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2021 - 2022 Catalog
Program: Fire Protection Technology
Degree Plan: Fire Arson/Investigation Certificate

Note: This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information, please visit:

(Level 1 Certificate)

El Centro campus only

  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code: C1.FIRE.ARSON

The Fire and Arson Investigation Certificate provides students with the technical and professional knowledge to prepare for a career in fire and arson investigation. The program is designed for students who desire employment and/or **certification as an Arson Investigator. All credits earned in this program may be applied toward the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Protection Technology.

**In order to be certified by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection as a Basic Arson Investigator, an individual must possess a current basic peace officer's license from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education or documentation that the individual is a federal law enforcement officer; hold a current commission as a peace officer with the employing entity for which the arson investigations will be done; and complete a commission approved basic fire investigation training program and successfully pass the commission examination.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
FIRT 1338 Fire Protection Systems 3
FIRT 1303 Fire and Arson Investigation 1 3
FIRT 1327 Building Construction in the Fire Service 3
Semester Total 9
Course Course Title Credit Hours
FIRT 1315 Hazardous Materials 1 3
FIRT 2380 Cooperative Education-Fire Protection and Safety Technology/Technician 3
FIRT 2333 Fire and Arson Investigation 2 3
Semester Total 9
Minimum Hours Required 18

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.