Fire Science

Climb the career ladder and earn college credit with Waubonsee's affordable fire science courses.

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Students train on Waubonsee's fire engine.

Climb the career ladder and earn college credit with Waubonsee's affordable fire science courses.

Approved Curriculum at Your Convenience  
Waubonsee's fire science program is certified by the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal, and classes are taught by experienced fire fighters. It is headquartered at our Plano Campus, with classes being offered there as well as at the Oswego, Montgomery and Aurora Fire Departments during evenings and weekends. Some classes are also offered online

State Certifications  
Fire science students should gain employment at a fire department or volunteer with a department as soon as possible. This will allow them to obtain corresponding state certifications.

Credit for Experience 
Fire fighters having earned the appropriate certifications issued by the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) may request proficiency credit for Waubonsee fire science courses. It is possible to earn an associate degree by taking as few as 15 credit hours of general education course requirements at our college.

Note: Waubonsee does not award proficiency credit for coursework taken at training facilities such as the Southern Kane County Training Association or the Illinois Fire Service Institute. However, the associated OSFM certifications are accepted.

Scheduling Note for Degree Seekers
Some fire science courses are offered just once each year. Students should plan ahead so as to graduate on time. Please email, or call the Dean for Health Professions and Public Service for more information.

Move Up the Career Ladder
Our noncredit training and certification courses will make you more competitive. The Fire Officer Level 1 courses all include the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshall certification exam upon completion. Learn more about dates, times and pricing.

CTE Showcase — Get The Facts

To get more detailed information about the specific programs you’re interested in, attend the relevant Career and Technology Education (CTE) Showcase session(s).

Sessions include facility tours and faculty talks, along with information focused on program admission requirements and career prospects.

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