About the ACC Fire Training Academy

The Austin Community College Fire Training Academy is a state-accredited regional training program that prepares you for an entry-level position as a professional firefighter. Graduates of our training academy are located throughout Central Texas and beyond - making a difference in the communities they serve.

The Fire Training Academy is a special-admission program. Applicants may submit their academy application before or after they complete the ACC general application. Applicants are encouraged to complete the ACC admissions process as early as possible. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the academy.

Admission Priority

  • First priority is given to applicants who are EMT certified.
  • Next priority is given to volunteer firefighters and/or students who are currently in ACC’s Fire Protection Technology associate degree plan.

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete the ACC admissions process. This can be completed before or after submitting Fire Academy application.
  2. Select “Basic Firefighter Certificate” as your major. Area of Study: Public & Social Services.
  3. Submit the online Fire Academy application; no supporting documents are required.
  4. Be 18 years or older on the date classes start.

Application Deadlines

Fall - April
Spring - October

If your application is not accepted, you will need to reapply to be considered for future semesters.

Program Format

  • 17-week sessions starting in January and August.
  • Classes are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Austin Fire Academy, 4800 Shaw Lane.
  • Students attend a 2-credit physical training course, typically held before class.
  • Daily attendance is mandatory in order to complete the required 486 hours of training.


The cost for the academy varies per student. Please see the Firefighter Academy Fee Sheet.