Community College of the Air Force (CCAF)

What is the Community College of the Air Force?  The college is 1 of 14 federally chartered degree-granting institutions; however, it is the only 2-year institution and the only one serving enlisted personnel. The college awards the associate in applied science degree upon successful completion of a degree program designed for an Air Force specialty. The Community College of the Air Force is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).  (As printed in the CCAF catalog)

Can anyone (specifically firefighters) attend CCAF or take courses through CCAF?  No, one of the unique aspects of CCAF that makes it different from most typical community colleges is that public law requires CCAF students to be members of the Armed Forces, primarily US Air Force. However, some other service personnel (USMC, USN, USA, USCG) are also eligible to graduate from CCAF under certain circumstances, such as filling a CCAF instructor position at a CCAF affiliated school.  Other service personnel who attend CCAF courses as students but are not eligible for degree award can receive a transcript for transfer purposes.  Also, Department of Defense civilians who attend CCAF courses can receive a transcript for transfer purposes but cannot pursue a degree through CCAF.  

Disclaimer: the eligibility criteria for CCAF degrees and transcripts has a host of rules and requirements that are not covered on this website.  Interested persons should visit the CCAF website or a CCAF counselor at a USAF base for additional guidance.

Fire Science Degree Program Information:

The CCAF degree program is typical of most two year occupationally based degree programs awarding the Associate of Applied Science degree.  There is a 64 semester hour requirement for graduation along with a requirement for students to attain the "Journeyman" (five) skill level (or fully qualified equivalent for other service personnel) prior to graduation.  A residency requirement (CCAF delivered courses) of 16 semester hours (hours must be applied to the degree requirements) must also be satisfied.

Degree Requirements include:

Technical Education
(24 Semester Hours)

Technical Core
(12-24 Sem Hrs)
Technical Electives
(0-12 Sem Hrs)

These courses are typically satisfied through completion of CCAF courses such as the Fire Protection Apprentice course or advanced courses like Rescue Technician or Haz/Mat Train the Trainer.  Additional hours are gained through completion of skill level upgrade completion.  Applicable courses from accredited institutions can also be transferred.
General Education
(15 Semester Hours)

Oral Communication
(3 Sem Hrs)
Written Communication
(3 Sem Hrs)
(3 Sem Hrs)
Social Science
(3 Sem Hrs)
(3 Sem Hrs)

These courses are transferred from other regionally accredited institutions or satisfied through CLEP or DANTES examinations.
Leadership, Management, and Military Studies (LMMS)
(6 Semester Hours)
This requirement is normally met through completion of Professional Military Education (PME) courses, such as Airmen Leadership School, or through transfer of applicable courses as above.
Physical Education
(4 Semester Hours)
This requirement is normally met through completion of Basic Military Training School (BMTS).
Program Elective
(15 Semester Hours)
Courses that would meet the requirements for the Technical education, LMMS, or General education areas can be applied to this area.


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