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Wildland Fire Management Associate Degree

AAS Associate of Applied Science Degree
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2 Years
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Blaze your trail to a rewarding career in wildland fire management at Clackamas Community College 

Protect communities and natural resources from wildfires with a rewarding career in wildland fire management. Clackamas Community College's Wildland Fire Management Degree equips you with the knowledge, skills and experience to succeed in this high-demand field. 

CCC's wildland fire management program:

  • Provides a comprehensive understanding of wildland fire science, management and safety.
  • Offers hands-on learning through classrooms, labs and field simulations.
  • Prepares you for the physical and mental demands of real-world fire management.
  • Connects you to a network of successful alumni protecting communities and natural resources.

Challenge yourself with a career that makes a difference. Launch your exciting career in wildland fire management at Clackamas Community College!

For detailed description and outcomes for this program, view the course catalog.

Required classes for the Wildland Fire Management Associate Degree

Job Outlook

The job outlook for wildland fire management professionals is hot

The need for dedicated Wildland Fire Management professionals is hotter than ever! Wildfires are becoming more frequent and intense, pushing the demand for skilled individuals to manage these challenges. With this program, you will be at the forefront, protecting communities and ecosystems from the growing threat of wildfires.

For more information on career opportunities for this program, view the course catalog.

Skills you will master for a wildland fire management career 

Clackamas Community College's Wildland Fire Management Degree program equips you with a critical skillset to thrive in this demanding field. Here's what you will gain:

Decision-making under pressure

  • Hazard assessment: Learn to identify and evaluate risks in wilderness, forest and fire environments.
  • Firefighting strategy and tactics: Develop the ability to design effective plans based on specific fire or incident situations.

Leadership and communication

  • Incident command: Gain the skills to supervise and direct fire crews at different organizational levels.
  • Effective communication: Master clear and concise communication with team members and other personnel to ensure mission success.

Operational expertise

  • Firefighting tactics: Learn how to execute fire management plans, using appropriate strategies and tactics to achieve incident objectives.

This program goes beyond book learning, providing hands-on experience to solidify your skills and prepare you for real-world fire scenarios.

For more information on expected outcomes of successfully completing this program, view the course catalog.

Investing in your future

Clackamas Community College offers some of the lowest tuition rates in the Portland metro area. To begin building the cost for your program, you can start with the base estimate below. 

This estimate includes the cost of tuition and the general fees applied per class and per academic term. This estimate does not include additional fees required for many courses or the cost of course materials. Contact the program to learn more about additional costs that may apply. 

You can also find more information about the costs of attending CCC on the Tuition and Fees page.

Get help paying for college

Scholarships and grants (free money!) are available for students in this program. For help with financial aid and scholarships, contact the Financial Aid Resource Lab.  


Continuing Education

Continuing education for firefighters 

Separate from its degrees and academic certificates, Clackamas Community College also offers recertification trainings and professional development opportunities for wildland firefighters, forestry workers, public land managers and natural resource field technicians. 

Our S courses, professional workshops and refresher courses will boost your skills and allow you to advance in your profession. Learn more at

Wildland Refresher Training (RT-130) 

Wildland Fire Refresher Training (RT 130) informs wildland firefighters of current issues and the upcoming fire season. This training is required annually by all federal, state and contract firefighters. 

Training is provided to recognize and mitigate risk, maintain safe and effective firefighting practices, and reduce accidents and near misses. Clackamas Community College offers a five-hour refresher course each season. The college can arrange courses geared toward agency-specific requirements, such as fireline EMTs. 

Work Capacity (Pack) Test 

The Work Capacity (Pack) Test is a yearly requirement for all fireline personnel. CCC offers the test at the arduous level. As a recognized Public Training Provider, our pack tests are overseen by the Oregon Department of Forestry. 

After a safety briefing, participants will carry a weighted vest around the college track, completing three miles in 45 minutes (arduous). 

NWCG Logo National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Professional partnerships add value to your Clackamas education

Many of our courses are certified by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) and also provide college credit. We also partner with:

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