Program Overview

The Fire Department Company Officer Certificate program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College prepares students for careers as company officers.  A company officer organizes, coordinates, and controls a fire response team.  This program teaches individuals critical topics for people who will be prepared to supervise a fire team upon completion of this course.  This course meets qualification standards for state certification and graduates of the program will have the potential to obtain a Minnesota Fire Officer I and II certification or the equivalent in their state.

The program educates student on everything about being a fire team supervisor including how to conduct emergency scene operations, lead subordinates, and integrate leadership theories into real life situations and duties.  Students will learn how to talk about the role of the fire team in the community, develop and present company level training, align company needs with the department budget, and write company level documents.  There are seven fire courses (plus one course in college writing) that include topics such as building construction for fire protection, emergency services, protection systems, and leadership and management.

This program is 22 credits hours and is designed to take a full-time student four semesters, though part-time students and students pursuing multiple degrees may take longer to complete the program.  Those who are interested in this program must have at least two years’ experience in fire service.  There are several employment opportunities for recipients of this certificate including firefighting and prevention supervisors in the areas of first-line, forest fires, and municipal.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    The Fire Department Company Officer program is designed for individuals who have a minimum of two years experience as fire service personnel.

    School Overview

    Minnesota State Community and Technical College (“M State”) is a two-year public institution of higher education, located in the city of Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Students can enroll in courses at M State’s campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena. The Fergus Falls campus has a liberal arts focus, and about 75 percent of its students transfer to four-year colleges and universities after they attend M State.

    M State offers associate's degree and certificate programs. Many students at M State choose to complete the first two years of their bachelor's degree by earning a University Transfer degree at any of the or online through eCampus. M State’s eCampus offers over 25 programs and majors that can be completed entirely online.


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