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State Certification Programs

Fire Academy

College of DuPage Fire Science Division offers an Office of the State Fire Marshall approved Basic Operations Fire Academy. The Basic Operations Fire Academy is divided up into (3) modules and is completed over the 16 week semester during the Fall and Spring semesters only.

Eighteen hours of program electives are earned during the academy with the opportunity to earn more towards the AAS in Fire Science. All attendees of the Basic Operations Fire Academy must be a member of a Fire Department and require a permit prior to registration.

For more information about the Basic Operations Fire Academy or the AAS in Fire Science, please contact EMS/Fire Science Manager Dan Krakora at (630) 942-2107 or krakora@cod.edu

Fire graduate photo

Fall 2019 Graduating Class, front row left to right: Joe Catanzaro, Cody Whelton, Vlad Malinovic, Nick McKinney; second row: Colleen Rafferty, Trever Abraham, Nick Cochran, Bryan Kuhter; third row: William Watkins, Chris Rubo, Edgar Munoz, Ryan Rompel; fourth row: Instructor Mike Delillo, back row: Instructors: Andy Detolve, BC Don Faulhaber, Captain Eric Ermer, Academy Director Lt. Jason Day

Fire Officer Classes

College of DuPage offers the new Company Officer and Advanced Fire Officer programs. To search for classes, go to to the online Class Schedule, click on "Search for Credit Classes," then select your term and "Fire Science" from the Subject drop-down menu, and "Undergraduate" in the Academic Level drop down menu.

All Company Officer and Advanced Fire Officer courses are OSFM recognized and approved for certification upon successful completion of the program requirements.  College credit is also earned towards the A.A.S. in Fire Science.

All Company Officer and Advanced Fire Officer courses are restricted to active fire service personnel only and require a permit to register from the fire science program manager.


Program Contact Information

Please visit the Program Contacts page for detailed information.