Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training (2015/16 Program)

Program Code: 
Program Length: 

Two semesters, beginning in September and February

Contact Information: 

Ian Sim
Program manager
416.675.6622 ext. 4694

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
– Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
– Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U or equivalent)


Mature student status


College or university transfer status


• The results of mandatory admission testing for firefighter aptitude in writing and math. Test fees will apply.

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Secondary Admission Requirements: 
Additional Requirements

• Candidates who do not pass the York University Fitness Evaluation must re-test (at student’s expense) and pass prior to the end of the first semester in order to proceed to semester two

• Minimum 20/30 uncorrected vision in both eyes with no significant colour deficiency is a normal fire department requirement but will not prevent admission into this program. Students not meeting this requirement are required to sign a letter of understanding stating they’re aware of fire department requirements

• Complete immunization record including immunization against Hepatitis B

• Valid Standard First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)-C for Health Care Provider (HCP) certificates. Documentation must be submitted to the program co-ordinator one month prior to the start of semester one

• Police Record Check: Students in programs or occupations involving direct contact with vulnerable persons are required to undergo a police record check. It is important for potential students to understand that certain requirements are beyond the control of Humber and may prevent students from completing the full program, including the pre-graduate work experience, and/or securing employment. Applicants are advised to check the requirements for specific positions in which they are interested before enrolling in this program. The police record check may have to be renewed every three to six months. Faculty will support students upon arrival to the program to ensure they apply for the correct type of police documentation at the appropriate time.


The 2015/2016 fee for two semesters is
– domestic $11,920.74
– international $14,200.

Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2015/2016 academic year. Fees are subject to change. Refer to our detailed fee information.

Additional Costs

Approximately $175 for York University Fitness Evaluation (on a date scheduled by Humber) and approximately $700 for firefighter-related textbooks/equipment. Psychology and humanities books are extra.

Our Program

Humber’s Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training certificate program will help prepare you for the demands – and rewards – of becoming a firefighter. After early courses on how fire departments operate and the kind of equipment used on the job, you’ll go more in-depth into fire behaviour and combustion chemistry, firefighting techniques, rescue strategies, fire apparatus operations, emergency care for patients, hazardous materials awareness and firefighter fitness training. You’ll also experience the everyday reality of firefighting by practising your skills in a burn tower. Faculty, who are certified fire service trainers and active firefighters, will prepare you for the field by sharing in the classroom their extensive experience and expertise. Once you get close to graduation, we’ll help you embark on a gratifying career by coaching you in resumé writing and interview techniques.

Note: Optional information sessions may be held throughout the year for applicants who wish to learn more about this program. For dates, call 416.675.6622 ext. 3484.

Your Career

Firefighters are key members of the emergency services professions because of the important role they play in saving lives, property and the environment. More than 10,000 full-time firefighters in Ontario use their skills, physical abilities and fire prevention and suppression techniques to put out fires and keep their communities secure.

Graduates of our program have been hired by fire departments in cities across the province and the country, including in Toronto, Mississauga, Hamilton, Vaughan, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver and Halifax, as well as several by the Canadian Forces.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, through the Endorsement Review Board, endorses the program content of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program. This curriculum is based on the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Ontario Standardized Curriculum for Firefighters (2008), which comprises the body of knowledge and practical skills required to meet the job-related performance objectives specified in the Ontario Fire Services Firefighter Standards. Graduates of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program are eligible to write the OFM Provincial Firefighter Test.

Work Placement

The pre-graduate work experience (a minimum of 172 hours) will give you an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in school to intensive practice sessions in a variety of areas. You will be required to have successfully completed all other vocational theory and skills courses within the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program, prior to commencing pre-graduate work experience.

Your Future Study Options

Humber offers Fire and Emergency Services – Specialized Rescue courses, which will enhance your skills and benefit you in your pursuit of a career as a firefighter. Specialized rescue courses are taught by experienced firefighters, and a Certificate of Participation is granted upon successful completion of each course.