Instructor 1

Instructor 1- Instructor Methodology

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This California State Fire Marshal certified course provides the skills and knowledge needed for the entry-level professional instructor to perform his or her duties safely, effectively, and competently. The curriculum is based on the 2012 edition of NFPA 1041 Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications. At the end of this course, candidates for Instructor I certification will be able to teach and deliver instruction from a prepared lesson plan utilizing instructional aids and evaluation instruments. The Instructor I will also be able to adapt a lesson plan and complete the reporting requirements to the local jurisdiction. This is course is for personnel preparing for a college level fire instructor, Company Officer, or SFT Certified Training Instructor position.

DATES: January 16-17 & 21-23, 2025

LOCATION: City of San Marcos Fire Training Facility / Palomar College Fire Academy, 184 Santar Place, San Marcos CA  92069, classroom 1A (westernmost building in the Public Safety complex).

REGISTRATION: Prior to registering, please obtain a student ID number (nine digit number only; you do not need a physical ID card) by applying to Palomar College from the main website ( IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A PALOMAR COLLEGE STUDENT ID, YOU MAY HAVE TO UPDATE YOUR INFORMATION WITH THE COLLEGE. IF THIS IS NECESSARY, HERE IS THE LINK WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO COMPLETE THE UPDATE: we confirm you have the prerequisites, you will be enrolled by Enrollment Services prior to the first day of class. You will be sent an email to prompt you to go to your MyPalomar account and pay the appropriate fees. You can skip the Palomar Student orientation as you are taking a Career, Technical, and Extended Education (CTEE) class for professional growth and development.

COLLEGE FEES: $115.00 College registration fee (2.5 units), $26.00 Health Fee if this is your first class of the semester.

MATERIAL FEE: $140.00 Collected by Palomar College during registration process for California State Fire Marshal CFSTES class certification.

INSTRUCTORS: Ed Sprague MPA, Retired Deputy Fire Chief, Professor with Palomar College (

Dave Miller, Retired Division Chief, Professor with Palomar College (                                


TEXTBOOK:  Please obtain the following book before the first day of class: Fire and Emergency Services Instructor, 9th Edition. IFSTA, 2019.978-0-87939-696-1.  

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