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Fire Prevention/Investigation

2017-18 Graduation Guide [PDF]

Certificate of Completion
Major Code: 430201B
Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

The Fire Prevention/Investigation one-year certificate program is designed to provide basic skills
and work experience for those entering the profession. It provides courses aimed at upgrading the
skills of professional firefighters and fire prevention officers. Knowledge of fire prevention, building
construction, related codes and laws, public education, public relations, and fire investigation are
some of the areas addressed.

The program is coordinated in conjunction with the Fire Science Associate of Applied Science
(AAS) degree. Courses are either in the core of the AAS degree or chosen from the approved elective
list. Coursework is accredited by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.
The U.S. Department of Education requires disclosure of specific information about career and
technical certificate programs to prospective students. Data includes Standard Occupational
Classification (SOC) codes (, graduation rates, tuition and fees, typical costs
for books and supplies, job placement rates for students completing the programs, and median loan
debt incurred by students completing the programs. For more information visit

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant
to the discipline. For a list of learning outcomes for this discipline or program, see

Entry Requirements

As part of their training program, students are also required to take a placement test to determine
skill levels and readiness in math, reading and writing. Students must begin with the courses within
their skill levels as determined by the placement test scores. In addition, students may also be
required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success. The Fire Science
program advisor will work with each student to design an individualized sequence of instruction.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college
registration policies and the Fire Science program coordinator’s approval. In order to ensure that
coursework is current, program courses over 10 years old must be reviewed and approved by the
program coordinator before being accepted toward core requirements.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all courses in this program with a “C” or better grade to receive their certificates.
Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these
courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.

Course No.
Course Title
CS__ Approved 3-4 credit computer science class, CS120 or above or documented computer proficiency

Note: Required for graduation. Successful completion of CS120 or otherwise meeting the proficiency requirement within the last 10 years fulfills this requirement. Contact a computer science adviser to help determine placement.

FRP251 Firefighter Level I 1 3
FRP251L Firefighter Level I Lab 1 5
MTH20 Pre-algebra or designated placement test score 4
RD90 College Reading or designated placement test score 4
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or designated placement test score 3
  Total Prerequisite Credits 19-23
Required Courses
Course No.
Course Title
First Term
FRP256 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3
FRP264 Building Construction for Fire Protection 3
FRP282 Introduction to Codes and Related Ordinances 3
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or higher level math 4
WR121 English Composition I 4
Second Term
FRP241 Fire Prevention Inspections 3
FRP246 Hazardous Materials I for Inspectors 3
FRP262 Fundamentals of Fire Prevention 3
FRP272 Fixed Systems and Extinguishers 3
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking or SP218 Interpersonal Communication 4
Third Term
FRP199 Workshop: Selected Topics 3
FRP238 Public Education, Relations and Information 3
FRP243 Advanced Fire and Arson Investigation 3
FRP273 Fire Investigation 3
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations or BT101 Human Relations in Organizations 3
  Total Program Credits 48
1 FRP251 taken previously for 8 credits but without a separate lab is also acceptable.

For more information contact the Fire Science program:

Grants Pass or Medford: 541-245-7965
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7965
Web address:
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711