Fire Protection Technician

64-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code 10-503-2

Firefighters protect life, property and the environment through fire suppression, hazardous materials mitigation and emergency medical services. They also improve their communities through fire prevention activities. Learn from experienced firefighters and practice skills using state-of-the-art training facilities and equipment. Being a member of a fire department is highly recommended, but it is not an admissions requirement.

How Long It Will Take

Depending on course load, full-time students could complete this program in two years.

Start Date

You can begin this program in the fall or spring semester.

How This Program Is Offered

This is offered on campus in a traditional classroom/lab setting.

 What Makes This Program Unique

  • WCTC is designated as a Regional Fire Training Center and offers all levels of Wisconsin Firefighter Certification training.
  • Students earn their Firefighter I and EMT certificates in the first year of this program.
  • The program is taught by subject matter experts, including many officers from local fire departments.
  • Several field trips enhance the learning that takes place in the classroom.

Courses You'll Take

For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.

This program includes general-education courses as well as introductory and advanced technology core courses. You may also have the opportunity to obtain credit for prior learn credit for prior learning.

WCTC Instructors

How To Apply

Still have questions? Visit the Admissions page or contact the Office of Admissions | 262.691.5200.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2019 Start

  • Submit application by August 5, 2019
  • Complete checklist items by August 12, 2019

Spring 2019 Start

  • Submit application by January 3, 2019
  • Complete checklist items by January 10, 2019

* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is not eligible for financial aid.

Questions? Contact your academic advisor.

Cost

The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive.

Learn more about tuition and fees.

Career Salaries

$29,000 – $60,000 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Potential Careers

If you’re physically fit, devoted to saving lives and handle intense situations well, a career in firefighting may be right for you. Firefighters must communicate with other members of their team, and be flexible and adaptable. They need to have a take-charge attitude and make critical decisions in life-threatening conditions.

  • Fire Fighter
  • Fire Inspector
  • Code Enforcement Specialist
  • Plans Reviewer
  • Fire Service Equipment Sales

Transfer Options

Whether you're a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.

High School Dual Credits

Dual enrollment offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits. Learn about the credit options.

Transfer Opportunities After WCTC

WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.

College Program Name Credit Awards
Marian UniversityBS Homeland Securityup to 64, 10% tuition discount
Southern Illinois University CarbondaleBS in Fire Service Managementup to 70
UW-OshkoshBS Fire and Emergency Response Management (online)up to 62
College Program Name Credit Awards
Colorado State University-Global CampusAny Bachelors Degreeup to 64, 10% tuition discount
Concordia UniversityAny BachelorsUp to 84
Lakeland UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeCredits vary, check with Lakeland
Mount Mary UniversityBachelor DegreeJunior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Sciencesup to 80, and 35%+ tuition discount for WCTC grads
Purdue GlobalAny Bachelorscredits vary, 20% tuition discount
UW-Green BayOrganizational Leadership - Bachelor of Applied StudiesBlock of 60 credits
UW-OshkoshBS Human Services Leadershipup to 64, online
UW-OshkoshBS Leadership and Organizational Studiesup to 61
UW-StoutBS Management (100% online)up to 60
UW-StoutBS Career, Technical Education & Training (100% online)up to 60
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership50-70

Transfer Tips

  • Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
  • Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
  • If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.

 

Other Educational Opportunities

Learning is an ongoing process. That’s why we offer professional development classes and seminars, designed to build upon your knowledge and experiences. They’re also a great way to fulfill industry requirements. 

Explore Fire and EMS Training Courses.

Program Instructors

Michael Jones, MBA | 262.691.5187