Public Service Technology

Fire ScienceFire Science - Certificate

The Fire Science certificate is designed for individuals who are employed in the field of Fire and Rescue or are interested in pursuing training in this field. A combination of Fire Science Exemption Credit (FSC) and general education prepares graduates for advanced career opportunities and professional development. The general education core is intended to provide students with skills in the following areas: oral and written communication, interpersonal relationships, leadership, and management. Most courses are offered via distance learning to accommodate students employed on shift work. Courses in this certificate program also apply to the Associate in Applied Science, Fire Service Administration emphasis. 

Note: Fire Science Exemption Credit is given for approved National Fire Academy training based on recommendations made by the American Council on Education (ACE) and awarded per the S.C. Technical College System guidelines. National Fire Academy training can only be obtained by being employed or a volunteer with local fire departments or rescue agencies. 

Credit Requirements: 36 semester credit hours


Career Outlook

The Fire Science certificate prepares students to meet the challenges of preventing fires and reducing the loss of life and property in today's rapidly changing emergency services delivery system.

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College's Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

For more information about gainful employment, visit: http://www.hgtc.edu/righttoknow.

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