Bakersfield College

Fire Technology

Certificate of Achievement

Gainful Employment Information

This certificate was developed to assist students who desire to become a firefighter, or desire Fire Technology as a career. This certificate will aid existing firefighters in promoting/advancing through the ranks of engineer, captain, battalion chief, etc. The Bakersfield Fire Department requires an associate degree before a captain can take the promotional exam for battalion chief. This course of study will transfer to a four-year institution. 

Note: FIRE B1 is a prerequisite and must be completed before taking other core fire technology courses. FIRE B1 can be waived if the student has completed either academy (B62 or B63) and B2 can be waived for students who have a minimum of two years continuous experience as a full-time paid firefighter. A GPA of at least 2.0 is required in the fire technology program. Of the 30 units required, a minimum of 12 units must be completed at Bakersfield College. Bakersfield College’s Regional Fire Technology Academy (RFTA) was authorized by the California Fire Service Training and Education System in 1980, with programs of study leading to Certified Fire and Certified Fire Chief. RFTA sponsors many cooperative training programs with federal, state, and local fire protection agencies. Individuals may develop a program suitable to their career goals with the aid of a college counselor. Courses may lead to the achievement of specific career goals, immediate employment, an associate degree, or transfer credits that satisfy requirements for a bachelor’s degree in Fire Technology.

To Achieve the Certificate of Achievement
Upon completion of the following courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded a Fire Technology Certificate of Achievement.

To Transfer Coursework
A minimum of 33.5 semester units in the major with a grade of ‘C’ or better while maintaining a minimum grade point average of at least 2.0 in all California State University transferable coursework.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • identify minimum qualifications and entry-level skills for fire fighter hiring.
  • describe the following elements:
    • application process.
    • physical agility exam.
    • oral interview.
    • chief’s interview.
    • background investigation.
    • fire fighter probationary process.
  • identify fire service history, culture, and diversity.
  • demonstrate the ability to analyze, appraise, and evaluate fire and emergency incidents and identify components of emergency management and fire fighter safety, including:
    • size-up.
    • report on conditions.
    • Incident Command System.
    • RECEO.
    • 10 Standard Firefighting Orders.
    • 18 Situations that shout “Watch Out.”
    • common factors associated with injuries and line of duty deaths.

Total Units: 33.5-36.5


Required Courses

Course Number Course Title Units
FIRE B1 Fire Protection Organization 3.0
FIRE B2 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival 3.0
  -or-  
FIRE B7 Building Construction for Fire Protection 3.0
FIRE B3 Fire Command, Strategy and Tactics 3.0
  -or-  
FIRE B51B Fire Command 1A 2.0
FIRE B4 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3.0
FIRE B5 Fire Prevention 3.0
  -or-  
FIRE B51D Fire Prevention 1A 2.0
  -and-  
FIRE B51E Fire Prevention 1B 2.0
FIRE B6 Fire Protection Equipment and Systems 3.0
FIRE B72H Emergency Medical Technician I 7.5

Required General Education Courses

Course Number Course Title Units
ENGL B50* Introduction to College Composition 4.0
  -or-  
ENGL B1A Expository Composition 3.0
PSYC B1A General Psychology 3.0
  -or-  
SOCI B1 Introduction to Sociology 3.0
COMM B1 Public Speaking 3.0
  -or-  
COMM B2 Interpersonal Communication 3.0
  -or-  
COMM B4 Persuasive Communication 3.0
  -or-  
COMM B8 Small Group Communication 3.0

Total Units: 37-39

*ENGL B60 may be substituted for ENGL B50 or ENGL B1a for Fire Technology Certificate of Achievement only.

Note: FIRE B1 and B2 are waived for students who have a minimum of 2 years service as a paid, full-time firefighter. A GPA of at least 2.0 is required in the certificate program. Of the 33.5-36.5 units required, a minimum of 12 units must be completed at Bakersfield College.


**The courses and unit values on this page are representative of the typical values and courses required by this program. They are taken from the most current catalog, and therefore may not be accurate for the degree or certificate requirements for some students, depending on your year of catalog rights. Please refer to your appropriate catalog or see a counselor for accurate degree requirements.


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