Overview

Certification and education is essential for many career fields, especially for professionals looking to advance as a wildland firefighter. If you are interested in maximizing your career potential, consider formalizing your wildland fire training with our two-year degree program in Wildland Fire Management. If you are currently working as a full-time, seasonal, or volunteer  wildland firefighter, this degree can utilize your National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) courses to satisfy the AAS degree requirements. Specialized, short-term training is also available through each spring through the CWI Wildland Fire Academy, which is coordinated with BLM, US Forestry and IDL.

Mission

To help full-time, seasonal, or volunteer firefighters take the next step by formalizing their career potential through our two-year degree program in Wildland Fire Management.

Why This Program

Certification and education is essential for many career fields, but that fact couldn’t be truer for professionals looking to advance as a wildland firefighter. If you are interested in maximizing your career potential, consider formalizing your wildland fire training with our two-year degree program in Wildland Fire Management.

If you are currently working as a full-time, seasonal, or volunteer firefighter, this degree can utilize your National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) courses to satisfy the AAS degree requirements.

Specialized, short-term training is also available through College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Business Partnerships/Workforce Development each spring through the Wildland Fire Academy.

Additional Opportunities

Full-time, seasonal, and volunteer firefighters desiring this degree will be able to use their National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) courses to satisfy the AAS degree requirements

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Wildland Fire Management

AAS

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Delivery Formats:
Traditional

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Registration Open April 14 November 10 April 13
Financial Aid Priority Date July 14 December 1 May 11
Admission Deadline August 8 December 22 May 15
Tuition and Fees Due August 22 January 9 May 29
Last Day to Register August 22 January 9 May 29
Classes Begin August 25 January 12 June 1*
*Some classes begin before this date. See class schedule for more information.

Advising

Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, available each semester, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

The Wildland Fire Academy is offered each spring. The academy is offered to federal and state wildland fire fighting agencies, contractors and individuals. Classes offered to firefighters include how to be effective and how to survive in the hazardous wildland fire environment. Classes for veteran firefighters and managers include management techniques and protocol for ground support, air support, incident response and command, and forensics.

For a complete course listing and application information please visit the Southwest Idaho Fire Training website. The goal of these programs is to provide a well-balanced training curriculum, coupled with on the job learning experiences, to promote safety, efficiency, interagency cooperation, and professionalism in the fire service community.

Note: Wildland work is physically demanding-you must attend and pass the pack test the week of the Wildland Fire Academy. The Pack test is an endurance test and consists of wearing a 45-pound back pack and walking 3 miles in 45 minutes. You must sign a waiver of liability form to be able to participate in the pack test.

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