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Fire Protection Technician

70-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Firefighters are tasked with the responsibility of protecting life, property and the environment through fire suppression, hazardous materials mitigation and emergency medical services. Additionally, a good portion of their job is dedicated to improving their communities through fire prevention activities. Learn from experienced firefighters and practice skills using state-of-the-art training facilities and equipment. Obtaining a full-time firefighting job can be competitive, and an associate degree in a fire-service related field is becoming a minimum standard in hiring new firefighters.

  • Prepare for jobs such as fire fighter, fire inspector, code enforcement officer/specialist, plans reviewer or fire service equipment sales.
  • WCTC is designated as a Regional Fire Training Center and offers all levels of Wisconsin Firefighter Certification training.
  • Being a member of a fire department is highly recommended but it is not an admissions requirement.
  • Select program credits may transfer to other institutions. For a complete list of transfer credits, see the “credit transfer” section.
  • The Fire Protection Technician program is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).
  • Participation in the Fire Service Organization helps program students promote fire safety and prevention to the college and wider community, build stronger relationships among area fire departments and discuss employment opportunities and strategies.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $42,392

Program Code 10-503-2

Required Courses

+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm 3

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities


Program Name

Credits Awarded

Bellevue UniversityBachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Scienceup to 70
Colorado State University-Global CampusBachelor Degreeup to 64
Concordia UniversityBaccalaureate Degreeup to 80
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science: Public Safety ManagementJunior Standing
Kaplan UniversityBachelor of Science in Fire ScienceJunior Standing
Marian UniversityBachelor of Science in Homeland Securityup to 96
Mount Mary UniversityBachelor DegreeJunior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Sciencesup to 80
Silver Lake CollegeBachelor of Science (various)minimum of 60
Southern Illinois University CarbondaleBS in Fire Service ManagementMinimum of 60
U of PhoenixBachelor of Science (various)varies
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Green BayBachelor of Applied Studies OnlineJunior Status
UW-OshkoshBachelor of Applied Studies in Leadership & Organizational Studies58
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Managementup to 69
UW-StoutB. S. Career, Technical Education & Trainingup to 60
UW-WaukeshaBachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)60-Junior Standing
Waldorf CollegeBS in Fire Science AdministrationJunior Standing
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership32

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.