Due to an abundance of caution regarding the COVID-19 virus, many in-person classes have been suspended at RCCD colleges and education centers. While lecture courses at MVC are being conducted online, State Fire Training courses have either been cancelled or, for courses mandating in-person instruction, will be subject to strict social distancing guidelines until further notice. See the class schedule and speak to a BCTC representative for more information. The Ben Clark Training Center is not open to students at this time.

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Fire Academy at Ben Clark Training Center

Moreno Valley College offers a Basic Firefighter Academy through the Ben Clark Training Center. Our 12-week, 19 college unit program provides students with a basic knowledge of fire service operations and to provide them with the entry-level skills required by most fire departments.

Fire Program Students

Our program is accredited through the California State Fire Marshal’s Office and upon successful completion of the Academy students will be eligible to receive their State of California Firefighter I certificate.

All college units earned through the Fire Academy may be applied to an Associate degree. The full-time academy session will be held during the hours of 0600 to 1800 hours Monday through Friday.

Academy Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • FIT-1 (or equivalent)
  • California State EMT Card or current NREMT card
  • Physical Agility Test (CPAT or Biddle)

Degrees and Certificates

The Moreno Valley College Fire Academy at BCTC offers a fully accredited Associate of Science Degree in Fire Technology.

In addition, students may receive certificates for topics in Fire Control, Incident Command Systems, Hazardous Materials, Terrorism, Rescue and CAL FIRE Basic. For more information, view a full list of degree and certificate offerings.

Apply to the Academy

For additional information regarding Academy application, visit the Fire Academy page or contact the department of Public Safety Education and Training at the Ben Clark Training Center.