Whether you are a volunteer or career firefighter, the 18-credit certificate in fire service administration can help you build the skills necessary for leading your department into the future.
This certificate program, developed from the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education program of the National Fire Academy, takes 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.
The following courses are offered in the fire service administration certificate program:
- 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 program guide and School of Business course descriptions.
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