Officer Development Program ODP Leadership Development Certification Series

Overview

Certification Series

Columbia Southern University has partnered with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to offer the Leadership Development Certification Series (LDCS). The LDCS is designed to provide leading fire professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to adeptly navigate the challenges of modern fire service. Embracing a multidimensional approach, the series combines academia and real-world experience through the expertise of International Association of Fire Chief members and CSU’s renowned educational background.

Courses are delivered online and onsite at IAFC Fire-Rescue International (FRI) and through IAFC division and state regional delivery programs. Each program can be completed 100% online or through a combination of online and onsite course completion after the successful completion of an online examination. Students can continue to build their leadership skills, decision-making abilities, and strategic expertise, while also receiving continuing education units to validate their professional development efforts.

Each Leadership Development Certification Series consists of three courses. These courses can be taken separately from earning the LDCS certification for CEU credit. Completion of an entire Series is equivalent to three academic credit hours.

  • Company Officer I - 1.3 CEUs
  • Company Officer II - 1.2 CEUs
  • Company Officer III - 1.2 CEUs
  • Chief Officer I - 1.3 CEUs
  • Chief Officer II - 1.3 CEUs
  • Chief Officer III - 1.2 CEUs

Columbia Southern University is a proud partner of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, serving as its official Officer Development Program (ODP) educational partner. International Association of Fire Chief members who register for this series may save $100 in tuition by using code “IAFC” during registration.

These programs are not eligible for Federal Student Aid, military tuition assistance, VA funding or Learning Partner discounts.

Available Courses

  • Officer Development Program ODP LDCS: Company Officer I

    Columbia Southern University has partnered with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to offer the Leadership Development Certification Series (LDCS) Company Officer I as a module of the IAFC’s Officer Development Program (ODP).

    View Course Company Officer I
  • Officer Development Program ODP LDCS: Company Officer II

    Columbia Southern University has partnered with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to offer the Leadership Development Certification Series (LDCS) Company Officer II as a module of the IAFC’s Officer Development Program (ODP).

    View Course Company Officer II
  • Officer Development Program ODP LDCS: Company Officer III

    Columbia Southern University has partnered with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to offer the Leadership Development Certification Series (LDCS) Company Officer III as a module of the IAFC’s Officer Development Program (ODP).

    View Course Company Officer III
  • Fire & Rescue leader speaks to a group of fire fighters.

    Officer Development Program ODP LDCS: Chief Officer I

    Columbia Southern University has partnered with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to offer the Leadership Development Certification Series (LDCS) Company Officer I as a module of the IAFC’s Officer Development Program (ODP).

    View Course ODP LDCS Chief I
  • Fire chief supervises a burning house

    Officer Development Program ODP LDCS: Chief Officer II

    Columbia Southern University has partnered with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to offer the Leadership Development Certification Series (LDCS) Company Officer I as a module of the IAFC’s Officer Development Program (ODP).

    View Course ODP LDCS Chief II
  • A group of firefighters stand in a circle as one speaks to them all.

    Officer Development Program ODP LDCS: Chief Officer III

    Columbia Southern University has partnered with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to offer the Leadership Development Certification Series (LDCS) Company Officer I as a module of the IAFC’s Officer Development Program (ODP).

    View Course ODP LDCS Chief III

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