Fire Technology at College of San Mateo - Fire Academy
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Fire Academy

The Fire Academy at College of San Mateo is state-certified as an accredited regional training program (ARTP). The academy is offered twice a year during the fall and spring semesters. Each presentation meets on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (0830 - 1730) for approximately 20 weeks. This is a 17 unit course. For more information about enrollment fees, visit the Fees page.

To get a general idea about other related costs, download the Fire Academy Course Needs document.
Each academy group will receive updated and current information once accepted into the course.

You must fill out an application and be accepted into the Fire Academy. In order to be eligible for admission, students must meet the following minimum requirements:
  • Possess a current, valid EMT certificate, AND
  • Have successfully completed FIRE 715 - Principles of Emergency Services, AND
  • Have successfully completed at least three (3) additional units of Fire Technology coursework
Students with at least one year of fire service experience in a fire suppression unit may use their experience in lieu of completed coursework.

All coursework must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Equivalent courses from another certified California Community College Fire Technology program will be accepted as well. All coursework must be completed when applying for the Fire Academy; "In Progress" coursework will not be accepted.

To ensure eligibility for an upcoming academy, your documentation should be in order by October for spring semester offerings and by May for fall semester offerings.

Application Submission Window:
Spring 2023 window is closed. Fall 2023 will be announced in May 2023.
  • Application packets will be accepted during the above dates or until the class fills, whichever happens first.
  • Packets received outside of these dates will not be considered and the applicant will be notified.

More information about applying to the fire academy
Instructions for Fire Academy application