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Legal and Public Safety

Fire Science Technology - Certificate (6260)

Do you enjoy working as part of a team that makes an impact on the community? Do you enjoy serving others, physical activity, and the camaraderie of other like-minded individuals? If so, job opportunities within the fire and emergency services areas are growing and can be highly rewarding. HACC's Fire Science Technology certificate can help ignite your career options in 21st century fire service. Whether you're looking to explore a new career in the fire and emergency services field or expand your existing promotional opportunities, our certificate is designed to provide you with technical and professional skills you need to achieve your goals!

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Graduates of our certificate are able to find employment in municipal fire departments, governments, insurance, business and industrial settings as:

  • Fire Fighters
  • Fire Safety Specialists
  • Industrial Safety Specialists
  • Underwriters
  • Plan Reviewers
  • Codes Enforcement Officers

If you're an experienced fire fighter, our certificate can help prepare you for more specific positions, such as:

  • Fire Administrators
  • Officers
  • Investigators
  • Inspectors

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Our certificate is designed to provide you with the technical and professional knowledge necessary to make decisions regarding fire protection for both the public and private sectors. Our curriculum allows you to gain a solid foundation for continuous higher learning in fire protection, administration and management and follows the U.S. Fire Administration/National Fire Academy's Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Model for Professional Development. 

In addition, you have the option to compete our certificate through Virtual Learning. This is ideally suited for individuals who need flexible schedules or who are already employed or volunteer within the fire and emergency service field. The curriculum is delivered in a flexible format with lectures, training videos and class communications.

After successfully completing the certificate, you will be prepared to:

  • 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, hazard descriptions and the application of safety codes
  • Explain the operations of fire extinguishing and warning systems
  • Conduct fire investigations
  • Manage a fire protection organization through effective use of manpower and equipment
  • 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.

Although our certificate is designed to lead you directly into the workforce, you may continue your studies by applying the credits earned from this program towards the completion of our Fire Science Technology AAS degree.

You may complete our certificate at our Harrisburg Campus through various modalities (e.g., on-campus/in-person instruction, hybrid, synchronous remote instruction and/or asynchronous instruction).

Yes! We offer many scholarships through the HACC Foundation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility requirements. To learn how to apply, please visit

You may complete spring, summer and fall classes at HACC. Submit your application anytime by visiting our website. When you submit your application, make sure to include the specific program code 6260. By using this code, you will ensure that you are applying to correct program.

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