Printed on 9/27/2021

Wildland Firefighter

10-058-1 Associate Degree (AAS)
Part Time and Full Time
62 Credits
Financial Aid Eligible
Time of Day: Day
Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

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Your interest in the outdoors and intense physical activity could lead to a rewarding career protecting life, property and natural resources from wildfires. Gain the skills you need to use planned, controlled fire as a tool in wildlife management, forestry or endangered species management. You’ll learn about the ignition and suppression of wildland and prescribed fire, along with the safe operation of equipment. You’ll also get plenty of hands-on experience in live fire situations. Your training will cover ecosystem-based management, emergency response, hazardous materials, structural and wildland fire practices. You’ll be part of an elite and uniquely qualified group of wildland firefighters.

Career Opportunities

  • Endangered Species Technician
  • Engine Crew Member
  • Forestry Technician
  • Hand Crew Member
  • Prescribed Fire Technician
  • Wildland Firefighter
  • Wildland Technician


Estimated Program Cost

Wildland Firefighter

This program will cost about $10,095.17*
based on current tuition and fees.

Additional materials and supplies will cost
about $783.00*.

Textbooks will cost about $976.60*.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
  Costs may not include all books or all materials and supplies.
  Some textbook costs may be included in the estimated program cost.


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Wildland Firefighter

Term Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Summer 2022

* Programs may be available at locations that are not listed here.

* Depending on program enrollment and prerequisite requirements, there may be a wait for some program courses. Please see the additional information section for details.

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  • Admissions Requirements

    Skills Assessment

    An academic skills assessment is required for admission into this program or the following: High School GPA of 2.75 or higher (last 10 years) OR provide completion of associate’s or higher degree OR; 165 or higher on your 2014 series GED tests OR; ACT OR SAT OR Accuplacer OR Companion OR Compass (last 3 years) to waive to the general education level; The cost of the Accuplacer assessment is $15; Catalog #: 94100100; Learn more at

  • Credit Transfer Options

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    Whether you’re an incoming student, transferring to another two-year college or pursuing your bachelor’s degree, we make it easy for you to seamlessly transfer your credits. With full accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, we offer credit transfer agreements with more than 65 two-and four-year colleges.

    Transfer In

    Many students come to Fox Valley Tech with credits they’ve already earned, either while in high school or at other colleges and universities. It’s also possible to be granted credit for career-related knowledge and skills you’ve already mastered.

    Transfer Out

    Is a four-year degree in your future? Save time and money by starting here. You can earn your associate degree at Fox Valley Tech, then apply your credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Or easily transfer your credits to other two-year colleges.

  • Program Outcomes
    • Demonstrate a level of fitness, personal health, professional appearance and behavior required to perform the duties of a wildland firefighter.
    • Demonstrate the ability to function in a highly structured organizational system while adapting to change in a dynamic wildland fire environment.
    • Communicate effectively, in both oral and written format, with other employees, supervisors, government officials, interest groups and individual citizens.
    • Operate wildland fire and prescribed burn equipment safely and efficiently.
    • Complete National Wildfire Coordinating Group certification training to attain qualifications toward Wildland Firefighter Type 1 with an advanced fire behavior understanding.
    • Manage/extinguish live wildland fire and prescribed burns as a member of a team with an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of each position.
    • Analyze the history of wildland fire and its effects on fire suppression in the United States today.
    • Articulate benefits of using prescribed fire to achieve specific management objectives including ecological effects.
  • Additional Information
    Earn the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group certifications as part of your program completion:
    - Wildland Firefighter II certificate and qualification
    - S-219 certificate
    - S-212 certificate
    - S-290 certificate

    Students enrolled in the Wildland Fire program must purchase and wear personal protective equipment that meets industry standards.

    This program may require professional licensure or certification; FVTC has determined that this program meets professional licensure requirements in the state of Wisconsin; however, FVTC has not determined if this program meets professional licensure requirements for other states.

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