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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York City Fire Department | Evaluated Learning Experience

Fire Cadet Academy Course (FCA) (MNG-102)


1,453 hours (2 years) includes 413 hours of classroom instruction and 1,040 hours of supervised field experience (minimal) which it broken down to a minimum duration of 173 hours per work experience rotation.

Various including: 9 Metrotech – Brooklyn, NY; Fort Totten, Bayside, New York; Randall’s Island, New York, New York.

June 2021 – Present.  

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Supervised Practice
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss and explain how the New York City Fire Department Bureaus operate and work together to have emergency personnel able to respond to emergencies in and around New York City; describe the history of the New York City Fire Department; discuss and achieve optimal nutrition, and tactical fitness required to be a firefighter; perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation; perform basic first aid procedures; perform fire prevention inspections to ensure fire code standards; discuss and explain fire safety initiatives with New York City residents; install smoke detectors according to building and fire code regulations; identify building construction principles and hierarchy; understand, and identify the dangers of manmade and natural disasters and analyze how the Fire Department responds to these types of events; define leadership, and evaluate leadership styles; analyze use of mental aspects of performance for the military, sports industry and fire service.


The two-year program combines three major components: classroom-based instruction; physical fitness training and supervised field experience through rotations. The classroom-based component includes weekly quizzes, examinations, academic readings and lectures on a range of topics including exercises in team and leadership building. The physical fitness component includes drills and instruction. Firefighting is a physically challenging profession. By introducing cadets to the concept of the “Tactical Athlete” the program l physically and mentally prepares cadets for the demands of the profession. Cadets are educated on the exercise and nutritional components necessary to sustain longevity, effectiveness, and the physical health of the firefighter. The hands-on training component is completed through work rotations to learn how departments relate to one another and to provide optimal responses to emergencies. This component allows instructors to use their extensive topic knowledge to provide direct instruction, allowing the Fire Cadets to build a strong foundation. Cadets gain access to tools and equipment to understand their design and use. Additionally, Fire Cadets visit field sites to develop understanding of the construction and design features of numerous types of buildings such as: the Tenement Museum, the New York City Fire Museum, 9/11 Tribute Center, New York City Transit System, and Madison Square Garden/Penn Station. Upon completing all the academic training hours and maintaining the minimum weekly work experience hours over a 2-year period with passing grades on all quizzes, and exams; satisfactory evaluations on all work experience rotations and passing of Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), the Cadet is a candidate for Certificate of Completion of the Fire Cadet Academy. Upon successfully completion of the Fire Cadet Academy and receiving a Certificate of Completion the Candidate must take and pass the civil service Firefighter promotional exam with a minimum score of 70%. Upon receiving the minimum passing score on the Firefighter promotional exam, the Fire Cadet must complete and pass the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) which they prepare for in the Fire Cadet Academy.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 35 total semester hours distributed as: 6 semester hours in Physical Education (2 semester hours in Health Science, or Exercise Science; and 4 semester hours in Physical Education, or Health Education); 6 semester hours in Fire Science, or Fire Service Administration; 6 semester hours in Fire Protection Technology; 5 semester hours in Emergency Management; and 12 semester hours in Public Service Administration (6/21).