Certificate of Achievement in Fire Code Technology

Division of Mathematics, Engineering Technologies and Computer Sciences – Curriculum Code: 3050

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Certificate of Achievement
Why major in Fire Code Technology?

The Fire Code Technology certificate of achievement program is designed to accomplish the following:

      1. Offer the opportunity to fulfill the credentials for state-approved licensing requirements adopted by the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code, which is administered by the Department of Community Affairs;
      2. Provide currently-licensed fire protection subcode enforcement personnel a means by which to upgrade their educational credentials; and
      3. Prepare individuals for fire protection inspector-related employment in private industry.

The underlying principle of this certificate program is the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the people in so far as they are affected by fire protection subcode construction regulations.

Note: The New Jersey State Department of Community Affairs offers students up to 75% reimbursement of the tuition for qualified applicants. If you have any questions about qualifying for tuition reimbursement for this course, you must contact the Department of Community Affairs at (609) 984-7834.

If I major in Fire Code Technology, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The Fire Code Technology certificate program major is career oriented and not designed for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program, but courses earned upon program completion may be applied to an associate’s degree program at ECC. Most or all credits earned in certificate programs that are applied to associate’s degree programs transfer to four-year institutions. See an Mathematics, Engineering Technologies & Computer Sciences Division academic advisor (faculty member) for more information.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.

How long will it take for me to complete this program?

If you do not need developmental coursework and you register for an average of 8 credits each semester, you can complete the certificate of achievement in two years. Note that most students enrolled in the program are working in the field and attend classes in the evening; i.e., are considered part-time students.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-4400 or the West Essex Campus Director of Academic Programs Office at (973) 877-1912.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Review construction plans in terms of compliance with applicable state uniform construction codes and fire protection subcodes;
  • Determine whether construction is in conformance with approved plans;
  • Apply technical and administrative code-related knowledge in fire protection subcode enforcement; and
  • Demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication skills and professional behaviors, which include being able to write technical reports, communicate well with others during site visits/inspections, and effectively work as a member of a team.

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (18 credits)

UCC 109 Subcode Official (3 credits)
UCC 110 Construction Official (3 credits)
UCC 140 Fire Protection Inspector ICS – Part I (4 credits)
UCC 141 Fire Protection Inspector ICS – Part II (4 credits)
UCC 240 Fire Protection Inspector HHS (4 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS (12 credits)

ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
ENG 105 Technical Writing (3 credits)
ARC 131 Construction Methods I (3 credits)
ARC 132 Construction Methods II (3 credits)

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Total Credits Required for Certificate of Achievement: 30

First Semester
UCC 109 Subcode Official (3 credits)
UCC 140 Fire Protection Inspector ICS – Part I (4 credits)

Second Semester
UCC 110 Construction Official (3 credits)
UCC 141 Fire Protection Inspector ICS – Part II (4 credits)

Summer Session
UCC 240 Fire Protection Inspector HHS (4 credits)

Third Semester
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
ARC 131 Construction Methods I (3 credits)

Fourth Semester
ENG 105 Technical Writing (3 credits)
ARC 132 Construction Methods II (3 credits)


 

NOTE: This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, English, and mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

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