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Certificate in Fire Service Administration


Pictured is Robert Skertich, Ph.D., director of the public administration program and fire chief of Hampton Police Department.

Earn Your Fire Service Administration Certificate Fully Online

Whether you are a volunteer or career firefighter, this 18-credit certificate — offered fully online — can help you build the skills necessary for leading your department into the future.

Developed from the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education program of the National Fire Academy, this certificate program will take your work experience and public safety training to a new level of leadership and management to help you advance your department and your career.

Volunteer firefighters: Consider using your passion for fire service to benefit you in your civilian job through a bachelor's degree in public administration. This degree provides a solid basis of knowledge and skills necessary for leading a variety of government and nonprofit organizations, as well as businesses.

Note for non-Pennsylvania residents: Point Park University is required to have authorizations to operate in states outside of Pennsylvania. Once you have applied for admission to Point Park, the University will determine our status for the state where you reside, and an admissions counselor will follow up with you directly on the admissions process.

Course Offerings

The following courses in the fire service administration certificate program are offered fully online:

  • Fire and Emergency Services Administration
  • Political and Legal Foundations of Fire Protection
  • Fire Prevention Organization and Management
  • Personnel Management for the Fire and Emergency Services OR Special Employee Relations
  • Community Risk Reduction for the Fire and Emergency Services
  • Applications of Fire Research

These courses can also be used to earn a minor in fire service administration or to help you on your way to a bachelor's degree in public administration. Also, many of your current Pennsylvania Department of Health, National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications and International Fire Service Accreditation Congress certifications can count toward college credit in our public administration program.

For a comprehensive list of program requirements and course descriptions, see the certificate requirements and the School of Business course descriptions.

Read our Gainful Employment Disclosure for this program.