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Fire Department Company Officer Certificate

Program Details

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.


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

Accreditation & Licensing

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