Fire Technology Certificate of Achievement

Fire technology is the study of the organization and function of fire prevention and suppression techniques; fire behavior, combustible materials, extinguishing agents, hazardous and toxic material; fire protection techniques and systems; fire command and fire management (supervision).

The certificate of achievement is designed to provide students with skills necessary for employment or advancement as an entry-level firefighter. Students earning the certificate may also choose to continue their study toward an associate or baccalaureate degree in the field.

Past recipients of the COD (College of the Desert) Certificate of Achievement in Fire Technology have obtained positions as firefighter, firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and paramedic. This program follows the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) model from the National Fire Academy.

This program prepares individuals for an entry-level career in the fire service by providing a foundation of core concepts, practices, vocabulary, culture, safety and requirements for the fire service. Public and private careers can be pursued with completion of this certificate program.

Courses listed in the Fire Technology Certificate of Achievement will also count towards the  Associate of Science in Fire Technology  (transfer preparation and employment preparation).

Course Code Title Units
Required CoursesUnits
FIRE 001Principles of Emergency Services3
Principles of Emergency Services 1A
and Principles of Emergency Services 1B
FIRE 002Fire Prevention3
FIRE 003Fire Protection Systems3
FIRE 004Building Construction for Fire Protection3
FIRE 005Fire Behavior & Combustion3
FIRE 007Principles of Fire & Emergency Services Safety & Survival3
Select 4-8 units from the following (with Advisor approval):
FIRE 006Hazardous Materials/ICS3
FIRE 008Firefighting Strategies & Tactics3
FIRE 009Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply3
FIRE 010Wildland Fire Technology3
FIRE 024Report Writing for the Fire Service3
FIRE 095AFire Technology Work Experience1-4
CSFM 070Confined Space - Awareness0.5
CSFM 071Rapid Intervention Crew Operations0.5
CSFM 075Hazardous Materials First Responder Awareness Level0.5
CSFM 076Low Angle Rescue Operational0.5
CSFM 077AFire Investigation 1A: Fire Origin & Cause Determination2.5
CSFM 077BFire Investigation 1B: Techniques of Fire Investigation2.5
CSFM 079BI-200: Basic ICS1
CSFM 079CI-300: Intermediate ICS1.5
CSFM 079DI-400: Advanced ICS1
CSFM 083ACompany Officer 2A: Human Resource Management2
CSFM 083BCompany Officer 2B: General Administration Functions1
CSFM 083CCompany Officer 2C: Fire Inspections and Investigations2
CSFM 083DCompany Officer 2D: All Risk Command Operations2
CSFM 083ECompany Officer 2E: Wildland Incident Operations2
CSFM 085AFire Inspector 1A: Duties and Administration1
CSFM 085BFire Inspector 1B: Fire and Life Safety1
CSFM 085CFire Inspector 1C: Field Inspection1
CSFM 085DFire Inspector 1D: Field Inspection- California Specific1
BIT 026Building II & Fire Codes3
EMR 080Emergency Medical Responder3
EMT 084Emergency Medical Technician I9