Frequently Asked Questions

It is a series of college classes that individuals must take to be considered for promotion to Battalion Chief. These are not seminars or workshops; they are for-credit college classes offered on the Bowling Green State University campus. They meet for three hours per week for 16 weeks. Some classes meet three days a week, some two, and some once a week. Some of the classes are online.


This program is designed to better prepare eligible fire captains to step into the role of battalion chief.


This program is a requirement to advance to the level of battalion chief. Newly promoted battalion chiefs, fire captains interested in being eligible for promotion, and any other fire officer interested in preparing for advancement may participate.


Contact Ann Light at or 419-372-7895.


Send an unofficial copy of your transcript to Ann Light at 124 Williams Hall, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403, or fax them to her at 419-372-1631. If you took the classes at BGSU, call Ann and she can look you up on the BGSU system. Ann, as a representative of BGSU’s Fire Administration Degree Program, will then certify that you have already completed the requirement. The requirement may be completed by taking an equivalent class or a more advanced class in the same discipline or by taking a series of classes.


No. The list of classes shows equivalencies for other area colleges, and you can take the courses there or at any regionally accredited institution. Ann will be able to help you determine equivalent classes before you enroll.


You can attend as a guest student or apply to admissions into the Fire Administration Degree.  Contact Ann Light with additional questions. 

To apply to the Bachelor of Science in Fire Administration visit


If you attended BGSU at any time in the past, you do not have to apply as a guest student. You simply have to complete a readmission form that can be found at or Ann can e-mail you the application.


You will receive a letter or e-mail confirming your acceptance as well as information on how to set up a BGSU e-mail account, referred to as a BGNet account. It is crucial that you set up that account immediately. If you have any trouble doing so call Information Technology at 419-372-0999 or call Ann at 419-372-7895.

The next thing is to let Ann know what class or classes you want to take. She will ensure that your registration is processed.


All of the FIAD classes are online. Many of the other courses are available in the evening or online. To check the BGSU course schedule, go to You can search for courses by start time, days of the week, and several other factors.


We highly recommend you learn how to navigate through the web portal MY BGSU. Here is a helpful online tutorial you should review.

To access MY BGSU, click on the link on the lower right-hand side on the BGSU home page - You will be prompted for your user name and password. These are the same as your e-mail account.

You will be able to take care of many tasks online once you know how to find your way around MY BGSU. You can register your car and get a parking permit, for example, and you will be required to electronically sign a financial responsibility agreement (by clicking on the words “Financial Responsibility” (on the left-hand side of the page that opens when you enter the Web portal).

You may find that your instructor has posted the syllabus and other course information on Blackboard. To enter Canvas, click on the tab at the top of the page. You will be using Canvas extensively if you are taking an online class.


You can come to the State Fire School office at 124 Williams Hall on the BGSU campus and take paper and pencil tests here, or you can take the tests online.

Click on the “Community” tab at the top of the page.

Click on the organization link titled “Placement Tests.” 

Click on the link titled “Placement Test Application.” At the entry page you can obtain instructions and additional information about each test, or proceed to complete the tests. 

Once you have successfully completed each test, you will receive an email notifying you that BGSU has received your test.


You will pay up front and be reimbursed according to the City’s standard policy. If you would like to defer payment until you are reimbursed, contact Cheryl Reynolds in the Office of the Bursar ( or 419.372.8337). For a small fee, she can arrange deferral.