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Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training

Ontario College Certificate
College Code:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Program Code:
Accelerated Delivery:
Academic Year:
2015 / 2016

About the Program

This program, supported by the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs/Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal, prepares students for a career as a firefighter. This program provides applicants with pre-service level preparation to compete for positions as a firefighter. The curriculum provides the requisite knowledge and skills for commencing a recruit program with a mix of vocational courses in firefighting, generic skills-based courses for enhancing job performance as a firefighter and the required courses in general education.

The program provides the student with the opportunity to consolidate and apply theory through lab and field experience.

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) through the Endorsement Review Board (ERB) endorses the program content of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program. This curriculum is based on the Ontario Fire Marshal's (OFM) "Ontario Standardized Curriculum for Firefighters (2008)" which meets 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.

Program Information

Length: Three-semester Ontario College Certificate program
Delivery Sequence:
         Doon (Kitchener) - September/2015 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall
         Doon (Kitchener) - January/2016 (Open) - Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September and January
First-Year Capacity: 34 September; 34 January


The three semesters are not consecutive. The September program runs Fall, Winter and Fall, while the January program runs Winter, Fall and Winter.

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: Please refer to the previous academic year program fee chart for an approximation as fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time.
*Fees are higher for international students on a Student Visa. Please refer to the international program fee chart for an approximation as fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time.
*Books and supplies are additional.

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates are prepared to become firefighters.

91% of 2012-2013 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $38,971.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

For more information on the PLAR process, please visit the testing website.

Course Information
Course # Courses
Level One
COMM1000 Basic Communication and Critical Thinking Skills
FIRE1020 Firefighter Fitness Training
FIRE1045 Fire Ground Operations I Practice
FIRE1075 Introduction to the Fire Service and Fire Behaviour
FIRE1085 Fire Ground Operations I Theory
FIRE1095 Education And Fire Prevention In The Community I
LIBS1250 Managing Conflict
PSYC1126 Psychology For First Responders
Level Two
FIRE1015 Firefighter Emergency Patient Care
FIRE1055 Fire Ground Operations II Practice
FIRE1105 Education And Fire Prevention In The Community II
FIRE1115 Fire Ground Operations II Theory
FIRE1210 Environmental Protection and Rescue Operations Theory
FIRE1220 Environmental Protection and Rescue Operations Practical
Level Three
FIRE2130 Practical Fire Ground Applications
FIRE2140 Firefighter Skills Performance
FIRE2150 Pregraduate Experience

Program Outcomes

Program Advisory Committees

The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.

For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.

Apply Now

Domestic students should apply online at or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.

60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
Canada N1G 5J3

Detailed steps on the application process may help you to apply.

International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.

For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

Disclaimer The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.
Program Status
Start DateCampusStatus**
JAN, 2015 Doon Closed
SEP, 2015 Doon Open
JAN, 2016 Doon Open
** Status applicable to domestic students

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