Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

The College of Western Idaho, in cooperation with SWIFT offers individuals the opportunity to pursue an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Wildland Fire Management (WFM).

The AAS degree program is designed to appeal to those individuals seeking to formalize their wildland fire training and experience with a 2-year degree program in wildland fire management. Students desiring the AAS degree will be able to use their National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) courses to satisfy the WFM AAS degree requirements. Participants will need to apply for admission to the college and have their NWCG courses documented on their College of Western Idaho transcript.

In addition to NWCG fire courses, to fulfill the AAS degree requirements a student must take 16 semester credits of general education core classes available through CWI or transferred from other colleges or universities. You must present a transcript of these classes to CWI to receive full credit. If you have not previously received these credits, they are available through CWI. 

The chart on the following page contains information outlining the degree program. The goal is to provide a well-balanced training curriculum, coupled with on the job learning experiences, to promote safety, efficiency, interagency cooperation, and professionalism in the fire service community. 

Please contact your Agency training representative to discuss degree programs and 401 series compatibility.

For more nformation please contact:

Pat Neal, Director: Trades & Technology Programs