Fire Protection and Safety Certificate Program
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
The Fire Service, This Century and the Next, What Should We Expect – Learning Community Seminar FPS111 3 First-time college students
Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety & Survival FPS119 3 ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Principles of Emergency Services FPS123 3 ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Fire Protection Systems FPS133 3 ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Fire Behavior and Combustion FPS135 3 ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Fire Prevention FPS139 3 ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Building construction for Fire Protection FPS223 3 FPS123
Career Electives see note* 3
Total Credits 27

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*Note: Choose one career elective if FPS 111 has been completed. If FPS 111 has been waived, choose two career electives from the following career electives: FPS121, FPS125, FPS127, FPS137, FPS221, FPS225 and FPS227.

Program Overview

This program prepares students with practical and technical information and instruction. Students may include both potential fire fighters and in-service fire fighters wishing to upgrade their career status. A certificate in fire protection and safety may lead to higher scores on promotional examinations. This program is offered in the afternoon and evening.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this program qualify for careers in municipal, state and federal agencies, industry, and insurance companies. Graduates also qualify to transfer to the two-year Associate in Science Degree: Fire Protection and Safety. This program also prepares fire fighters who wish to upgrade their career status.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.bhcc.mass.edu/ certificate-programs.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Understand the principles of fire protection and safety. 
  • Demonstrate preparedness to be a fire company officer. 
  • Understand the principles of arson investigation (see FPS209).
  • Demonstrate familiarity with inspections for fire prevention.
  • Demonstrate preparedness to take promotional civil service fire exams.