Algonquin College

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Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training

Algonquin College

Faculty:School of Wellness, Public Safety & Community Studies
Field of Study:Fire Science/Fire-fighting
Course Based:Yes
Length:36 Week(s)


The Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training Ontario College Certificate program is a dynamic and challenging program that focuses on firefighting skills and competencies. Begin the program with an introduction to the firefighting profession and develop related skills and expertise, using theoretical and hands-on approaches.

Experience more than 400 hours of experiential learning, including the opportunity to put your skills into action and take part in both a fire simulation and a live-fire training practice.

This program focuses on the knowledge, skills, and professionalism required to prepare you for a future career in firefighting. Students who complete the required program components and meet the necessary prerequisites may qualify for testing administered by the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal, leading to NFPA 1001 Firefighter I or Firefighter II certification.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 English 

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.
Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.0] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 80]
Additional Admission Requirements:
    Students are required to provide proof of the following prior to July 1:

    • Current CPR (Basic Rescuer, Level C) and Defib, from a recognized provider (i.e., Red Cross, St.John Ambulance, or Ottawa Paramedic Service).
    • Valid Standard First Aid certificate, issued by a recognized provider.

    * 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.

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