Firefighter I Basic Training Academy Certificate

The objective of this certificate is to develop the skills required for Firefighter I Certification and to develop the teamwork skills, attitudes and public service commitment necessary for employment in the fire service. Completion of this certificate may lead to entry-level employment as a firefighter in the public or private sectors. The Firefighter I Basic Training Academy is approved by the California State Fire Marshal’s Office as an accredited Regional Training Center.

Admission: Open to all students who have completed the prerequisite courses. Registration is limited to class size restrictions. Contact the Fire Technology program for application materials.

Admission to the Fire Academy will be based on a point system. Applicants earn points for each of the following:

1 point

Completed application delivered to the Crafton Hills College Fire Technology department two months prior to the start date of the Fire Academy

1 point

Successful completion of FIRET 116, Building Construction for Fire Protection or the equivalent

1 point

Successful completion of FIRET 103, Fire Protection Systems or the equivalent

1 point

Successful completion of FIRET 102, Fire Behavior and Combustion or the equivalent

1 point

Successful completion of Principles of FIRET 114, Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival or the equivalent

5 points

Successful completion of AS degree in Fire Technology

10 points

Successful interview with the Academy Chief

Major/Program Requirements

Candidates must successfully complete a minimum of (16) sixteen units of prescribed coursework. A minimum grade of "C" must be maintained in all required coursework to remain in the Fire Academy and to recieve the Firefighter I Basic Training Academy Certificate. NOTE: A "C" or better in these courses is considered to be 80% or higher.


FIRET 100Fire Protection Organization


FIRET 101Fire Prevention Technology


Total Credit Hours:6

EMS 020 or successful completion of the NREMT (National Registry Examination for the Emergency Medical Technician) or currently certified as an EMT in California

Completion of either a "CPAT" (Candidate Physical Ability Test) or the Biddle Physical Agility Test within four months prior to the first day of the academy.

Completion of the Crafton Hills College assessment test. (Note: A degree is accepted in lieu of assessment test results.)

Completed Medical Clearance for Firefighters.

Successful interview with the Academy Chief prior to acceptance into the Fire Academy.

Required Courses:

FIRET 049Basic Firefighter Physical Fitness


FIRET 115Firefighter I Basic Training Academy


Total Credit Hours:16

Recommended Courses:

ENGL 101Freshman Composition



ENGL 101HFreshman Composition-Honors



FIRET 902Firefighter Physical Agility Preparation


MATH 090Elementary Algebra


Total Credit Hours:10.5

Total Credit Hours: 22

A student receiving a certificate in this field will be able to:

  • Participate successfully in a culturally diverse environment
  • Develop effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Solve problems and makes decisions inherent to the profession