New Kaplan University Fire Training Articulation Reduces Time and Cost for California Firefighters to Earn Degrees

Sacramento, California — Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation, today announced an articulation of the California State Fire Marshal’s training certifications, allowing the state’s firefighters to convert their training into college credits toward a degree in Fire Science. After closely evaluating 29 of the state’s training certifications, Kaplan’s College of Public Service will apply articulated credit to the associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in Fire Science and Emergency Management through its School of Public Safety. The articulated fire training certifications include Fire Fighter I and II, Fire Officer, Fire Instructor I, II, and III, Public Education Officer I and others.

"We are very excited about this win-win solution, which benefits firefighters who have earned certifications through the California State Fire Marshal system," said Mike Brackin, dean of the School of Public Safety at Kaplan University. "By awarding credit towards our degrees where the course outcomes are in alignment with our curriculum, we are able to potentially decrease the total time for degree completion which saves students time and money."

As the first and only one its kind in California, the new fire training articulation was implemented to help provide the state’s firefighting professionals with a more efficient and cost-effective path to earning a degree. Once enrolled, eligible firefighters can satisfy up to 50 percent of required coursework with previously completed training and, when combined with existing college studies, earn a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science through Kaplan within one to two years.

About Kaplan University
Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission ( and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Kaplan University serves nearly 50,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Center in Maryland, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida.
Kaplan University is one of Kaplan, Inc.’s higher education institutions, which serve more than 75,000 students online and through more than 70 campus-based schools across the United States. Kaplan’s higher education schools offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. Kaplan, Inc. is a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. It is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO), and its largest division. For more information, visit today.

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