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 492 hours of training and is offered as a full-time and part-time schedule.
- 13 weeks
- 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Monday through Friday
- Usually offered every Spring and Fall
- 23 weeks
- Tuesday and Thursday nights 4:45 – 10 p.m. and every Saturday all day 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- Usually offered every Summer April through September
- Spring Fire/EMT begins January 2021 (Program Full Not accepting applicants)
- Spring Fire Academy begins March 2021 (Program Full Not accepting applicants)
- Summer Part-Time begins April 2021 (PATs scheduled and currently full)
- Fall Fire/EMT begins August 2021 (Call Academy Office for PAT Dates)
- Fall Fire Academy begins TBD 2021 (Call Academy Office for PAT Dates)
- Spring Fire/EMT begins January 2022 (Call Academy Office for PAT Dates)
- Spring Fire Academy begins TBD 2022 (Call Academy Office for PAT Dates)
- Summer Part-Time begins April 2022 (Call Academy Office for PAT Dates)
- Fall Fire/EMT begins August 2022 (Call Academy Office for PAT Dates)
- Fall Fire Academy begins TBD 2022 (Call Academy Office for PAT Dates)