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Two firefighers who graduated from the Professional Firefighter Academy at The University of Akron

Professional Firefighter Academy

Offered by the Training Center for Fire and Hazardous Materials, part of The College of Applied Science and Technology at The University of Akron

The Professional Firefighter Academy will give you the training you need to begin your career as an emergency service professional. Students receive training from some of the top fire instructors in the state, and they learn how to perform in the safest, most efficient, and most effective ways possible while working at an emergency scene. Finally, upon successful completion of the academy and receiving Ohio certification as a Firefighter II, our students earn college credit toward a fire-protection technology associate degree.

About the Firefighter Academy course

This Firefighter Academy course meets current National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Standard Professional Firefighter Professional Qualifications and includes 16 Hours of Drivers Training. (All University of Akron students will receive 11 credit hours toward their Fire Protection Technology Associate degree upon completion of this course and passing the State Examination.)

Turnout Gear Required: UA can rent turnout gear at students request for $600. 

After successfully completing the course, you will receive the following:

  • State of Ohio Firefighter 1 & 2 certification.
  • State of Ohio Hazardous Materials - Operations level certification.
  • National Incident Management System IS100 & IS700 certification.
  • 11 credits toward an Associate Degree in Fire Protection Technology.

The course provides hands-on experience with the following:

  • Forcible Entry.
  • Fire Attack and Fire Suppression.
  • Search and Rescue.
  • Vehicle Extrication Techniques.
  • Ventilation.
  • Various other applicable hands-on skills.

Academy prerequisites

You must meet the following prerequisites for enrollment:

  1. Must be 18 years of age and possess a valid Ohio Driver’s License.   
  2. Have not been convicted of, plead guilty to, or had a judicial finding of guilt or are currently under indictment for any of the following:
    • a felony; 
    • misdemeanor other than a minor traffic violation;
    • a violation of any federal, state, county or municipal narcotics law;
    • any act committed in another state, that, if committed in Ohio, would constitute a violation set forth in 4765-11-03 (16) (b) of the Ohio Administrative Code.
  3. Have not been adjudicated mentally incompetent by a court of law.
  4. Do not currently engage in the illegal use of controlled substances, alcohol, or other habit-forming drugs or chemical substances.
  5. Have not ever been convicted of, plead guilty to, or had a judicial finding of guilt for fraud or material deception in applying for, or obtaining a certificate, issued under Chapter 4765-11 or the Ohio Administrative Code.

Enroll today

Full-time Professional Fire Academy course


October 16 to December 8, 2017


Portage Lakes Career Center
4401 Shriver Road
Uniontown, OH 44685

More information

Matt Claflin
Training Coordinator
Polsky 309

Kathy Shaffer