Fire Service Certification


Recent Graduates

There are 29 recent graduates of this Madison College program.



100% of our recent graduates got a job in the industry.


Student Satisfaction

99% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 305032

Credits: 10

Area of Study: Law, Protective and Human Services

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $1,389.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.


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.



Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


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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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates282829
    Number of Surveys Sent272829
    Number of Surveys Returned232118
    Percent of Surveys Returned85.20%75.00%62.10%
    Available for Employment987
    Percent Available for Employment39.10%38.10%38.90%
    Not in Labor Market141311
    Percent Not in Labor Market60.90%61.90%61.10%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed987
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%100.00%100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation587
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation55.60%100.00%100.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation400
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation44.40%0.00%0.00%
    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)
    Number of Satisfaction Responses1287
    Very Satisfied (4)943
    Percent Very Satisfied75.00%50.00%42.90%
    Satisfied (3)344
    Percent Satisfied25.00%50.00%57.10%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)000
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses232118
    Preparation for Getting a Job934
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job39.10%14.30%22.20%
    Career Change231
    Percent Career Change8.70%14.30%5.60%
    Improvement of Existing Skills010
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%4.80%0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education111312
    Percent Preparation for Further Education47.80%61.90%66.70%
    Personal Interest111
    Percent Personal Interest4.30%4.80%5.60%
    Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses987
    Before Enrollment212
    Percent Before Enrollment22.20%12.50%28.60%
    While Attending the College544
    Percent While Attending the College55.60%50.00%57.10%
    After Training at the College231
    Percent After Training at the College22.20%37.50%14.30%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses987
    In College District874
    Percent In College District88.90%87.50%57.10%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District113
    Percent of In Wisconsin11.10%12.50%42.90%
    Outside of Wisconsin000
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown000
    Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201720182019
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count332
    Average Monthly Wage$1,870 $2,065 $221
    Average Hourly Wage$10.87 $12.01 $1.28
    Average Work Hours per Week48.34051.3
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count03
    Average Hourly Wage$22.98
    Average Work Hours per Week3017.5
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    DeForest Area Fire & EMS Firefighter DeForest
    Edgerton Fire Dept Firefighter Intern Edgerton
    Lake Country Fire & Rescue Intern Delafield
    Maple Bluff EMS & Fire Intern
    Mount Horeb Fire Department Intern Mount Horeb
    Orfordville Fire Department Intern Orfordville

    * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

    *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at

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) 


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