Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training

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Applying as a Canadian applicant

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

Applying as an International applicant

International students should apply online. Note: not all start dates are available to international students.

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Admissions - January 2023

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.)
  • Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1250), or equivalent
  • Grade 11 or 12 Math, C or U, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Mathematics for Applied Arts and Community Services (MATH1215)
  • One Science: Grade 11 or 12 Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Exercise Science, C or U, or Grade 11 or 12 Science (SNC3M) or (SNC4M) or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Chemistry (SCIE1030) or Biology (SCIE1010)
  • For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading

Note re: admission requirements

  • Applicants with degrees completed in countries in which English is not an official language will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of iBT TOEFL Reading 24, Listening 24, Speaking 27, Writing 27; IELTS Academic Listening: 7, Reading: 7, Writing: 7, Speaking: 7; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.

Canadian admissions contact

International admissions contact

Admission procedures

** An academic strength is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects. If more than one mark is received for a required subject, the highest mark will be used in the calculation.

  • Ten (10) additional marks are added to each Advanced level, OAC, U, U/C, and post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength.

Program requirements

  • In view of strenuous physical demands of the firefighter, it is strongly recommended that applicants acquire and maintain an advanced level of physical fitness including cardiovascular and upper body strength prior to the start of the program.
  • Students are strongly advised to have visual acuity, colour vision and hearing assessed, and to ensure they are free of acrophobia and claustrophobia. A deficit in any of these areas may prevent securing employment in the fire service.
  • Students are required to adhere to the code of conduct as found in the Pre-Service Firefighter Program Handbook. This includes the need to exhibit professionalism, integrity, reliability, punctuality, maturity and strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Students are advised that all competencies specified for this program must be met; therefore, attendance in classes, labs and off-campus learning experiences is essential.
  • This program involves an additional supply cost of approximately $900 for the program uniform and related items.

Credit transfer

You might be eligible to enter a program at an advanced level, or be exempt from a course, if you have formal post-secondary education. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities.


Some Conestoga programs have pathways for current students, including certificate-to-diploma, diploma-to-diploma and diploma-to-degree opportunities. Learn more about pathways at Conestoga.

Articulation agreements

Conestoga partners with other post-secondary institutions, allowing students the opportunity to study elsewhere, usually in pursuit or an academic credential. Learn more about articulation agreements.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Through PLAR, Conestoga may credit prior learning or skills acquired through employment, formal and informal education, or life experiences. Learn more about PLAR at Conestoga.


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. Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.