CAL FIRE Firefighter Basic Certification

CAL FIRE - San Diego Unit, in conjunction with Miramar College FIPT provides training and certification courses that when combined are equivalent to the CAL FIRE Basic Wildland Firefighter Academy.  This certificate is required for entry-level employment as a Seasonal Firefighter for CAL FIRE and ONLY available to San Diego Miramar College students.

Note: The following classes are bundled together to earn the CAL FIRE Basic Certificate and is included in the beginning of the cohort of the Entry Level Firefighter One Academy or offered as a stand alone cohort during the Spring Semester.  Absolutely NO other  training or previous experience for this program is recognized with the exception of SFT certification courses.

Fire Technology Courses Required for CAL FIRE Basic Certification


 Course Description


 Introduction to Fire Suppression Manipulative Tasks (Beginning) - 80 Hours*


 Introduction to Fire Suppression Manipulative Tasks (Intermediate) - 80 Hours*


 Wildland Firefighter Safety and Survival - 88 Hours*


 Hazardous Materials/WMD Operations - 24 hours*


 Confined Space Awareness - 8 hours*


 Firefighter Survival - 24 hours*

  Italicized courses are required to earn the CAL FIRE BASIC Certification  

*Must complete these through Miramar College per CAL FIRE Agreement

CAL FIRE Basic Academy Application

Please complete this Application if you are interested in attending the Spring CAL FIRE BASIC Academy starting January 31, 2022.  Miramar is offering one stand alone CAL FIRE Basic Academy annually, during the Spring semester.  The Miramar CAL FIRE Academy is approximately 300 hours in length and is offered Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm for 9 weeks starting the first day of the Spring Semester.  The CAL FIRE BASIC Academy application period is Nov 15- Nov 30, 2021 for the Spring Academy.  If interest, please complete the CAL FIRE BASIC Academy Student Interest Application.

CAL FIRE Academy Application  

Written Exam

The written exam is based on FF 1 standards and curriculum from a combination of courses listed above and is conducted at the end of the FIPT 150W course by CAL FIRE Training Division. The exam is a 100 question multiple- choice exam. You are allowed 1 hour and 45 minutes.  This course will be offered as part of the Cohort of Courses for the Firefighter I Academy or the stand alone CAL FIRE Only Academy.

Once a student has completed the courses listed above he/she will be eligible to receive a CAL FIRE Basic Fire Academy certificate issued by CAL FIRE.  At the end of FIPT 150W, Students are to submit evidence of all requirements listed above including transcripts, certificates, CAL FIRE Ladder skills check-off and completion of the CAL FIRE Basic Written Exam.  Students in 150W will need to prepare their package as one pdf document. Instructions will be provided at the end of the FIPT 150W class to complete the certification will CAL FIRE.

1.     CalFire check off sheet

2.     Ladder test sheet (kept with Instructional Lab Technicians)

3.     Written test score (kept with Instructional Lab Technicians)

4.     Copy of unofficial transcripts as needed in PDF form

5.     All required certifications in one PDF

This program DOES NOT recognize a Fire Academy from another college.  This agreement is unique to students in the San Diego Miramar Program.  The CAL FIRE BASIC ACADEMY Certificate issued at the end of the training is recognized by all CAL FIRE Units across the state