Become a firefighter
As a firefighter, you often risk your life to protect the public. The St. Petersburg College Firefighting Academy prepares you for a challenging and rewarding career as a firefighter at its cutting-edge Fire and Public Safety Training Center.
Our academy is certified as a fire training center by the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training. Once you complete the academy courses, you receive a certificate of completion and are qualified to take the state Firefighter II certification exams.
To become a professional firefighter in Florida, you must have:
- Certification as either Emergency Medical Responder, EMT-Basic, or Paramedic
- Firefighter II certification
- Completed Florida Firefighter Minimum Standards training (such as SPC's) OR
- Received an equal amount of training in another state as determined by the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training
Combined Firefighter/EMT program
SPC also offers a combined Firefighter/EMT program for those who want to become certified firefighters and licensed Emergency Medical Technicians but who are not currently certified/licensed as either firefighters or EMTs.
Download the Combined Firefighter/EMT Admission Guide
This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area Average
Projected employment for Florida
Projected Job Openings
Skills you learn in SPC's Firefighting Academy
- Fire Behavior
- Physical Fitness Training
- PPE & SCBA
- Hose & Ladder
- Maze (Confined Space)
- Forcible Entry & Ventilation
- Wildland Firefighting
- Mental Health Awareness
- Cancer Prevention
- Public Education
- Hazardous Materials
- Live Fire (Car, Gas, Class A, etc.)
- Building Construction
- Fire Control
- Fire Streams & Water Supply
- Fire Protection Systems
- Search & Rescue
- Loss Control
- Ropes & Knots
- And much more
FIRE ACADEMY COSTS
SPC's Fire Academy is a postsecondary adult vocational training program. Students are not eligible for federal financial aid due to the length of the program; however, Florida Prepaid and Bright Futures can be applied toward tuition. Bright Futures eligibility is contingent upon the length of the program (minimum of 180 clock hours and the clock hours must occur within the starting and ending dates for regular term credit hour programs). A Bright Futures recipient with a prior baccalaureate degree is ineligible for funding. Contact Financial Assistance Services for further details.
Fees must be paid up front.
ASSISTANCE FOR VETERANS
Financial assistance is available to veterans who qualify. Contact the Veterans Services Office at 727-341-4271 for more information.
Fire Academy schedule and length
The Fire Academy consists of 450 hours of training and is usually offered as a full-time and part-time academy.
- 13 weeks
- 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Monday through Friday
- Usually offered September through December and January through April
- 23 weeks
- 4:45 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. every Saturday
- Usually offered April through September
- Fire/EMT begins January 2019
- Fire Academy begins Spring 2019
- Part-Time begins April 2019
- Fire/EMT begins June 2019
- Fire Academy begins Fall 2019