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About the Fire Protection Engineering Program

Through education and experience, Fire Protection Engineers (FPE), develop fire science skills necessary for protecting society from fire and its effects. The field of fire protection covers a gamut of areas including water-based suppression systems, waterless suppression systems, detection or fire alarm systems, smoke control systems, fire-rated construction, building codes and regulations, human reaction towards fire, means of egress, risk and hazard analysis, and fire growth and development.

The Fire Protection Engineering Specialized certificate is intended to provide engineers the base line education and knowledge required for entry into the field of Fire Protection Engineering. Students will apply their foundational knowledge in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Structural, Architectural or Physical) to develop the analytical skills required to comprehend and implement the Fire Protection Engineering principles necessary to protect society from fire disasters. Completion of this certificate will also provide the needed fire protection skills to professionals and engineering graduates who are looking to fill any gaps.

Program Highlights

The courses consist of both theoretical and practical skills that complement each other while enhancing the fire protection knowledge of the participants. This certificate program is comprised of four (4) courses, each with a specific focus in an area of Fire Protection Engineering. These courses will also serve as a complement to students’ abilities including to design buildings compliant with the fire and life safety codes, understand fire development, and design of fire protection systems. The courses are designed to train an Engineer in the Fire Protection Engineering Field, while complimenting with other engineering disciplines and industrial practices.


Students should have a B.S. in Engineering - Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Structural – or in Architecture or Physical Science.

  • Specialized education needed to enter the Fire Protection Engineering field
  • Practical training to complement a formal course of academic study
  • Online Courses accessible from any location
Who will Benefit

This program will benefit individuals working or looking to advance their career in the field of Fire Protection Science as well as the following individuals:

  • Engineers in Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Structural, Architectural or Physical
  • ​Professionals in the industry
Learning Objectives
  • Recognize and apply regulations, codes and standards related to fire and life safety.
  • Predict fire behavior in a building as well as the behavior of people in a fire event.
  • Apply appropriate fire protection measure based on fire hazard.
  • Analyze active fire suppression systems and design a fire sprinkler system.
  • Design egress systems ensuring the safety of people exiting a building in a fire event.
  • Determine if building designs provide adequate levels of safety from fire.
Program Topics
  • Building and fire codes, and industry standards
  • Fundamentals of Fire Protection Engineering and applications
  • Fire Risk and Analysis
  • Occupancy and hazard classification of buildings
  • Active and Passive Fire Protection Systems
  • Human behavior in fire
  • Combustion process and fire development
  • Application of water-based fire suppression systems
Format: Online

Estimated Cost: $2,795

Includes certificate and course fees

Duration: 1 year

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Delivery Method
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  • Live Online
  • In-Person
  • Online
  • Hybrid
  • Number of courses: 4 Required Courses
  • Total Units: 11.5

Required Courses

Introduction to Fire and Life Safety in the WorkplaceFPM-40636

Units: 1.50


Fire and Life Safety measures have been developed over the years to ensure safety in the workplace by defining the proper steps to protect building occupants, required protection systems and their mai...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Principles of Fire Protection EngineeringMAE-40037

Units: 4.00


Fire protection engineering focuses on ensuring fire and life safety goals are achieved within the buildings we live, work, and visit.This course will provide students with the fundamental knowledge o...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Building Code and Life SafetyMAE-40039

Units: 3.00


Identify And Review The Building Features That Make A Building Safer From Fire.There are many considerations that go into designing a building including the features that make it safer from fire. Buil...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Fire Protection System DesignMAE-40040

Units: 3.00


Learn About Fire Protection Systems Used In The Industry.Automatic fire protection systems are used to protect buildings and occupants from fire and its effects.In this course, students will come to u...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

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Job Prospects

Employment opportunities for Fire Protection Engineers can be found in industries including material testing laboratories, insurance and loss prevention, architecture and engineering firms, fire research institutions, fire protection manufacturers, large complex facilities, construction, and education. Fire Protection Engineers may also be called Facilities Safety Engineers, Building Officials, Plan Reviewers, Fire Marshalls, and First Responders.

Advisory Board

Daniel Bak, Dr.

Principal Consultant

WorldWide Fire Safety Experts, LLC

Jeff Beeler


JB Safety Services, Inc.

Kelly Charles, PE

Assistant Deputy Director

City of San Diego-Building Construction & Developmt Services

Elley Klausbruckner

Owner and Principal

Klausbruckner & Associates Inc.

Antonio Sánchez, Dr.

Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dpt.

UC San Diego

Chalres Siegmann, PE

Senior Fire Protection Engineering

City of San Diego-Building Construction & Developmt Services

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.