Austin Community College moves spring classes to online instruction beginning March 30. Employees transition to work remotely beginning March 23. There will be no classes/exams and campuses will be closed to students March 23-29.
Classes run Monday-Friday from 8:00 to 5:00 p.m, with required physical training classes held twice a week, usually from 6:00 – 7:15 AM. Daily attendance is required for the entire 17-week session. The Fire Academy curriculum follows the Texas Commission on Fire Protection Certification Curriculum Manual. The material covered includes theory and hands-on instruction to prepare students to take the TCFP Basic Firefighter test. Classes are taught by experienced firefighters from around Central Texas and are conducted at the Austin Fire Academy at 4800 Shaw Lane, Building F.
Tuition is based on your residency status (in-district or out-of-district) and varies per student. The Fire Academy courses are also offered through ACC’s Continuing Education department. Out-of-district students should check with Fire Protection Technology department staff to explore the best option for their particular situation.Additional program expenses include textbooks, gear purchase/rental, uniform shirts, course fees and state testing fees. See the estimate of fees for approximate prices and to calculate a personal estimate of your expenses. Prices are subject to change.
Texas Commission on Fire Protection Licensing Requirements
The Texas Commission on Fire Protection has specific requirements that you must meet to receive a Basic Fire Suppression certification and work as a firefighter in Texas. See Basic Fire Suppression Certification on the TCFP website for complete information.The ACC Fire Academy satisfies TCFP’s basic training and testing requirements. Additional licensing prerequisites include a criminal background check and emergency medical responder training. Emergency medical response training is not part of the Fire Academy curriculum, but students may take EMT certification classes through ACC’s Emergency Medical Services Professions department to fulfill this requirement.If you have any questions about the TCFP licensing requirements prior to enrolling in the academy, please contact the ACC Fire Protection Technology Department.