Fire Service: Fire Officer - Certificate of Achievement

When promoted to a company officer, firefighters assume new responsibilities and face serious challenges. Fire officers are responsible for ensuring the safety of the firefighters under their command and for leading them as they rescue people and protect property. This program is designed to give firefighters the education they need to move into supervisory roles in fire service. Our instructors prepare their students to take on their new duties, which often include training firefighters, supervising building inspections and maintaining discipline. The coursework covers practical topics such as solving administrative problems, filling out fire service reports and reducing risks in the community. Our graduates find jobs like fire chief, fire captain and fire instructor.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Supervise a firefighting team
Manage a firefighting department
Work in the public sphere
Enhance their leadership abilities

Program Snapshot

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Out-of-district Tuition: Click Here
Credits: 33*
Average Salary: $50,555*

Possible Careers

Fire captain
Fire chief
Fire instructor
Fire service supervisor

*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


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