Cal Fire Basic Wildland Firefighter Certification - UPDATED New Process

Cal Fire Basic Fire Academy Checklist

***During Winter Intersession (December 16th – Jan 28th) please schedule CalFire Written Exam with ILT Sean Brambir (***

Cal Fire - San Diego Unit, in conjunction with Miramar College FIPT provides training and certification courses that when combined are equivalent to the Cal Fire Basic Wildland Firefighter Academy.  This certificate is required for entry-level employment as a Seasonal Firefighter for Cal Fire.  The following classes must be completed at Miramar College or Southwestern.  Classes outside of Miramar or Southwestern will need to be verified through the credit by exam process. (Note: The following classes are bundled together to earn the Cal Fire Basic Certificate, there is NOT a stand- alone Cal Fire Basic Academy)

Fire Technology Courses Required for Cal Fire Basic Certification

FIPT 150A (8 week course) Course

FIPT 150B (8 week course) Course (Includes Cal Fire Ground Ladder)

FIPT 110A  Wildland Course (includes S-130, S-190, L-180)

FIPT 323B (CSTI) Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations - 24 hours

FIPT 322B Confined Space Awareness - 8 hours

FIPT 322C or 394L (Special Topics) FSTEP Firefighter Survival - 24 hours

(FYI not FIPT 120)

Written Exam

The written exam is based on FF 1 standards and curriculum from a combination of courses listed above including FIPT 110A.  Make sure to review the Cal Fire Basic Power Points on this webpage! The exam is a 100 question multiple- choice exam. You are allowed 1 hour and 45 minutes. You will use a provided scan-tron for the answer sheet.  DO NOT WRITE ON THE EXAM.  The passing score is 80%. You are allowed multiple attempts, but on different dates.

The exam MUST be taken in the Independent Learning Center. (ILC) Room L104. You may walk in at anytime between 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (Center closes at 8:00pm).

Students will retun the scan-tron and student information sheet to the ILC staff. Fire Technology staff will grade the exam and email the results. The results must be included in the final documentation provided to the college on the checklist.

Ladder Skills Exam

Students must show proficiency in raising and lowering the Cal Fire Three Section 20' Ground Ladder.  Students who already have credit for FIPT 150B must review the skills sheet from this webpage and attend an open lab time on campus to practice and complete the ladder skills sign on sheet. Schedule an open lab day by clicking on "Open Lab Hours" to the right or the link below.

***If you are unable to make your scheduled appointment please cancel through the Eventbrite webpage***

Certification Process through Miramar Fire Technology and Cal Fire

Our Instructional Lab Technician (ILT) SDFD Firefighter Sean Brambir is now the coordinator for the Cal Fire Certification Process.

Once a student has completed the courses listed above he/she will be eligible to receive a Cal Fire Basic Fire Academy certificate issued by Cal Fire.  Students are to submit evidence of all requirements listed above including transcripts, certificates, Cal Fire Ladder skills check-off and completion of the Cal Fire Basic Written Exam.  Download the checklist and complete it and make one PDF file emailed to

1.     CalFire check off sheet

2.     Ladder test sheet (kept with Firefighter Brambir)

3.     Written test score (kept with Firefighter Brambir)

4.     Copy of unofficial transcripts as needed in PDF form

5.     All required certifications in one PDF

Cal Fire Ladder Skills Sheet

Open Lab Hours Schedule

Cal Fire Basic Power Point (Review)