Fire Fighter Certification

School of Justice fire fighters

The Fire Fighter Minimum Standards Program is a 492-hour course. The Program meets the requirements as set forth by the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training (BFST) for certification as a paid, professional firefighter. The Program consists of a Fire Academy class in which students will obtain a certification as a Florida State Certified Firefighter with the ability to work anywhere in the state of Florida. Proof of an USDOT First Responder course or state certification as an EMT or paramedic is required to receive approval to take the state firefighter certification examination. Therefore, it is recommended that applicants of the Fire Academy take First Responder before the start of class.

  1. View Fire Academy FAQ's
  2. View Fire Academy Application Packet: WORD | PDF
  3. Apply for Fire Academy Class
  4. PAT video
  5. Tour of the MDC Burn Building
  6. Firefighter/EMT Combined course information

Schedule - Full Time

  • Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Duration: 3 Months

Schedule - Part Time

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Saturday 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Duration: 5.5 Months

The Fire Fighter Minimum Standards Program is a physically and mentally challenging course that includes extensive classroom and practical field components.

Note: Only the Firefighter/EMT-Combined Program qualifies for federal financial aid.