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2024-2025 Collin College Catalog 
2024-2025 Collin College Catalog

Fire Officer, Level 1 Certificate

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There is nothing more regarding than being able to take pride in your work. As a graduate of Collin College’s Fire Academy program, you will be ready when the alarm sounds, your instincts kick in and life goes from zero to 100 in a matter of seconds. You can be proud that you help others, responding to high-stress situations - saving lives and property.

Fire Academy

Collin College’s Fire Academy is one of the most highly regarded programs in the state. Fire Academy graduates from Collin College can be found throughout Texas - all of them making a difference in their communities. This certification program was developed to prepare you for a career as a professional firefighter and includes Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training for state certification. Many fire departments require applicants to complete basic firefighter training before they take a fire department entrance exam.

Collin College’s Fire Academy meets the curriculum requirements for certification as a basic firefighter for the state of Texas and was developed to prepare students for a career as a professional firefighter. The program is offered on both full-time (one semester) and part-time (two semesters) schedules. Students are required to complete Emergency Medical technician (EMT-B) training either before or after completing fire training. Credits earned in the Fire Academy can be applied to the AAS - Basic Firefighter degree plan to help jumpstart a rewarding career in the fire service.

Firefighters with a well-balanced educational background will be better prepared to serve their communities. Collin College’s Fire Science program is designed to give you the certifications and experience necessary for effective decision-making and leadership skills in the fire department. You will receive technical knowledge needed to combat the fire problems created by modern living and develop leadership skills required of a Fire Officer.

This certification program was developed to prepare you for a career as a professional fire officer and includes multiple state certifications often required by fire departments for promotion to leadership ranks.

Fire Science

Collin College’s Fire Science program meets the curriculum requirements for several certifications including: Fire Instructor I, II; and Fire Officer I, II. The certification courses are offered on-line, while other courses are offered face-to-face for optimal skill practice and application. Credits earned in the Fire Officer certificate program can be applied to the AAS - Fire Officer Certification degree plan to meet promotional requirements in area fire departments.

Some courses require a permit for registration. Permits are granted by contacting the Fire Science Office at 972-548-6836.

Collin College’s Fire Academy program is approved by the Texas Commission on Fire Commission, Certified Training Facilities.


Regulations governing this program require all applicants to meet specific functional abilities - some are without accommodations - for admission and/or successful completion of the program. The specific functional requirements are found in the Functional Abilities/Core Performance Standards documents provided in the program information and application packets. Students who think they may not be able to meet the functional standards and need accommodation are encouraged to contact the ACCESS department or Program Director as soon as this program is of interest.


  • 18 years of age
  • Provide proof of high school graduation or GED
  • Complete Collin College application
  • Complete program application
  • Complete Accuplacer - Next Generation Reading test (minimum score - 250)
  • Complete Accuplacer - Next Generation Arithmetic test (minimum score - 250)
  • Complete WritePlacer test (Minimum score 4)
  • Complete the physical ability exam and personal interview scheduled through the Program Director
  • Criminal history check
  • Applicant must be in academic good standing with a 2.0 or higher GPA

Registration is by permission only. Additional information may be obtained from the Fire Science Office located at the Public Safety Training Center at 3600 Redbud Blvd, McKinney, Texas 75069 or at the Fire Science website: http://www.collin.edu/firescience.

Total Credit Hours: 17

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