Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training

Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training (2016-2017)

Program Code




September 2016: Open
January 2016: Open

Program Length

Two semesters, beginning in September and January


Contact Information

Ian Sim, program manager
416.675.6622 ext. 4694


The 2015/2016 fee for two semesters was
– domestic $11,920.74
– international $14,200.
Amounts listed were 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.

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.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:
• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 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 and the results of mandatory admission testing.

Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Additional Requirements

• Candidates who do not pass the York University Fitness Evaluation must re-test (at the 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.

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.

List of Courses

Your Career

Become a key member of the emergency services professions by playing an important role as a firefighter in saving lives, property and the environment.

Use your skills, physical abilities and fire prevention and suppression techniques to put out fires and keep communities secure.

Graduates have been hired by fire departments in cities across the province and the country, including Toronto, Mississauga, Hamilton, Vaughan, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver and Halifax, as well as 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 Humber’s 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 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.


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