The Fire Service Certificate program provides specific education, training, and skills needed to obtain employment at a fire department. The Emergency Medical Technician course and the Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2 courses that are part of the certificate prepare students for the State of Ohio’s Certification exams.

Successful completion of the state exams is required before certification cards are issued by the State of Ohio.

The Fire Service certificate program offers a fast track to employment. All credits earned while completing this certificate also can be applied to the Fire Service Technology associate’s degree.


Program Chair

William (Bill) Mehbod

Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Work at fire departments

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Firefighter
  • Emergency Medical Technician

Graduate Employment Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment of firefighters will grow about 4 percent through 2032, about as fast as the average for all occupations

$52,500 median annual salary

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Education Options

Transfer History

  • Graduates of the Fire Science Technology associate's degree program who complete an optional set of additional classes may continue at the University of Cincinnati to earn a bachelor’s degree

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Site

  • Certificate does not include co-op or internship


Program Chair

William (Bill) Mehbod


Effective 2023-2024 academic year

Fire Service Certificate (FSTC)

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
FST 105 Firefighter Physical Preparedness 1 2 2
FST 101 Fire Cadet Fundamentals 1 2 2
FST 136 Emergency Vehicle Operator 0 2 1
EMS 110 Emergency Medical Technician Theory and Practice 5 4 7
Semester 2
FST 131 Firefighter Professional 1 4 6 6
FST 123 Principles of Emergency Services 3 0 3
FST 120 Fire Behavior and Combustion 2 0 2
Semester 3
FST 132 Firefighter Professional 2 3 6 5
XXX XXX  FST/EMS Elective 3 0 3
Total Credits: 22 22 31


FST/EMS Elective
FST 129 Fire Prevention 3
FST 143 Hazard Recognition Officer 3
EMS 120 Paramedic Anatomy and Physiology 3

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