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Certificate of Completion in Fire Code Technology

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

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Certificate of Completion

 

Why major in Fire Code Technology?

The Fire Code Technology certificate of completion 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, 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 of completion 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.

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

The major is job-oriented and not designed for transfer to a baccalaureate program, but courses earned upon program completion may be applied to an associate’s degree program at ECC. Also, many four-year colleges and universities may apply some or all of the courses you have taken toward a bachelor‚Äôs degree depending upon their program requirements.

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 course work and you register for an average of 8 credits each semester, you can complete the certificate of completion in two years. You may shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer. 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 Associate Dean’s Office (West Essex Campus) 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)

Total Credits Required for Certificate of Completion: 30

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES:

 

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, writing, and mathematics as well as other pre- and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.