The certificate of Achievement leads to two International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Certificates (FS 1820 and FS 2015). The IFSAC certificate is a national certificate that is recognized throughout the USA. Once students complete the prerequisites they can then enroll in FS 2015 Firefighter I that is designed to train the student to level I as outlined in NFPA 1001, Professional Qualifications Standard. 60% of the Firefighter I course involves hands on training to include use of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), hose evolutions, ropes and knots, ladder raises to name a few. Towards the end of the semester students will travel to the State Fire Academy to conduct live fire training, students will then be given a practical and written test.
The program will provide graduates with a sense of community service and what it takes to be successful in the fire service. Different fire departments use various combinations for the selection process besides a degree. Some fire departments are now requiring a Firefighter I certificate that indicates the level of technical and manipulative training.