Fire Protection Technology, Certificate of Achievement

The Fire Protection Technology program prepares the students for a career in the fire service. The curriculum includes courses in building construction related to firefighter and life safety, history and philosophy of fire prevention, fire and life safety education, fire investigation, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppression systems, water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers, career opportunities in fire protection and related fields, and the culture and history of emergency services.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the causes of fire, determine extinguishing agents and methods, differentiate the stages of the fire and fire development, and compare methods of heat transfer.
  • Assess emergency situations and employ strategies and tactics to mitigate the situation.
  • Analyze and assess firefighter hazards and operations inherent to the profession.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

Required Core
FPTC 1Principles of Emergency Services3
FPTC 2Fire Behavior and Combustion3
FPTC 3Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety & Survival3
FPTC 4Building Construction for Fire Prevention3
FPTC 5Fire Prevention3
FPTC 6Fire Protection Systems3
Total Units18

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FPTC 3 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety & Survival 3
FPTC 5 Fire Prevention 3
FPTC 6 Fire Protection Systems 3
FPTC 1 Principles of Emergency Services 3
FPTC 2 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3
FPTC 4 Building Construction for Fire Prevention 3
 Total Units18

Ready to Work!MPC “Ready to Work” Career Education programs offer students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills needed for employment and job advancement.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss career pathways, for support with career exploration and planning, and to create a personalized education plan to help them meet their academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.

Additional resources are available through MPC’s Career & Transfer Resource Center (CTRC). The CTRC offers career resources, workshops, guidance and referrals. Visit the CTRC for support finding online career information and other resources to explore majors, occupations, and employment information.