Application Cycles

Summer Academy

May 9 - August 19, 2022

Activity Date
Applications Due

April 7 - Send an email request to make an appointment to turn in the completed application at

Physical Ability Test (PAT) April 12, 2022
First Day of Academy May 9, 2022

Job Outlook

According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, employment of firefighters is expected to grow by about 11 percent between 2015 and 2023.

Job Potential Earnings

According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, firefighters in Pasco and Hernando counties typically earn entry level salaries ranging from $35,589 with the average salary being $47,986.

Special Notice

Application Process
  1. Apply to the College to become a PHSC student.
  2. Obtain, complete, and submit the Fire Academy Application Packet. Request the application packet at
Academy Admission Requirements
  • Have a clean criminal background check (no felonies) and clean driving record.
  • Must complete a medical clearance form (Florida State Fire College form: DFS-K4-1022).
  • Must be able to pass the Candidate Physical Assessment Test to be hired in most agencies.
  • Physical requirements for PHSC Academy measure aerobic endurance (run) core strength (sit ups) and upper body strength (push ups).
  • Hold a current CPR certification from the American Heart Association or American Red Cross. Higher levels of certification, such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support will also be accepted, but are not required.
  • Applicants must complete and have signed and witnessed by notary both the Academy Application and the State of Florida Tobacco Affidavit (required by State Law).
Scholarship Opportunities

Several scholarship funding options are available to eligible cadets.

  • CareerSource of Pasco and Hernando Counties
  • PHSC Foundation