About the Degree Assembly

The Degree Assembly is one of two assemblies in the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress providing specialized accreditation in the fire service profession.

The Degree Assembly accredits fire science or related academic programs at two- or four-year higher education institutions. An IFSAC accredited program indicates that course offerings, institutional support, and qualified faculty are working together in completing their educational mission. Accreditation is granted only after a review by a panel consisting of representatives from other member institutions.

Mission Statement

To plan and administer a high quality, uniformly delivered accreditation system with an international scope for postsecondary degree programs relating to fire protection.

Functions of the Degree Assembly

  • Develop and/or adopt criteria for accreditation.
  • Establish policies and operational guidelines to be carried out by the Degree Assembly Board of Governors.
  • Promote networking among postsecondary institutions that offer degree programs in fire related disciplines.
  • Develop and promote an awareness among government agencies, postsecondary institutions, and the public regarding the accreditation system.
  • Identify and provide accreditation services to member entities.
  • Ensure the objectives of this assembly are completed in a non-discriminatory fashion.
  • Utilize appropriate criteria to ensure accreditation is completed on a valid and credible basis.
  • Seek recognition from agencies who evaluate, accredit, recognize, or approve accrediting bodies.