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

The Firefighter I Academy is state-certified as an accredited regional training program (ARTP). The Academy meets on Monday and Wednesday evenings (1800 - 2200) and Saturdays (0800 - 1800), as well as some Sundays (0800 - 1800) during fall and spring semesters. This course is 12 units. For more information about enrollment fees, visit the Fees page.

For more information about other related costs, download the Fire Academy Course Needs document.

The pre-requisite for the FFI Academy is admission 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 academy offerings, and by April for Fall academy offerings.

Fall 2020 Application Submission Window:  Class is full for Fall 2020; we are not accepting additional applications.
  • 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 will be returned to the applicant.

Due to the risks associated with COVID-19, we will be taking a smaller number of students for the Fall 2020 course
Fire Academy Application Requirements