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 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.

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. Please review the Fire Academy Application Requirements to prepare your packet.

Special Announcement:

Due to a variety of circumstances, there will be no Fire Academy offering for the spring 2021 semester.
This was a difficult decision to make and we do not take it lightly.
We understand that this will be an inconvenience and we sincerely apologize.

We plan to offer the Fire Academy again starting in the fall 2021 semester.
More information will be posted near the end of the spring semester.