Fire Protection Technology

The Fire Protection Technology program is for individuals interested in becoming certified structural firefighters. Students who successfully complete the curriculum will be awarded a Certificate of Completion and will be eligible to take the state certification exam. This program also offers Continuing Education courses for current firefighters.


Upcoming Courses

Spring 2025 Academy (Class #63) 

Preregistration begins April 10, 2024

Dates: Begins January 13, 2025 ends May 5, 2025

Preregistration begins November 4, 2024

Academies are filling quickly. If you contact us early, we will save a place in the class for you. 

Contact us at 254-299-6511 or 254-717-8931 (cell) to schedule an appointment or send an email to to be put on the list for the spring class. 

Fall 2024 Academy (This course is currently full) 

Dates: Begins August 26, 2024 ends December 6, 2024 

Classes run 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., five days a week with one Saturday class for vehicle rescue. The fire academy is a one-semester level 1 certificate program. Students may start the process of applying now by going to Become A Student and begin step two and apply for financial aid. The fire academy is eligible for all financial aid.

About: This is an approved Basic Structural Firefighter course for certification as a firefighter in Texas. In order to be certified as a firefighter in Texas, cadets should also take the Emergency Medical Technician course, which is also available through McLennan Community College.

Registration: Contact the program coordinator, Stephen Cook, at 254-299-6511 or 254-717-8931 (cell) to schedule an appointment or send an email to

Program costs

In county: $3653

Out of county: $4085

Out of state: $5453

Tuition and fees include bunker gear use, leather firefighting boots and gloves, uniform shirts, uniform jacket, workout shorts and shirts, and state testing fees. 

Books run approximately $200. You will be responsible for providing your own pants, station boots and workout shoes.

Prices are estimates. 

To enter the McLennan Fire Academy you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be eligible to be a firefighter in Texas. This means you may not have any felony convictions.
  • You must be eligible for entry into McLennan Community College and have either a high school diploma or GED.
  • You should discuss any Class A misdemeanors with the Chief Training Officer before attempting to enroll. If you have prior military service, we strongly recommend that if your DD214 is not either "honorable" or "general under honorable," you talk with the Chief Training Officer before attempting to enroll.
  • All cadets will engage in physical training. You must have a medical release from your physician.