Fire Academy

Registration is by permission only.  Additional information may be obtained from the Fire Science Office located at the Public Safety Training Center at 3600 Redbud Blvd, McKinney, Texas 75069 or at the Fire Science website: Students are accepted into the Fire Academy on a competitive basis. Students interested in enrolling in the Fire Academy should contact the Fire Science Office at 972.548.6836. Fire Academy application packets may be printed from the Fire Science website: or students may pick-up an application at either the Fire Science or Advising Office. Students may request to receive an application by mail.    
  • 18 years of age.
  • Provide proof of high school graduation or GED.
  • Complete Collin College application.
  • Complete program application.
  • Complete ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension test (Minimum score 78).
  • Complete ACCUPLACER Arithmetic test (Minimum score 78).
  • Complete WritePlacer  test (Minimum score 4).
  • Complete the physical ability exam and personal interview scheduled  through the Program Director. 
  • Criminal history check.
  • Applicant must be in academic good standing with a 2.0 or higher GPA.
Students who have been involved with the criminal system, please be advised that your background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas.  If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or the department chair. You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency.
Many fire departments require applicants to complete basic firefighter training before they take a fire department entrance exam. Students accepted into the Fire Academy will also complete Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training for state certification. This program awards 32 credits. 
Regulations governing this program require all applicants to meet specific functional abilities – some are without accommodations – for admission and / or successful completion of the program. The specific functional requirements are found in the Functional Abilities / Core Performance Standards documents provided in the program information and application packets. Students who think they may not be able to meet the functional standards   and need accommodation are encouraged to contact the ACCESS department or Program Director as soon as this program is of interest.                     


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