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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

    Conservation Warden Jobs

    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 2023-2024 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.


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