Fire Science: Fundamental Firefighting - Certificate of Achievement

Firefighters are among the most vital workers in our community, sacrificing their time and energy to keep people safe. Their basic duties are to prevent and respond to dangerous fires. Firefighters require expert training to perform tasks such as connecting hoses and pumps, rescuing and treating injured people, and educating the public about fire safety. This program prepares students to take on these responsibilities and more through classroom instruction and hands-on training exercises. The coursework covers foundational topics such as fire prevention, fire protection systems and hazardous materials. The courses in this program are also applicable to the A.A.S. Fire Science Technology degree program. Our graduates find work as firefighters, fire inspectors, fire investigators and other fire service positions.

The Fire Science Program is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Learn the basics skills needed to be a professional firefighter
Protect their communities
Pursue an associate or bachelor’s degree in fire science or a related field

Program Snapshot

In-district Tuition: Click Here
Out-of-district Tuition: Click Here
Credits: 38*
Average Salary: $50,555*
Graduation Retention Rate: 20%*

Possible Careers

Fire inspector
Fire investigator
Fire captain
Fire chief

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Program Required Courses

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Randy Villines
Fire Science Program Director


Admission to Ozarks Technical Community College is open to all individuals who can benefit from its educational programs. A focus of the college mission is on the academic, career and personal goals of the student. OTC may admit you as a First-Time student just completing their high school, GED or HiSET requirements or as a Transfer student coming from another institution finishing up a certificate or degree. For more information, visit OTC Admissions.

Wondering how you’re going to pay for college? At OTC, we believe that cost shouldn’t be a barrier to earning a degree. Our staff will work with you to make a financial plan. To browse the resources available to you, see paying for college.