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Certificate of Achievement
Wildland Fire Technology

The Certificate of Achievement in Wildland Fire Technology offers the required courses and learning domains for students to apply for employment with wildland firefighting agencies such as the United States Forest Service; California Department of Forestry; United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management; National Park Service, as well as municipal fire departments.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan represents one possible pathway through the program. Be advised that each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements. Please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Map is for reference only for the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please refer to the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format) for additional course descriptions.
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
WFT 101 - Wildland Fire BehaviorM3.0
WFT 101 - Wildland Fire Behavior (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 033 or MATH 033B or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is one in a series of core courses required for the Wildland Fire Technology Certificate of Achievement and Associate of Science Degree program. This course provides students with information necessary to understand basic wildland fire behavior, wildland fire predictions, and wildland fire operation safety. Wildland fire environmental factors and the tools required to monitor weather and fire behavior will be discussed as it relates to wildland fire predictions. This course meets or exceeds the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) requirements.

WFT 102 - Wildland Firefighter Safety and SurvivalM3.0
WFT 102 - Wildland Firefighter Safety and Survival (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is one in a series of core courses required by the Wildland Fire Technology Certificate of Achievement and Associate of Science Degree program. This course provides students with information necessary to understand occupational safety and hazards associated with wildland firefighting operations. Emphasis will be placed on situational awareness, protective measures, accident avoidance procedures, and the risk management process. Students will also review fire ground near misses, entrapments, and fatalities. This course meets or exceeds the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) requirements.

WFT 103 - Wildland Fire OperationsM3.0
WFT 103 - Wildland Fire Operations (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is one in a series of core courses required by the Wildland Fire Technology Certificate of Achievement and Associate of Science Degree program. This course provides students with information necessary to understand ground and air operations associated with wildland firefighting operations. Emphasis will be placed on incident command system use, strategy, tactics, hazards, resource typing, management, and safety procedures during wildland fire incidents. This course meets or exceeds the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) requirements.

WFT 104 - Wildland Fire Investigation, Prevention and Public InformationM3.0
WFT 104 - Wildland Fire Investigation, Prevention and Public Information (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is one in a series of core courses required by the Wildland Fire Technology Certificate of Achievement and Associate of Science Degree program. This course provides students with information and skills necessary to understand the roles and functions of the Public Information Officer (PIO, S-203), Fire Prevention Education Team Member (PETM, P-101), and the Wildland Fire Investigator (INVF, FI-110). Various wildland fire associated class projects will challenge the student’s public speaking, report writing, and presentation skills.This course meets or exceeds the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) requirements.

WFT 105 - Wildland Fire Logistics, Finance and PlanningM3.0
WFT 105 - Wildland Fire Logistics, Finance and Planning (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is one in a series of core courses required by the Wildland Fire Technology Certificate of Achievement and Associate of Science Degree program. This course provides students with information necessary to understand the responsibilities and functions of the logistics, finance, and planning sections. Emphasis will be placed on how the different incident command system sections are organized and utilized during wildland fire incidents. This course meets or exceeds the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) requirements.

Total Semester Units:15.0 
2nd Semester
Major Elective M9.0
Notes:
Please select a minimum of 9 units selected from the following:
WFT 077 *Wildland Fire Academy (16 units)
EMT 093 *Emergency Medical Technician (8 units)
FTEC 044 *Physical Fitness and Ability for the Firefighter (3 units)
FTEC 107 Hazardous Materials I (3 units)
FTEC 108 *Hazardous Materials II (3 units)
FTEC 121 Emergency Response (3 units)

Total Semester Units:9.0 
Total Units for Wildland Fire Technology COA program 24.0 
Notes:
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course
   

Program Learning Outcomes

1

Students will safely manipulate wildland fire tools, including shovel, Pulaski, and McLeod.


2

Students will recall the ten Standard Firefighting Orders.


3

Students will deploy a fire shelter.


4

Students will demonstrate proper use of the following tools and equipment: back pump, fuses, and backfire torch.


5

Students will function within an Incident Command System environment.


6

Students will assess impacts of fuel, weather, and topography on wildland fire behavior.


7

Assess impacts of fuel, weather, and topography on wildland fire behavior.


Gainful Employment Disclosures

  • This program is designed to be completed in ______
  • This program will cost $______ if completed within normal time (including books, materials, and additional fees). There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but are subject to change.
  • Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0* of debt. *Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
  • License Requirements. This program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in California.

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

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Source: Employment Development Department (EDD), State of California.

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