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Annual Salary
Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $37,308.
Work Local
95% of our recent graduates work in Wisconsin.
Recent Graduates
There are 24 recent graduates of this Madison College program.
Fire Service Certification
Program Number: 305032
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Law, Protective and Human Services
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
10 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 semester
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  • Program Overview

    The Fire Academy includes 200 hours of firefighting training that prepares you for the State of Wisconsin Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2 certification examinations. Successful completion of both the Fire Academy and the EMT program will provide you with a diploma in Fire Service Certification.

    Program Details

    Students in the Fire Academy can attend part time.

    Academy classes are offered in two formats:

    • Three days a week during the day
    • In the evenings and one weekend a month

    Fire Service Certification classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax

    The Fire Recruit Academy prepares you to test for International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) certification.


    The Madison College Fire 1 and Fire 2 classes are accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) 


    Fire Service Certification graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field including:

    • Firefighter
    • EMT

    With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

    • Fire Protection Technician
    • Fire Protection Systems Installer
    • Industrial Safety Technician
    • Property Risk Management Specialist
    • Fire Protection Consultant
    • Fire Protection Equipment Sales Manager
    • Industrial Safety Manager
    • Municipal Safety Manager
    • Property Loss/Risk Management Supervisor
    • Fire Investigator
    • Fire Marshal
    • Fire Inspector
    • Fire Officer

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    Fire Service Jobs


    Madison College graduate wearing a firefighter's helmet
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    Required Courses
    5 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    1. Register for a Fire Academy section via your student account.
    2. Register for the EMT portion by following the instructions on the admission tab on the EMT program page.

    You must complete both EMT and Fire Academy to earn the diploma. You do not need to take them during the same semester.

    After Enrollment

    You will receive a letter with additional instructions including equipment and book requirements.


  • Career Outcomes

    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates272824
      Number of Surveys Sent272824
      Number of Surveys Returned12020
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment159
      Percent Available for Employment100.00%38.50%75.00%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market0.00%115.40%91.70%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed159
      Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%100.00%100.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation146
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation100.00%80.00%66.70%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation013
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation0.00%20.00%33.30%
      Employed - No Response000
      Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment000
      Percent Seeking Employment0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)43.83.2
      Number of Satisfaction Responses11312
      Very Satisfied (4)1105
      Percent Very Satisfied100.00%76.90%41.70%
      Satisfied (3)035
      Percent Satisfied0.00%23.10%41.70%
      Unsatisfied (2)001
      Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%8.30%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)001
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%8.30%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses12020
      Preparation for Getting a Job182
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job100.00%40.00%10.00%
      Career Change021
      Percent Career Change0.00%10.00%5.00%
      Improvement of Existing Skills002
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%0.00%10.00%
      Preparation for Further Education0910
      Percent Preparation for Further Education0.00%45.00%50.00%
      Personal Interest015
      Percent Personal Interest0.00%5.00%25.00%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses159
      Before Enrollment004
      Percent Before Enrollment0.00%0.00%44.40%
      While Attending the College031
      Percent While Attending the College0.00%60.00%11.10%
      After Training at the College124
      Percent After Training at the College100.00%40.00%44.40%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses137
      In College District127
      Percent In College District100.00%66.70%100.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District000
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin010
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%33.30%0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown000
      Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202020212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count35
      Average Monthly Wage$1,560$3,109
      Average Hourly Wage$9.07$18.07
      Average Work Hours per Week7059
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count1
      Average Hourly Wage$9.50
      Average Work Hours per Week30
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      DeForest Area Fire & EMSFirefighter/EMTDeForest
      Kenosha Fire DepartmentFirefighter/EMTKenosha
      Maple Bluff EMS & FireFirefighter/EMT
      Mount Horeb Fire DepartmentFirefighter/EMTMount Horeb
      Verona Fire DeptFirefighterVerona

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Contact the School of Human and Protective Services

Madison Truax Campus
Protective Services Building, 100

1701 Pearson Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704


  • Monday – Thursday 8 am - 5 pm
  • Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm