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Fire Science Technology (6260)

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Fire Science Technology: Certificate  (6260)

Do you want to be a firefighter or enhance your skills if you are already fighting fires?

Do you want a career on the front lines helping people and saving lives?

If this sounds like you, consider a career in fire science technology. Our Fire Science Technology Certificate Program will provide you with a solid foundation, as well as the technical and professional knowledge to succeed in this exciting field. 

We are an active part of the central Pennsylvania communities that you serve.


What can I do with this in the workforce?  

After graduating from our Fire Science Technology Certificate Program, you can work in both volunteer and paid community fire services. You also can work in governmental, insurance, industrial and business settings as a:

  • Code enforcement officer
  • Fire fighter
  • Fire safety specialist
  • Industrial safety specialist
  • Plan reviewer
  • Underwriter

You may be the perfect fit for this program if you are:

  • Physically fit and dependable
  • Comfortable with working in high-pressure situations
  • A problem solver
  • Courageous and compassionate


What is the average salary?

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What is HACC’s program like? 

Our certificate program provides you with the technical and professional knowledge you need to make decisions regarding fire protection for both the public and private sectors. Our curriculum follows the U.S. Fire Administration/National Fire Academy’s Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Model for Professional Development, which is recognized nationally within the industry.

Also, you’ll receive a solid foundation for continuous learning in fire protection, administration and management.
As you complete our program, you will: 

  • Identify the requirements of various fire protection environments and operate the equipment related to those environments
  • Recognize the prevention and suppression of hazards by means of building inspections and hazard descriptions; the application for safety codes; and the use of proper procedures for hauling and storing hazardous materials
  • Explain the operations of fire extinguishing and warning systems
  • Conduct fire investigations
  • Manage a fire protection organization through effective use of manpower and equipment
  • Write and speak effectively

Federal regulations require that the College disclose specific gainful employment information about our program. This link will provide you with information on completion rates and placement, program costs and median loan debt.


What classes will I take?

We encourage you to:
  • View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
  • Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.


Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?

Our certificate program is designed to lead you directly into the workforce. However, if you wish to continue your education, we encourage you to earn an associate degree at HACC!

When you complete your associate degree, you can continue and transfer credits to a four-year school.


Where can I complete this program?

Conveniently YOURS, we offer the entire program at our Harrisburg and Lancaster campuses.


Does HACC offer scholarships?

Yes! With approximately 200 scholarships available through the HACC Foundation, you have opportunities to receive funding for your HACC education. To find out more, please visit


When can I apply?

You can enroll in classes for the spring, summer and fall. We encourage you to visit our website to submit your application anytime. When you apply, please include program code 6260 with your application. This code is unique to the program and ensures you apply for the correct one.


How can I learn more?

If you have an interest for firefighting or feel that fire investigation and prevention would be rewarding work, we can help you succeed! Let us help you enter the fire science field or upgrade your credentials. Please contact an admissions counselor, department chair Kelley Engle or request more information online.