Bakersfield College

Chief Officer Certification (NFPA Standard 1021)

Certificate of Achievement

The Fire Chief Certification will prepare students currently employed in fire science occupations to qualify for promotions such as to Battalion Chief and higher. This training utilizes curricula developed by the California Fire Service Training and Education System (CFSTES, the training branch of the California State Fire Marshall) and meets California Board of Fire Services standards. Certification as a CSFM Fire Officer provides in-service fire personnel the ability to promote and advance in their careers and may provide for educational pay incentives.

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 Chief Officer Certification (NFPA Standard 1021) Certificate of Achievement.

To Transfer Coursework
A minimum of 22 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:

  • define the components of the Incident Command System. 
  • describe the organizational structure used within large scale hazardous materials incidents, including basic duties and responsibilities of key division positions such as incident commander, safety officer, and public information officer.
  • list the common types of high-rise hazards and concerns during fire suppression operations.
  • describe the history of emergency management and planning for large scale disasters.
  • list command tasks and responsibilities associated with emergency operations involving wild land fires.
  • analyze and write policy statements that guide fire service organizations.
  • develop general personnel administration practices consistent with local, state, and federal statutory and regulatory requirements.
  • describe the ten steps of the planning process.
  • identify the roles and responsibilities of management personnel within the organization.
  • diagram a sample Unified Command structure for a major incident simulation.

Total Units: 22


Required Courses

Course Number Course Title Units
FIRE B50A Fire Command 2-Command Tactics at Major Fires 2.0
FIRE B50B Fire Command 2b-Scene Management at Major Incidents 2.0
FIRE B50C Fire Command 2c-High Rise Fire Tactics 2.0
FIRE B50D Fire Command 2d - Management of Large Scale Disasters 2.0
FIRE B50E Fire Command 2e-Wildland Tactics 2.0
FIRE B50F Fire Management 2a-Organizational Development and Human Relations 2.0
FIRE B50G Fire Management 2b,Fire Service Financial Management 2.0
FIRE B50H* Fire Management 2c-Computer Application for the Fire Service 2.0
FIRE B50I Fire Management 2D-Strategic Planning 2.0
FIRE B50J Fire Management 2e,Ethics and the Challenge of Leadership 2.0
FIRE B50K* Fire Investigation 2.0

*Courses are offered from State Fire Marshall’s Office only.

**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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