important dates and deadlines and other programs details in the official college catalog.
Valencia’s certificate programs can put you on the fast track to reaching your career goals. They are designed to equip you with a specialized skill set for immediate employment or career advancement. Most can be completed in one year or less.
- Fire Officer Supervisor (College-Credit Certificate – 12 credits )
- Fire Fighter - Minimum Standards (Career Certificate)
- Fire Apparatus (Career Certificate)
Alternative Ways To Earn Credit
Did you know that you may already be eligible to receive college credit toward this program? Check out these opportunities:
- Industry Certifications – Receive college credit for approved Industry Certifications.
You want to step up. We have a path to a bachelor's.
Prepare for a supervisory or management role in your field with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Business and Organizational Leadership. After completing your A.S. degree, build on your skills and expand your career opportunities by continuing your education at Valencia College and earning a bachelor’s degree. We encourage you to meet with a career program advisor to create your personalized education plan.
Learn How To
- Protect the public by responding to fires and other emergencies.
- Inspect buildings and other structures to search for fire hazards and to ensure that fire codes are met.
- Test and inspect fire protection and fire extinguishing equipment to ensure that it works.
- Determine the origin and cause of fires by searching the surrounding scene and collecting evidence.
There are a variety of exciting career opportunities that are available in the fire services field. And, as cities and municipalities continue to grow and expand, there will be an increased need and demand for fire fighters, fire officers, fire inspectors and investigators to respond to and assist with emergencies and fire hazards.
- Fire Officer
- Fire Safety Inspector
- Fire Investigator
- Fire Assistant
- Fire Science Technician
AVERAGE SALARY RANGE
$30,000 - $45,000
The average placement rate for Valencia College A.S. degree and certificate programs ranges between 90 – 95% according to the latest FETPIP data.
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