If you're already a state-certified firefighter, consider advancing your career with Tidewater Community College's Career Studies Certificate in Fire Science Supervision.
This certificate is designed for students interested in management and administration in the fire protection field.
Course work develops:
- teaching methods, including role-playing, lesson plans and presentations
- skills needed to supervise and direct personnel and manage resources
- knowledge of relationships between government agencies and fire service
A cooperative-education internship rounds out this comprehensive program. Incoming students can apply for credit for previous non-college credentials, including military training, national or state fire certification, or certificates received on the job or for volunteer work. Students should already hold a certification as an emergency medical technician.
Apply all the credits toward TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science Technology.
Certify your skills
Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work qualifies students for state certification as a Fire Instructor I and Fire Officer I and Crew Leader through the Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP).
Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill® and other educational benefits.
Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.
Fire science faculty members are all current or former firefighters
Emergency Medical Technician - Basic certification is strongly recommended
Entry into the program requires a personal interview with a program representative
TCC can help you jump start or advance your career as a first responder.
"At TCC I developed good study habits, time management and test taking strategies - all the things necessary for success in college.”
Median annual salary
Jobs related to this field pay a median annual salary of $38,002*
TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Fire Science Supervision consists of 2 semesters of part-time study, with classes held mainly on the Virginia Beach Campus.
Estimated Program Cost*:
29 credits x $181.10 per credit = $5,251.90 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2017 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.
Apply some of the credits you earn to TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science Technology.
* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.