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Fire ScienceCertificates

The faculty and adjunct faculty in the fire science department at Aims are fire service professionals. They can help you choose the best fire science certificate programs for your career.

For more detailed information about the Aims Fire Academy, including how to apply, visit this page.

Basic Firefighter Certificate

This certificate covers EMT training, Firefighter I and Hazmat Operations. By mastering these three subject areas, you are ready to become a nationally certified firefighter.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Introduces the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) student to prehospital emergency care. The topics included in this course are Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems, well-being of the EMT, communications, documentation, anatomy, airway management, and patient assessment. Prerequisite(s): Professional level CPR certification. Three credits.

3
required

Provides the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) student with the knowledge and skills to effectively provide emergency care and transportation to a patient experiencing a medical emergency. This course focuses on the integration of the physical exam, medical history, and pathophysiology when assessing and treating the medical patient. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

Professional level CPR certification and EMS 121 with a grade of "C" or better

Course Corequisites
EMS 123, EMS 124, and EMS 170
4
required

Provides the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) student with the knowledge and skills to provide appropriate emergency care and transportation of a patient who has suffered a traumatic injury. The concepts of kinematics and the biomechanics of trauma, along with pathophysiology and injury patterns will provide the student with the ability to assess and manage the trauma patient. Two credits. 

Course Prerequisites

Professional level CPR certification and EMS 121 with a grade of "C" or better.

Course Corequisites
EMS 122, EMS 124, and EMS 170
2
required

Provides the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) student with the knowledge and skills required to modify the assessment, treatment, and transportation of special patient populations and patients in special circumstances. This course also provides an overview of incident command, mass casualty incidents, vehicle extrication, air medical support, hazardous materials, and terrorism. Two credits. 

Course Prerequisites

Professional level CPR certification and EMS 121 with a grade of "C" or better.

Course Corequisites
EMS 122, EMS 123, & EMS 170
2
required
1
required

Addresses the requirements necessary to perform at the first level of progression as identified in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001, Firefighter Professional Qualifications. This is a lecture and lab course for meeting the NFPA 1001, Level I, standard. Nine credits.font-family:verdana, sans-serif;font-size:9pt;http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply 

Course Prerequisites

Professional level CPR certification

9
required

Introduces hazardous materials incidents, recognizing and identifying hazardous materials, planning response, implementing response procedures, decision making, and continued evaluation at the awareness and operation level.  See Tuition and Fees web page for rate listings atThree credits.font-family:verdana, sans-serif;font-size:9pt;Differential tuition rates apply. font-family:verdana, sans-serif;font-size:9pt;http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionwww.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuition.

3
required

Offers the clinical practicum to apply the related fire science technology. Differential tuition rates apply. Course is repeatable with a maximum of 12 credit hours. Zero to twelve credits.

0 to 12
Students must take (Students must take 1 credit in FST 170)
Total Credits for Certificate 25

Fire Academy

This certificate covers Firefighter I training and Hazmat Operations Level I without the EMT Training.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Addresses the requirements necessary to perform at the first level of progression as identified in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001, Firefighter Professional Qualifications. This is a lecture and lab course for meeting the NFPA 1001, Level I, standard. Nine credits.font-family:verdana, sans-serif;font-size:9pt;http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply 

Course Prerequisites

Professional level CPR certification

9
required

Introduces hazardous materials incidents, recognizing and identifying hazardous materials, planning response, implementing response procedures, decision making, and continued evaluation at the awareness and operation level.  See Tuition and Fees web page for rate listings atThree credits.font-family:verdana, sans-serif;font-size:9pt;Differential tuition rates apply. font-family:verdana, sans-serif;font-size:9pt;http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionwww.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuition.

3
required

Offers the clinical practicum to apply the related fire science technology. Differential tuition rates apply. Course is repeatable with a maximum of 12 credit hours. Zero to twelve credits.

0 to 12
Student must take Students must take 1 credit in FST 170 for this certificate.
Total Credits for Certificate 13

Firefighter II Certificate

Firefighter II is a great way to advance your firefighting knowledge and qualifies you to take the Firefighter II test.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Addresses the requirements necessary to perform at the second level of progression as identified in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001, Firefighter Professional Qualifications. This is a lecture and lab course for meeting the NFPA 1001, level II, standard. .   Three credits.http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionDifferential tuition rates apply

Course Prerequisites

FST 100, FST 107, and FST 170 with grades of "C" or better

3
required

Offers the clinical practicum to apply the related fire science technology. Differential tuition rates apply. Course is repeatable with a maximum of 12 credit hours. Zero to twelve credits.

0 to 12
Student must take Students must take 1 credit in FST 170 for this certificate.
Total Credits for Firefighter II Certificate 4

Driver-Operator Certificate

This certificate teaches driving and operating fire service vehicles. Learn both the safe operation of fire trucks and how to properly deploy water for firefighting service.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Provides the student with the basic knowledge and skills to safely operate fire apparatus according to the NFPA professional standard. Enables the student to display and demonstrate knowledge of fire apparatus, operation of apparatus, pumps and pumping, hydraulics calculations, maintenance and testing.  Three credits.font-family:Verdana, 'sans-serif';font-size:9pt;Differential tuition rates applyfont-family:Verdana, 'sans-serif';font-size:9pt;. See Tuition and Fees web page for rate listings at . http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionwww.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuition

3
required

Provides a foundation of theoretical knowledge in order to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection and to apply hydraulic principles to analyze and to solve water supply problems. Three credits.

3
Total Credits for Certificate 6

Vehicle Extrication Certificate

Motor vehicle collisions happen in a variety of conditions and create various injuries. Safely removing victims from the scene of an accident often saves lives. The Vehicle Extrication Certificate expands your fire service abilities by teaching this skill.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Provides the student with entry level knowledge and skills to safely operate at the scene of a vehicle/machinery extrication.  Training in this course represents the minimum level of training needed to respond to a vehicle extrication incident. See Tuition and Fees web page for rate listings atOne credit.font-family:verdana, sans-serif;font-size:9pt;Differential tuition rates apply. font-family:verdana, sans-serif;font-size:9pt;http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionwww.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuition.

1
required

Expands and refines the objectives of FST 126. Students shall be capable of hazard recognition, equipment use, and techniques necessary to operate safely and effectively at incidents involving persons injured or entrapped in a vehicle or machinery. See Tuition and Fees web page for rate listings at. Prerequisite(s): FST 126. Two credits.font-family:verdana, sans-serif;font-size:9pt;Differential tuition rates apply. font-family:verdana, sans-serif;font-size:9pt;http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionwww.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuition

Course Prerequisites

FST 126 min grade C

2
required

Expands and refines the objectives learned in FST 127. Training in this course represents the highest level of operation at the rescue scene involving vehicle extrication. Students shall be capable of hazard recognition, equipment use, and techniques necessary to operate and effectively supervise at incidents involving persons injured or entrapped in a vehicle or machinery. See Tuition and Fees web page for rate listings at. Prerequisite(s): FST 127. Three credits.font-family:verdana, sans-serif;font-size:9pt;Differential tuition rates apply. font-family:verdana, sans-serif;font-size:9pt;http://www.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuitionwww.aims.edu/student/cashier/tuition

Course Prerequisites

FST 127 min grade C

3
Total Credits for Certificate 6

Fire Officer I Certificate

Advance your career into fire department management with this officer training certificate. Develop oral communication, training, management and leadership skills as they apply to fire deparments.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements Credits
required

Identifies the roles and responsibilities of the fire service instructor. Includes oral communication skills, concepts of learning, planning and development of lesson plans and instructional materials and delivery methods, testing and evaluations, records and reports, and demonstration of instructional abilities. Fire Instructor I State Certification is possible. Three credits.

3
required

Addresses the requisite knowledge and skills required to perform at level 1 as identified in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1021, Fire Officer Professional Qualifications. Areas of focus include: fire department organization, company officer traits, roles and responsibilities, communications practices, administrative functions, safety, health and wellness, training, fire prevention, human resources management, and incident management and operations. The course prepares the learner for the Colorado Fire Officer I State Exams and JPR evaluations. Three credits.

3
Total Credits for Certificate 6