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Are you a fire service professional looking to become a leader in the fire and emergency services field? The College of Western Idaho’s Fire Service Management program’s curriculum is based on National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards and International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) certified program requirements. Your instruction will include some of the local fire department trainers and command staff who assisted in development of the curriculum.

You have the choice between the Associate of Arts (AA) degree or Basic Technical Certificate (BTC) based upon your career aspirations:

Fire Service Management - Associate of Arts:

  • 24 Month program
  • Students complete a college degree
  • Learn administrative and academic skills for a successful career
  • Plan of Study

Fire Service Management - Basic Technical Certificate:

  • 12 Month program
  • Ideal for students who have already earned a degree
  • Plan of Study

Application Process and Requirements

The CWI Fire Service Management program is competitive entry; it requires a program specific application and has several prerequisites that must be met prior to acceptance in addition to completing the CWI Application for Admissions. For further details regarding these prerequisites and to access the Fire Service Management program application, please email:

The program is limited to current fire service professionals looking for professional development and career advancement.  Exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis.


The College of Western Idaho’s Fire Service Management program prepares students with the education and skills for professional development and to further their career into the administration of the Fire Service and the advancement to the ranks of Company Officer and Chief Officers.

Why This Program

The curriculum is based on National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards and the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) requirements. The local fire department trainers and command staff who assisted in the development of the curriculum will also provide some of the instruction. The program is built around the NFPA Standard 1021; Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications. The completion of these classes may lead to the opportunity to test for IFSAC Fire Officer I, II, III, and IV certifications.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Be equipped with the ethical reasoning skills and moral behavior associated with fire officers
  • Possess the information, tools, and knowledge to keep up to date with current tactical practices, national standards, and future advancements in the fire service
  • Take on challenging tasks to create effective systems and programs in the fire service
  • Develop management skills to effectively operate in overseeing a crew, multiple crews, divisions and fire service organizations
  • Apply administrative techniques in order to manage and solve problems in the fire service today
  • Understand and create a budget and other administrative tools
  • Understand state and local governmental relationships

Additional Opportunities

What Can You Do With a Degree in Fire Science? - Learn more at the Student Training & Education in Public Service website

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