Graduates of the Firefighter Minimum Standards Certificate Program are prepared to become a credentialed Firefighter after successful completion of the State of Florida Firefighter II Certification exam. This program provides training for Southwest Florida firefighters in partnership with the North Collier Fire Training Center. Students must satisfy the requirements set forth by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 1001 and Florida State Statute 69A-37.
Firefighters control and extinguish fires or respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. Duties may include fire prevention, emergency medical service, hazardous material response, search and rescue, and disaster assistance.
This 398 clock hour certificate takes six (6) months to complete. Classes are held in North Collier Fire Training Center on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and on Saturdays. The cost for this course varies due to equipment needs. Approximately $4,100 will cover course application, gear rental (if needed), uniforms, books, testing, fingerprints, etc. Current occupational employment and wages data for Fire Fighters are published by the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes332011.htm.
Spring Semester Start - Application due by November
Summer Semester Start - Application due by May
The Firefighter Minimum Standards Certificate Program has limited enrollment. The Firefighter Minimum Standards Program is a physically and mentally challenging course that includes extensive classroom and practical field components. Students must be physically prepared for the vigorous physical activity required to successfully complete the program. The Physical Ability Test (PAT) will ensure that all candidates entering the program have the physical ability to complete the course. Students must pass the Physical Ability Test prior to admission to the program.
Acceptance to Florida SouthWestern State College does not imply acceptance into the Firefighter Minimum Standards Certificate program. Each applicant must meet specific criteria which are listed in the admission policies. The Criteria for Admission Policies are available through the program office or through the School of Health Professions office at (239)489-9392. Admission applications are located at www.fsw.edu/academics/programs/certfireacademy.
After acceptance, students must complete the following:
- State Fire Marshall Medical Health Form (DFS-K4-1022)
- Current Certification in American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (CPR and AED).
- Criminal records check at the applicant's expense.