Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training

Program Details

  • Program Code:1260
  • School:School of Community and Health Studies
  • Credential:Certificate
  • Program Type:Post-secondary program
  • Program Length:1 year/ 3 semesters

Program Availability

Domestic Availability
International Availability

Program Overview

Program Overview

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The Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program meets the requirements and preferences that fire services desire as fundamental skills for employment as an operational firefighter. Possessing the skills taught in this program makes you a highly eligible candidate to gain employment.

Centennial College's School of Community and Health Studies delivers the Ontario-standardized Pre-service Firefighter Education and Training graduate certificate program. Additionally, it was designed in accordance with the approved curriculum developed by the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) and the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM).

By combining theory and practical learning, the one-year college firefighter training program will help you to develop skills in exciting areas such as fire suppression, rescue operations and environmental protection. At Progress Campus, experienced fire service instructors teach you the knowledge-based aspects of the offering. During this time, you utilize the training facilities at Ajax Fire Services. Additionally, one course, Emergency Patient Care / EMR, is taught at Morningside campus, taking advantage of the location's state-of-the-art medical lab.

"Courage and compassion" is the credo of Centennial Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program. At the successful completion of this program, you will embody these qualities, receive a certificate from Centennial College and be eligible to write the National Fire Protection Association 1001 Firefighter 1 and 2, and 472 Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations testing. Many fire departments now require or prefer the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program and/or NFPA 1001 in order to apply. It is expected that the program will increasingly become a minimum criterion for fire service hiring in Ontario.

Program Highlights

  • This Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training certificate program is taught in three consecutive semesters.
  • During the first two semesters, you receive one full day of practical training at one of two locations each week.
  • In semester three, practical training is scheduled twice per week.
  • You benefit from simulation training under the guidance of qualified instructors, while enjoying ample time in smaller group-teaching scenarios.
  • This School of Community and Health Studies offering allows you to gain practical experience in various activities such as "live fire burns" at the Ajax Training Academy and the Emergency Patient Care course at Centennial's Healthcare Simulation Centre.

Once you complete the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program offering, you will be able to:

  • Identify the steps required to apply for employment through the Candidate Testing Service.
  • Identify and use personal and professional developmental resources/ activities that promote growth and contribute to lifelong learning.
  • Meet the knowledge and skill outcomes required by the OFM curriculum in fire suppression, community education and fire prevention, firefighter emergency patient care, environmental protection and special rescue operations.
  • Meet the ethical, legal and safety requirements of professionals in the fire service industry.
  • Use safe practices and techniques with fire department apparatus, tools and equipment.
  • Communicate effectively using verbal, non-verbal, written or electronic methods including recognized and appropriate fire service terminology.
  • Interact with others in a variety of emergency and non-emergency situations in a manner that demonstrates confidence, professionalism and sensitivity to others and to the situation.
  • Demonstrate respect when communicating effectively with diverse communities and their members.
  • Use effective and appropriate problem-solving and decision-making skills in emergency and non-emergency situations.
  • Work effectively with other members of the fire service team, pre-hospital emergency care providers and other emergency service-related groups to provide comprehensive service in emergency and non-emergency situations.
  • Participate in practical and live fire training at Fire Services training facilities.
  • Be given the opportunity to challenge the National Fire Protection Association 1001 Firefighter 1 and 2, 472 Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations written and practical examinations.

Please note: Successful program candidates should have a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of others, have excellent teamwork skills and be physically fit.

Program Outline

Program Outline

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Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

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Career Outlook

  • Firefighter
  • Rescue firefighter
  • Hazmat firefighter
  • Industrial firefighter
  • Airport firefighter

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
  • Mathematics Grade 11 or 12 C, M or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College Math Skills Assessment for Admission
  • One Science Grade 11 or 12 (Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Exercise Science) C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College Science Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

  • English language proficiency
  • Applicants will be sent a self-identifying questionnaire by mail. It is important that you complete and return the questionnaire immediately.
  • Though not required for this program, applicants should be aware that in order to secure employment with a municipal fire service, they must, among other things, have 20/30 vision, pass a physical and medical fitness test and have no criminal record.

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on three semesters, beginning Fall 2018.

Student Tuition (3 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $13,522.00 $1,964.50 $15,486.50

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