2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 19, 2024  
2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Fire Science Technical Certificate

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Program and Career Description:

The Fire Science Certificate at Columbia State is designed to prepare current and future firefighters for careers and advancement in the firefighting profession.  Coursework will be delivered in a blend of on-ground, hybrid, and online formats.
The program is designed for those who have little or no experience with the fire service industry  in preparation for entry-level positions.  The certificate may also allow experienced firefighters to expand learning with credit for knowledge and skills gained through training and certifications.

How long is the program?

The Fire Science Certificate can be earned in as few as two semesters on a full-time basis or paced part-time for individual students.

What does the program provide?

Outcome based classroom learning combined with practical experiences which prepare students for state credentialing, gainful in-field employment, career satisfaction, and advancement potential.

How is the job market?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there will be an increase of 17,4000 Firefighter jobs from 2014 to 2024, which is a 5% growth rate.
Entry-Level Pay
Median Pay
Experienced Pay
Fire Fighter
Career and salary information taken from PayScale.com, JOBS4TN.GOV, and Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor on the internet at www.bls.gov.  Check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook on this website for additional information about similar occupations, education and requirements and abilities, and job outlook for these careers.  Salaries are not guaranteed.


Transfer Options

Courses may be combined with selected courses from another degree/certificate to develop a personal academic plan for the General Technology AAS.  Students with a General Technology AAS degree have multiple options for university transfer.  Transfer credit is awarded at the discretion of the receiving institution.  Students are advised to inquire directly with advisors at the university of choice regarding expectations for transfer.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

The Fire Science program provides fundamental knowledge that applies to a variety of jobs within the fire science.  Depending on your career choice duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Maintain fire equipment
  • Control and extinguish fire
  • Inspect facilities for fire safety purposes
  • Conduct fire safety education programs
  • Instruct and/or advise others on the use of equipment
  • Prepare reports and maintain records

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

Depending upon the chosen area within the fire industry must be able to:
  • Lift a reasonable amount of weight
  • Visually assess a situation
  • Respond to auditory signals
  • Communicate verbally and in writing
  • Analyze problems and determine solutions
  • Work independently and in cooperation with others

Program Entry Requirements

  • Complete an application for admission
  • Satisfy the rotation requirements
  • Attend any required information/registration sessions

Requirements for Graduation include:

  • Earn 25% of total program credits in residence at Columbia State.
  • Earn a GPA of at least 2.0 in program courses.
  • Earn A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Program Requirements


If you have completed TN eCampus courses, run a degree audit from the student tab in myChargerNet to determine how these courses apply to this program.

Program begins Spring 2019; therefore, Gainful Employment information is not available at this time.


For more information contact:

Jeremy Martin at

jmartin81@columbiastate.edu or 931.540.2812


Health Sciences Division office at

931.540.2599 or 931.540.2600



Columbia State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educational institution.


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