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Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training

Credential: Ontario College CertificateProgram Code: 21701Length: 2 semestersProgram Starting Between:  

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 requirements:

  • Academic

    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 Grade 11 C, M or U Mathematics (MBF3C, MCF3M or MCR3U)
      • Two Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U course in addition to those listed above

    or

    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

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

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Program Requirements

  • Throughout the program, students will be required to wear a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). To wear the SCBA properly, students must be able to achieve a proper seal with the face piece. This can only be accomplished if the student is clean shaven. Humber College follows the requirements in CSA Z94.4 Standard on the Selection, Use and Care of Respirators to ensure the health and safety of our students.
  • Prior to the end of the first semester, and in order to proceed to semester two, students must pass the York University Fitness Evaluation. The test is at the student's expense, approximately $200. A re-test is at the student’s expense.
  • 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 that they are aware of fire department requirements.
  • Valid Standard First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) HCP/BLS. Documentation must be submitted to the program co-ordinator one month prior to the start of semester one.

Fees

The 2019-2020 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $11,808.18
  • international: N/A

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

Learn more

Fees by Semester 

Fees by Semester

Semester 1 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $6,179.09 N/A
Tuition $5,103.25 N/A
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $469.89 N/A
Enhanced Student Experience Fee (Optional) $55.95 N/A
Program Ancillary Fee $550.00 N/A
Co-op/Placement $0.00 N/A

 

Semester 2 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $5,629.09 N/A
Tuition $5,103.25 N/A
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $469.89 N/A
Enhanced Student Experience Fee (Optional) $55.95 N/A
Program Ancillary Fee $0.00 N/A
Co-op/Placement $0.00 N/A

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Additional Costs

Approximately $200 - York University Fitness Evaluation; and approximately $700 - firefighter-related textbooks/equipment. Psychology and humanities books are extra.

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Dan Rowland, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4522
dan.rowland@humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

Apply through Ontario Colleges

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre

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Humber’s Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training certificate program will help prepare you for the demands and rewards of becoming a firefighter. At the start of the program, you will learn how fire departments operate and the kind of equipment used on the job. You will then go more in depth studying fire behaviour and combustion chemistry, firefighting techniques, rescue strategies, emergency care for patients, hazardous materials awareness and firefighter health and wellness. You’ll also experience the everyday reality of firefighting by practising your skills in a burn tower. Faculty, who are certified fire service instructors and active firefighters, will prepare you for the field by sharing in the classroom their extensive experience and expertise. Gaining employment as a firefighter is very competitive. Completion of this program does not guarantee employment.

Optional information sessions may be held throughout the year for applicants who wish to learn more about this program.

This program is not available to international applicants.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Demonstrate the firefighter’s key roles in the following areas: fire suppression, community education and fire prevention, emergency care provided by firefighters, environmental protection and special rescue.

  • Identify and use personal and professional development activities conducive to growth and lifelong learning.

  • Meet the ethical, legal and safety requirements expected of firefighting professionals.

  • Apply safe practices and techniques in the use of fire department tools and equipment.

  • Communicate effectively via verbal, non-verbal, written and electronic means, using appropriate, recognized fire department terminology.

  • Interact with others in various emergency and non-emergency situations with confidence, professionalism and sensitivity to others and to the circumstances.

  • Communicate effectively, in a respectful manner, with various communities and their members.

  • Use effective, appropriate problem-solving and decision-making skills in emergency and non-emergency situations.

  • Work efficiently with the other members of the fire department team, providers of pre-hospital emergency care and other groups involved in providing emergency care to ensure a full range of services in emergency and non-emergency situations.


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The Humber Advantage

Industry and Community Partnerships

We are very pleased to continue our partnership with Mississauga Fire and Emergency (MFES). 

In the second semester, our students continue to enhance their practical learning taught by Humber College Fire instructors at the Garry Morden Training Centre. They will use the Class A burn building, the propane prop and the auto extrication pads to develop their skills.

Your Career

After graduation and becoming certified, you are eligible to apply as a municipal firefighter. You will use your skills, physical abilities and suppression techniques learned to put out fires. You will also gain knowledge in fire prevention and public education to help keep communities safe.

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

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Certification Exams

Graduates of the program are eligible to write the NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level I & II and NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations certification exams

Additional requirements and/or costs may apply.

Note: The requirements for licensure are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Humber College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
January 2020 North Closed Not Available
May 2020 North Open Not Available
January 2021 North Open Not Available
May 2021 North Open Not Available

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Watch the video below to find out more about the Pre-Service Firefighter Education & Training program and see our state-of-the-art facilities.


Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained on this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person.

On June 29, 2018, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Both names may appear on this website.