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Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training

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Program Information

School:Centennial College
Faculty:School of Community and Health Studies
Field of Study:Fire Science/Fire-fighting
Description:The Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program meets the fundamental skill requirements and preferences of Fire Services for employment as an operational firefighter. Possessing these skills will make you a highly eligible candidate to gain employment.

Centennial College's School of Community and Health Studies will deliver the Ontario-standardized Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training graduate certificate program. The offering was designed in accordance with the approved curriculum developed by the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) and the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM).

By combining theory and practical learning, the one-year college firefighter training program will help you to develop skills in exciting areas such as fire suppression, rescue operations and environmental protection. At Progress Campus, experienced fire service instructors will deliver the knowledge-based aspects of the offering. You'll also utilize the training facilities at Ajax Fire Services and your Emergency Patient Care/EMR course will be taught at Morningside Campus, taking advantage of the location's state-of-the-art medical lab.

"Courage and compassion" is the credo of Centennial's Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program. When you successfully complete the program, you'll embody these qualities, receive a certificate from Centennial College, and be eligible to write the National Fire Protection Association 1001 Firefighter 1 and 2 as well as the 472 Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations testing. Many fire departments now require or prefer the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program and/or NFPA 1001. It's expected that the program will increasingly become a minimum criterion for fire service hiring in Ontario.
URL:Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training at Centennial College
Length:1 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $15,487

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on three semesters, beginning Fall 2018.


Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade11 Mathematics  or  Grade11 Foundations for College Mathematics (MAP4C)  or  Grade11 Principles of Mathematics 
  •  Grade11 Science  or  Grade11 Chemistry  or  Grade11 Physics  or  Grade11 Biology 

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)

Application Notes : English language proficiency
Though not required for this program, applicants should be aware that in order to secure employment with a municipal fire service, they must, among other things, have 20/30 vision, pass a physical and medical fitness test and have no criminal record.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on April 19, 2021

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