Fire Training Academy Application Process
Students must complete all steps in the application process listed below to be considered for acceptance into the Fire Training Academy. We encourage you to complete steps simultaneously so that you can work through the entire process in a timely manner.
All forms must be dropped off to the KeyBank Public Safety Training Center by January 26, 2021. Drop‐off is by appointment only. Email mary.paulus@tri‐c.edu to schedule a time.
Complete and submit the entire Fire Training Academy application to begin the application process. Online application not compatible with Internet Explorer.
Fire Training Academy students must also be current Tri-C students. Those who are new to Tri-C or who previously attended but aren't current students must apply for regular student admission/readmission and obtain Tri-C acceptance as part of the academy application process.
Current Tri-C students must be in good academic and financial standing with the College and must provide a valid S-Number to attend the academy. Call 216-987-4200 to check your student standing. Acceptance into the College is part of the application process and does not constitute acceptance into the Fire Training Academy.
Each applicant must take standardized math and English assessment tests, score at the college level and provide the academy with verification of test completion. Assessments cannot be taken until a Tri-C admissions application is submitted. This process is different from registration. Testing Center locations and hours.
- Self-pay: Payment plans set up before the first day of class.
- Financial aid and scholarships: Complete a FAFSA online or call 216-987-6000 to obtain a financial aid packet. *Tri-C school code: 003040; Program code: S505
- Veteran benefits
Pre-entrance screenings can be conducted simultaneously or in any order. All screenings must be completed before starting the Fire Training Academy.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS will only accept physical examinations conducted by a medical doctor (M.D.) osteopath (D.O.) or physician assistant (PA) licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board or by a certified nurse practitioner (CNP) licensed by the Ohio State Board of Nursing. Complete the Fire Training Academy Medical Evaluation Form and take it with you to the examination. The medical professional will complete the bottom portion of the form. Return completed, signed original forms to the Fire Training Academy office. Email/fax copies not accepted.
ODPS requires a BCI background check. The cost is $40 to applicants for the background check. Form of payment is a money order made payable to Cuyahoga Community College. Cash, checks and credit cards are NOT accepted. You must schedule an appointment to complete the background check. Bring your driver’s license or state ID, Social Security card and payment to the following location:
- Cuyahoga Community College, Police Academy office
- Public Safety Training Center, Western Campus (Parma) — Tuesdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. by appointment only. Email LETraining@tri-c.edu to schedule an appointment.
The firefighter physical agility test (PAT) consists five tasks over a timed course. Applicants must successfully complete all tasks in seven minutes or less for entrance into the Fire Training Academy.
The cost is $60 to take the test and is due at the time of registering for the assessment.
Applicants must have medical insurance to qualify to enroll in Academy. A copy of your medical insurance card must be submitted to the Fire Training Academy office. Attach document and send now.
If you do not currently have health insurance, you can purchase it through the federal marketplace at healtcare.gov, through a private exchange or directly from an insurer. Cuyahoga Community College doesn't endorse and specific method of insurance or insurer.
You must complete the FEMA courses for NIMS 100 and 700 and email a copy of your test results to the Fire Training Academy office prior to the application deadline. Courses can be found on the FEMA website.
You must have a current CPR/BLS card to join the Fire Training Academy. A copy of your card needs to be emailed to the Fire Training Academy office before the application deadline.
If you do not have a current CPR/BLS card, you must be enrolled in the Heartsaver CPR AED and First Aid course before the application deadline. Completion is a condition for enrollment in the academy.
Complete the Assumption of Risk and Agreement to Hold Harmless Form. Email/fax copies not accepted.
You must make an appointment to turn in your complete application packet. Do not make an appointment until all requirements are completed, including passing the physical agility test. Appointments are scheduled Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The following signed, original forms should be dropped off to the Fire Training Academy office (by appointment only). Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your drop-off.
- Copy of math and English assessment scores
- Completed, original Medical Evaluation Form (signed by medical professional)
- Signed, original SF102 Request for National WebCheck®
- Original physical agility test certificate
- Copy of medical insurance card (if not previously emailed)
- Copy of NIMS 100 and 700 test results (if not previously emailed)
- Copy of CPR/BLS card or proof of enrollment in a CPR/BLS course (if not previously emailed)
- Copy of valid driver's license with full driving privileges (if not previously emailed)
- Signed, original of Assumption of Risk and Agreement to Hold Harmless Form