October 4, 2023

CE 1005 Fire Instructor Course

The Continuing Education Department at Columbia Southern University is launching a new online course, CE 1005: Fire Instructor I. As a prerequisite to CE 1003: Fire Officer I,  this course helps students develop the knowledge and abilities required to deliver instruction effectively from a prepared lesson plan, including instruction aids, evaluation instruments and  more.

Course Information for CE 1005:

  • Timeline: Students will have up to 10 weeks to complete the course at their own pace.
  • Enrollment: Students can enroll in this course any time. To ensure the best quality of learning, CSU has scheduled start dates for this course (see table below).
  • Cost: $295
  • Continuing Education Units: 7.7

Additional Course Requirements:

  • Students must have access to Google Chrome and a web camera.
  • Students are required to give live presentations throughout the course to show comprehension of course content.
  • Students work directly with the professor to select a mutually agreed upon time to present.

Certification Exam:

  • Students who earn a 70 percent or higher in the course are eligible to sit for the Fire Instructor I online exam offered through the Alabama Fire College (AFC) for an additional $95 testing fee.
  • Prerequisites to take the exam: International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) or ProBoard Firefighter 1 Certificate or Certified Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • AFC issues dually accredited certificates (IFSAC & ProBoard). Both of those bodies are international accrediting boards that most states accept.
  • Please check with a training officer or fire chief before enrolling to ensure that your department will accept the AFC certification.


Fire Instructor I Start Dates
Month Enrollment Deadline Start Date
March February 22, 2017 March 1, 2017
April March 29, 2017 April 5, 2017
May April 26, 2017 May 3, 2017
June May 31, 2017 June 7, 2017
July June 28, 2017 July 5, 2017
August July 26, 2017 August 2, 2017
September August 30, 2017 September 6, 2017
October September 27, 2017 October 4, 2017
November October 25, 2017 November 1, 2017
December November 29, 2017 December 6, 2017

For additional course information or to enroll, visit Email or call (800)-313-1992 with questions. These programs are not eligible for Federal Student Aid, military tuition assistance, VA funding or Learning Partner discounts.