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  • 2019 Academies

    • Part-Time begins April 2019
    • Fire/EMT begins June 2019
    • Fire Academy begins Fall 2019
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Firefighting Academy

  • Firefighter jobs

    Our academy prepares you to become a firefighter.


    To become a professional firefighter in Florida, you must have:

    • EMT-Basic certification
    • Firefighter II certification
    • Completed Firefighter Minimum Standards Certified training (such as SPC's) OR
    • Have received an equal amount of training in another state
  • Become a firefighter

    As a firefighter, you often risk your life to protect the public. The St. Petersburg College Firefighting Academy prepares you for this challenging and rewarding career at its cutting-edge Fire and Public Safety Training Center.

    Our academy is certified as a training center by the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training. Once you complete the academy courses, you earn a Firefighting I and II certificate and are qualified to take the state certification exam.

    What you learn

    • Fire service orientation and culture
    • Physical fitness training
    • Fire chemistry
    • Building construction
    • Firefighter safety
    • Methods of fire control and suppression
    • Use and construction of:
      • Fire hose and appliances
      • Fireservice ladders and application
  • Combined Firefighter/EMT program

    For information on the combined Firefighter/EMT program, contact Stephanie Calvert at the Fire Training Center at 727-302-6873.

    Fire Academy schedule and length

    The Fire Academy consists of 450 hours of training and is usually offered as a full-time and part-time academy.

    Full-time academy 

    • 13 weeks
    • 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • Monday through Friday
    • Usually offered September through December and January through April.

    Part-time academy 

    • 23 weeks
    • 4:45 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Saturday
    • Usually offered April through September

    How to get in

    You need to complete Medical First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic training before attending SPC's Fire Academy.

    How to apply to the Firefighting Academy

    1. Take the Physical Abilities Test (PAT)
      You need to register in advance for this test. Contact the program office at 727-302-6873 for test dates and registration information. You must pass the PAT to proceed to step 3.
      Need some help preparing for the PAT? Register for the Physical Abilities Prep Class.
    2. Contact an Advisor
      Contact Stephanie Calvert at 727-302-6873 or Calvert.Stephanie@spcollege.edu for advising.
    3. Apply to SPC
      Complete SPC's online admission application
      Request your high school and college transcripts
      Students who are enrolled in the fire academy program must complete an entry-level basic skills examination within the first six (6) weeks after admission into the program. Successful completion of level 10 in one of the two examinations below is required.
      •  Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE), Complete Battery or Survey Form, Forms 9 and 10, 2003;
      •  Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.);

        **Candidates accepted into the program must complete this requirement by the sixth week of the fire standards program or they will be withdrawn from the program regardless of their program grade point average. Due to the intense coursework during the fire academy, it is highly recommended that students accomplish the basic level skills requirement before the start of the program.**

        Exceptions to the above basic skills requirements:
        • The Student entered a Florida public or charter high school in the 2003-2004 school year, and any year thereafter, and graduated beginning 2007, and any year thereafter, with a Florida standard high school diploma;
        • The Student is serving as an active duty member of any branch of the U.S. Armed Services;
        • The Student has an associate degree or higher;
        • The Student has official "valid" placement test scores that meet the state-designated minimums for college-level English and math courses;
        • The Student has successfully completed college preparatory or developmental education course requirements in English, reading and math;
        • The Student provides proof of successful completion of college-level English and math courses from a regionally accredited college or university;
        • The student has passed a state, national, or industry certification or licensure examination;
        • The student is enrolled in an apprenticeship program that is registered with the Florida Department of Education.
    4. Apply for State Certification
      Complete the application packet for Firefighter Certification, available after you pass the PAT.
      Bring your completed application packet to the Fire Training Center on the dates announced at the PAT.
    5. Verify your EMT Certification
      You must provide either:
      Proof that you are a current Emergency Medical Responder, Florida EMT or Paramedic OR
      Proof that you are currently enrolled in an EMT Program and ensure you will complete the EMT lecture, lab, and clinical components of the program prior to your first day of the Firefighting Academy.
      CAUTION: If you are attending an EMT Program at another institution, you must verify that your schedule will allow you to complete at least 75% of the EMT Program and that there are no scheduling conflicts with your classes at the Firefighting Academy.
    6. Register
      If you are accepted into the program, you will complete a registration form at the Fire Training Center. You then register and pay tuition at the EpiCenter.
  • Fire Academy Costs

    The Fire Academy is a postsecondary adult vocational training program. Students are not eligible for federal financial aid due to the length of the program; however, Florida Prepaid and Bright Futures can be applied toward tuition. Bright Futures eligibility is contingent upon the length of the program (minimum of 180 clock hours and the clock hours must occur within the starting and ending dates for regular term credit hour programs). A Bright Futures recipient with a prior Baccalaureate Degree is ineligible for funding. Contact Financial Assistance Services for further details.

    Fees must be paid up front.

    Please contact Stephanie Calvert at 727-302-6873 for information on tuition.

    Assistance for Veterans

    Financial assistance is available to veterans who qualify. Contact the Veterans Services Office at 727-341-4271 for more information.

  • SPC Fire Training Center

    Fire and Public Safety Training Center
    5005 126th Ave. N
    Clearwater, FL 33760

    From Northern Pinellas County:  

    • Drive south on U.S. 19
    • Exit to the right at Ulmerton Road
    • Turn left under the U.S. 19 overpass
    • Head east on Ulmerton Road
    • Turn right (south) at 49th Street (at the traffic light)
    • Turn right (west) on 126th Ave North
    • Location is a block down on the right

    From Southern Pinellas County:  

    • Drive north on U.S. 19
    • Exit to the right at Ulmerton Road and head east
    • Turn right (south) at 49th Street (at the traffic light)
    • Turn right (west) on 126th Ave North
    • Location is a block down on the right

    From Tampa:  

    • Drive west on the Howard Franklin Bridge
    • Take exit 31 for Ulmerton Road (SR 688)
    • Turn left (south) at 49th Street North (at the traffic light)
    • Turn right (west) on 126th Ave North
    • Location is a block down on the right