Polk State College will only accept the following fire certificates issued by Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training, https://www.myfloridacfo.com/Division/SFM/FCDICE/default.htm. These State Fire Certificates have passed the Pearson VUE exam, a third-party, testing center that is considered the “Gold Standard” for this process.
Fire Officer I
Fire Officer II
Investigator or Investigator l
Minimum Standards (Certificate of Compliance)
Yes! “Certificate of Compliance” Firefighter II/Minimum Standards applies towards 3 credits in the elective category. This state certificate has to be the one issued by the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training (BFST). It will NOT accept certificates issued by the technical schools or academies.
There is no additional cost to the student for Polk State College accepting or processing these credits into the Associate in Science in Fire Science Technology Program.
No. These fire credits can only be applied to the Associate in Science in Fire Science Technology degree.
Yes! Once a student achieves the AS Associate in Science in Fire Science Technology degree, all 60 credits can be applied towards a higher degree, such as a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration.
The issued certificate date of the Fire Officer l is very important. It is what determines the particular Fire Science curriculum that applies to! It will be either Charts A or B (see curriculum document). This also identifies the number of credits awarded.
No. Polk State cannot accept certificates through email.
No fire course(s) or fire course(s) transcript will be accepted! This is a hard-and-fast rule that applies to these fire courses. As stated above, only accepted are the Fire Officer l, ll, Inspector l, ll, Investigator l, or Investigator State of Florida issued certificates, as well as the three-credit elective: “Certificate of Compliance.”
If a student is not currently a Florida State Certified Firefighter and would like to become one, he or she must earn the State of Florida Firefighter I and II Certification (called “Certificate of Compliance” or Minimum Fire Standards). This is a comprehensive course that involves 400+/- of practical and academic work. This certification must be attained through a state certified fire academy such as the one at Ridge Technical College (Ridge Fire Academy), 7700 State Road 544, Winter Haven, FL 33881; Telephone: 863.419.3060. Ridge Technical College is a separate program from the Polk State Fire Science Technology Program.
Bring the original certificate to Polk State College’s Registrar’s Office on the Winter Haven Campus in the Administration Building (WAD).
No. Copies are not accepted. No mailed-in or handed-in copies (unless they are originals) Students must submit the original State of Florida-issued fire certificates to the registration-records office to be copied.
It is strongly recommended (but not required) that students attain the State of Florida Firefighter I and II Certification prior to pursuing the Fire Officer Certifications that are part of the articulated credit requirements for the Polk State Associate in Science in Fire Science Technology. However, to obtain the Fire Officer I certification (part of most options in this degree), a student shall be a State of Florida Firefighter. There is one category (Table A, Option V, Fire Safety), that does not require someone to become a State of Florida Certified Firefighter. This option is for students who do not hold the Firefighter I Certification. This is intended for risk managers, safety personnel, fire marshal personnel, insurance investigators, fire engineers, etc.
Firefighters who hold out-of-state, national, or military certifications or fire courses must contact the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training (BFST) and ask for an equivalency review to determine what is needed to satisfy or convert these certifications to Florida Fiore Certifications. For more information, students should contact the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training, 11655 NW Gainesville Rd, Ocala, FL 34482-1486; Telephone: 352.369.2800.
Polk State College does not provide direct instruction for any FFP courses. The student has the flexibility of finding the courses that are best suited for them, this includes online or traditional classes, scheduling, cost, and location.
Fire Science courses can be taken from a variety of sources including:
Ridge Technical College
7700 State Road 544
Winter Haven, FL 33881
If these courses are not currently available at Ridge Technical College, please check with the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training (BFST). They are the State of Florida regulatory pro-board that oversees the training providers. BFST keeps a current list of Fire Science courses that are offered throughout the State of Florida. Often, there are private providers that offer these courses at reduced rates and fully online.