The Recruit Fire Academy offers two paths to firefighter certification.
- The traditional face-to-face academy is a 12-week (545 hour) program of intense classroom and physical training with hands-on training held at Brayton Fire Training Field.
- The 16-week online academy allows scheduling flexibility through 12-weeks of online training, followed by a 4-week boot camp at Brayton Fire Training Field.
How to prepare to be successful candidates in the recruit academy:
- The classroom portion includes a lot of information, so cadets need to be prepared to excel academically to prepare for the state and national certification exams.
- Demonstrate exceptional teamwork and leadership skills which are core values of the fire service.
- Establish professional behavior in the classroom to prepare for working as a firefighter.
- The field exercises and morning physical trainings can be strenuous, be prepared by coming to class in shape.
Upon completion, cadets are eligible to earn IFSAC, TCFP and Pro Board Certifications in:
- NFPA 1001 Firefighter I and II
- NFPA 472 / 1072 Hazardous Materials Awareness, Operations, PPE and Product Control
Our programs meet or exceed the requirements in most states and countries for preparation and/or certification of municipal firefighters. Please check with the fire certification agency in the area where you intend to seek employment to learn what qualifications are required.
Receive college credit for the TEEX Recruit Fire Academy (traditional or online) through unique partnerships between TEEX, Blinn College, and Texas A&M University San Antonio. You are eligible to apply for financial aid by enrolling in the Blinn College Fire Science Technology Degree program.
All students participating in training at TEEX Brayton Fire Training Field are required to follow all guidelines in the Student Safety Manual for the fire field.