Program Description

The Fire Services Leadership Associate Degree program is designed for learners to gain the skills necessary to obtain employment in the fire service field. In addition, this program is designed to prepare current fire service professionals for departmental leadership positions. Learners will obtain knowledge of the fundamentals of fire science, fire safety, leadership and crisis management. Graduates of this program will also earn NTC’s Accelerated Leadership Technical Diploma. The Northcentral Technical College Fire Services Leadership coursework is aligned with the National Fire Academy’s Fire and Emergency Services in Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum.

Approximate Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $10,312
Books & Supplies: $1,027

Starting Salary

Average, based on the WTCS Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Total financial aid offered may not exceed the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA).


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Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

at Wausau
at Antigo
at Medford
at Phillips
at Spencer
at Wittenberg
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.


Graduates will be able to…

  • Explain the principles of using fire service technologies, systems and water supply
  • Apply principles related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives and fire safety planning
  • Implement fire investigation techniques and procedures
  • Employ fire control strategies and tactics
  • Employ essential fire service skills of ethics, leadership and crisis management
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills, problem-solving, decision-making, interpersonal and communication skills integral to success in public service professions
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the information and training required to work at the officer level in the fire service
  • Demonstrate fundamental skills and knowledge relating to the field of fire prevention, inspections and public relations


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Fireman
  • Fire Lieutenant
  • Fire Captain
  • Assistant Fire Chief
  • Fire Chief
  • Battalion Chief
  • Fire Fighter


The Fire Services Leadership Associate Degree is a 64 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

Principles Of Emergency Services 2.00
Written Communication 3.00
English Composition 1 3.00
Math With Business Applications 3.00
Fire Prevention 4.00
Fire Behavior And Combustion 3.00
College 101 1.00

Second Term

Intro To Psychology 3.00
Technical Reporting 3.00
Fire Protection Systems 3.00
Principles Of Emerg Svcs Safety & Survival 3.00
Building Construction For Fire Protection 3.00

Third Term

Leading Change And Diversity 3.00
Think Critically & Creatively 3.00
Fire Protection Hydraulics 3.00
Oral/interpersonal Communication 3.00
Principles Of Fire And Emergency Service Administration 3.00

Fourth Term

Leading Strategically 3.00
Strategies, Tactics & Inc Mgmt 4.00
Occupational Safety And Health For Emergency Services 3.00
Hazardous Materials Chemistry 2.00
Organizational Behavior And Development 3.00
Legal Aspects Of Emergency Services 3.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Transfer Information

You can continue your education to earn a four-year degree in a variety of ways.

Program Transfer

The following transfer guides, executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions, are based on agreements that allow you to continue your program at another college.

School Name Degree Name
Purdue Global Bachelor of Fire Science
Southern Illinois University Bachelor of Public Safety Management
UW Oshkosh Bachelor of Fire & Emergency Response Management

General Transfer

All associate degrees transfer to a variety of programs at other partner colleges to give you the opportunity to continue your education in other areas of study.

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Cost of Attendance

2023-2024 Estimated Academic Year Budgeted Cost of Attendance

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget that includes categories of expenses that a student can expect to incur while attending college. The COA does not reflect actual charges. It is an average based on the estimated living costs typical of our region. In determining the cost of attendance, Northcentral Technical College uses the budget established by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Financial Aid Budget Work Group. This budget is used to determine financial need for all students who apply for financial aid. A student's cost of attendance is composed of all educational expenses that can be included for financial aid purposes that a student may accrue while pursuing their education for the year (or semester, if enrolled less than a year). A student's financial aid cannot exceed their cost of attendance. Schools are required to provide a fuller picture of what it may cost students to pursue their degree, not just what they will owe in tuition/fees and books/supplies.

Please Note: this COA budget estimate assumes full-time attendance for two semester Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.
ExpensesStudent Living With Parents (Home)Student Living on Own (Other)
Full-time Tuition (based on a total of 30 credits, 15 credits fall and 15 credits spring)

In-State Tuition & Fees


Out-of-State Tuition & Fees


In-State Tuition & Fees


Out-of-State Tuition & Fees


Living Expenses (Housing & Food)$4,052$9,614
Books / Supplies$2,061$2,061
Personal Expenses$2,245$2,245
Loan Fees$83$83
Total Estimated Cost Of Attendance









* Tuition listed is based on approved rates for the 2023-2024 academic year with a projected base increase of 1.65%. Rates are approved each March by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and estimated budgets are updated at that time.

Students with dependent care, computer or study abroad expenses should contact the Financial Aid Office to document allowable expenses which may serve to increase their COA.

Students awarded Federal Direct Loan(s) also have an average of the mandatory loan fees automatically added to their COA.

Students with disability-related expenses may contact the Financial Aid Office to have their additional expenses considered. Disability-related expenses include but are not limited to: personal assistance, equipment, and supplies. The Financial Aid Office may potentially include disability expenses in the COA that are not provided by other assisting agencies.

NTC also offers a Net Price Calculator to help estimate costs.

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Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

This associate degree does not qualify students for state certification as a fire fighter. In the state of Wisconsin, students must complete at least Firefighter 1 (#47-503-720), Firefighter 2 (#47-503-730) and Hazardous Materials Operations (#47-503-780) to become certified. Residents outside of Wisconsin should check their state certification requirements.

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