Wildland Firefighter

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Certificate of Competency (CCT) in Wildland Firefighter trains students for beginning-level wildland firefighter and meets the standards for National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG). Includes wildland fire behavior, fire control tactics, human factors on the fireline, standards for firefighter safety and survival, introduction to the incident command system, and a field exercise.

This is a Fast Track Certificate, which can be completed in two semesters or less.


Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Degree Type
Certificate of Competency (CCT)
Academic Plan
Wildland Firefighter (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total Clock Hours Required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2023
Admissions criteria

1. 17 1/2 years of age to enroll.


This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Apply basic principles and procedures for wildland firefighting.
  2. Describe the purpose of the Standard Firefighting Orders and Watch Out Situations.
  3. Explain what the Lookouts, Communication, Escape Routes, and Safety Zone (LCES) system is and how it relates to the Standard Firefighting Orders.
  4. Describe the various communication methods and tools used for collecting, producing, and distributing information.
  5. Describe the methods for extinguishing a fire with or without the use of water.
  6. Demonstrate the construction of a fireline to required standards using various methods, tools, equipment, and techniques.

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Pipeline AZ using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources. Sources

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by block. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with a navigator to discuss their academic and career goals.
  • The course sequence is laid out by block and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • This is a cohort program in which students progress through their course of study together in the required course sequence.

Courses Sequence

Block 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
EMC110 Wildland Firefighter 50

Students must earn a grade of ‘P’ or ‘C’ or better (depending on the course grading scale) for all courses required within the program.

Weekly hour requirements vary by program. Students should meet with a navigator to discuss these requirements further. Actual completion times may vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.

This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

View MCCCD’s official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm12?id=180646).

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