Firefighter Exam Prep Training
HO’ĀLA at UH Maui College is offering a new 80-hour firefighter exam prep training course January – June 2019. The course will be taught by instructors who are experienced firefighters and have developed a unique training program including academic subject review, practice tests, tutoring and group work to prepare applicants for the written firefighter exam.
The course will be offered 2 evenings per week, 6:30-8:30pm, with a rotating weekly schedule due to the instructorsʻ work schedule at the fire department. The final class schedule will be posted here when available (est. in December), and emailed to all participants.
To register, you must first submit a written application. Download the application here. After submitting your application, HO’ĀLA at UHMC will contact eligible applicants within 1-3 weeks with a referral for a drug test at a local testing center. Accepted participants will be registered after receipt of drug test results and completion of all required paperwork (e.g. copies of GED or diploma, driver’s license, birth certificate or Hoʻoula documentation).
Completed applications may be emailed to email@example.com, or submitted in person at the HO’ĀLA registration office at Laulima Building at UH Maui College, 8am-4pm, Mon-Fri, or mailed to UHMC, c/o EdVenture, 310 Kaahumanu Avenue, Kahului, HI 96732.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. How do I register for the course?
Anyone interested in the course must first complete an application so we can determine your eligibility for tuition awards and participation in the course. Please download the application here.
2. Where is the course offered?
The course is offered face to face at either the UHMC Kahului campus, the Hana Ed Center, the Lanai Ed Center, or the Molokai Ed Center.
We will have Zoom online class access available if students need to access from a remote location on a case by case basis. We prefer that students attend in person and do not participate online so that they can get the most out of the course through instruction and classroom participation, and the tutoring available as part of the class.
The course is not open to the public for online registration as we will first fill all the seats with tuition award recipients. If you are not eligible for the tuition awards, we will place you on a waitlist and open waitlist seats on a first come, first served basis after filling the tuition award seats.
3. Can I apply if I am not Native Hawaiian?
We encourage everyone to apply, however, first priority will be given to Native Hawaiian applicants through the Kamehameha Schools sponsorship and tuition awards from partner ALU LIKE, Inc.
4. What are the requirements to receive the 100% tuition award?
To be eligible for the tuition awards, you must be at least 18 years of age, possess a GED or high school diploma, have a valid driver’s license, be willing to take and pass a drug test, and are Native Hawaiian.
5. What are the funding sources for the tuition awards?
100% tuition awards (value $1000) are offered for Native Hawaiian participants from the following funding sources:
- a) ALU LIKE, INC. – must be Native Hawaiian, age 18, and low income. Contact your local ALU LIKE, Inc. program specialist for more. Contacts: Leilani Kepler (Kahului and Hana participants): 808-242-9774; Cammy Hamakua-Napolean (MolokaiʻI and Lanaʻi): 808-553-5393.
- b) Kamehameha Schools – if you are not eligible for the ALU LIKE, Inc. funding (e.g. currently working), tuition awards are also available from Kamehameha Schools for Native Hawaiian participants. UHMC will contact eligible applicants based on meeting the criteria on the application.
Anyone interested in the course must first complete an application so we can determine your eligibility for tuition awards and submit to Edventure at UHMC. Please download the application here.
6. Do I have to have a GED or high school diploma?
To apply for the tuition award, yes. High school students who are 18 years of age may apply for the 100% tuition award if they already have a GED (some students may elect to get a GED in advance of graduating from high school). The reason for this is that the tuition awards are being prioritized for applicants who are ready and able to take the exam with the goal of employment at the Maui County fire department. If a high school student wants to apply and does not meet that requirement, they will most likely not receive a tuition award and will be placed on the waitlist.
7. When will I find out if I can register from the waitlist?
For applicants who do not meet the tuition award requirements and are placed on the waitlist, we will open registration to the public after all applications are processed. We will most likely contact you in in early January if seats open to the waitlist for registration at the $1000 course fee, with a first come, first served policy for those on the waitlist. Please complete the application form to reserve your place on the waitlist.
8. Why is a drug test required?
To be eligible for employment with the fire department, you must be drug free. For applicants for the tuition award, a drug test is required to verify that you will be an eligible candidate for employment with the fire department in the future.
9. How do I arrange the drug test?
After submitting an application, all applicants will be contacted with information to schedule a no cost drug test (cost sponsored by Kamehameha Schools) through Clinical Labs of Hawaii. Testing dates for Molokai and Lanai will be arranged in early January. Test dates on Maui will be available starting in late December.
For other questions, please contact EdVenture at UH Maui College at 808-984-3231, or email firstname.lastname@example.org