Meet with a CSM counselor to discuss how to achieve academic goals and to develop a comprehensive student educational plan (SEP).

University Transfer Program
60–70 transferable units

California State University
University of California
Independent Colleges and Universities

Gainful employment information for this certificate can be found online.

Program Overview

Students who wish to concentrate on meeting the basic requirements for entry-level employment are advised to complete FIRE 793 and FIRE 797. Fire agencies in California require completion of this training to meet minimum requirements for employment as a firefighter. However, many agencies are beginning to require an Associate degree for entry-level positions.

Students will develop entry-level expertise in the areas of fire suppression, fire prevention, training and administration. Opportunities also exist with private industry safety programs, insurance companies, and fire equipment manufacturing firms.

The Fire Technology field offers enhanced opportunities for employment to students who have completed CSM's program. Through the expertise of the faculty and the exposure to professional fire service personnel, students can expect to be trained in the latest theories and techniques of fire technology, firefighting skills, and emergency medical training.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses: 21 - 23 units Units
FIRE 715 Principles of Emergency Services 3 units
FIRE 720 Fire Prevention 3 units
FIRE 730 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3 units
FIRE 740 Building Construction for Fire Protection 3 units
FIRE 745 Fire Protection Systems 3 units
FIRE 748 Firefighter Safety & Survival 3 units
Plus, completion of the General Education English requirement as outlined in Section C (2) of the Associate in Arts/Science Degree Requirements. 3 - 5 units
Required Selective Courses: 12-14 units from the following courses: Units
FIRE 714 Wildland Fire Control 3 units
FIRE 725 Fire Apparatus and Equipment 3 units
FIRE 770 Fire Service Career Prep 3 units
FIRE 793 Firefighter I Academy 12 units
FIRE 797 Emergency Medical Technician: Basic 11 units
Other FIRE courses may be used with permission from the Fire Technology Coordinator and with an official course substitution approval on file in the Admissions and Records Office.
Total Required Units: 33 - 37