A certificate of completion can be earned in two eight-credit blocks during a single academic semester after RCA course prerequisites are completed. Approximately 700 hours of classroom instruction, fireground training, and college-level prerequisite course work are completed. Prerequisites can be accomplished through online and blended classes.


Regardless of residential status, students in the RCA pay the same competitive tuition rate. The cost for each module is $2,500, equaling a total program tuition cost of $5,000 beginning Fall 2024. Books, equipment, and supplies are approximately an additional $520, for an all-in price of approximately $5,520. Financial aid and payment plans are available to all who qualify.


The RCA at Utah Valley University graduated its first class in April 1998. Since that time, more than 88 classes have graduated, totaling more than 1,900 firefighter candidates. The RCA incorporates individual skill-based training into live fire company and multi-company evolutions. State of the art facilities and apparatus make the RCA the best possible preparation for an entry-level position in Emergency Services.


When considering a source for fire service training, the number one consideration should be accreditation. UVU’s Firefighter Recruit Candidate Academy is fully accredited by the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy’s State Certification Council. Upon course completion and successful testing, firefighting students receive the four required certification levels Firefighter I and II, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations. All certifications are dual accredited by IFSAC and Pro Board making graduates qualified for employment in 48 U.S. states and the Dept. of Defense.

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