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Program Code: 21701 Credential: Ontario College Certificate Program Length: 2 semesters
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Program Overview

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 is a two-semester program, and the semesters must be done consecutively.

This program is not available to international applicants.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  9. 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.

  10. Demonstrate preparedness for entry into the firefighting profession through on-going commitment to physical fitness, health and wellness, professional deportment, community engagement, examination readiness, effective resume and interview techniques. 


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The Humber Advantage

Industry and Community Partnerships

In the second semester, our students continue to enhance their practical learning taught by Humber College Fire instructors at a Greater Toronto Area Fire Department Training Centre. Students will utilize propane props, auto extrication pads, and access a burn building to develop their skills.

We Know What It Takes

The Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program at Humber is designed, developed and delivered extensively through hands-on experiences. Curriculum is delivered by professional and passionate instructors, who one day, might be standing next to you as a firefighter team member. Their goal is to teach you thoroughly and reinforce the learning through drills.

The Humber Experience

Student Testimonials

What are our students saying about this program? Good things!

Your Career

After graduation and becoming certified, you are eligible to apply for a municipal firefighter position. Firefighters work in the interest of public safety and are responsible for rapidly and efficiently performing various duties under emergency conditions. Duties can include responding to fires, medical emergencies, public education, training activities, post-fire salvage and cleanup, pre-planning activities, as well as equipment and station maintenance. You will also gain knowledge in fire prevention and public education that will help keep communities safe.

Graduates have been hired by municipal fire departments across the province and the country, 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 1072 Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations certification exams. Humber College will host these exams after graduation.

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

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Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2022 - Aug 2023
START DATE LOCATION STATUS
September 2022 North Closed
January 2023 North Open
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September 2022 North Not Available
January 2023 North Not Available

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On October 21, 2019, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU). Both names may appear on this website.

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 5 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 all listed course requirements.

    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.

  • Written Statement of Interest

  • Applicants must submit a one-page statement of interest (350 words) that answers the following questions - "What interests you about the field of firefighting and what do you feel you have to offer this field?"

  • Standard First Aid and CPR

  • Applicants must submit proof of valid certification in Standard First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) - Level C.

    Submission Instructions

  • 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, students must pass a fitness evaluation, completing the FPAT & encapsulated treadmill tests only. These tests will be scheduled for you as part of the program, however the test is at the student's expense, approximately $300. A re-test is at the student’s expense. Passing the fitness test is a requirement to enter into Semester 2.
  • 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.

Equipment & Device Requirements

Semester 1

Details and Specifications Minimum Specifications Recommended Specifications
Processor Intel i5-8300H Intel i5-8300H
OS Windows 10 Windows 10
Memory 8GB of RAM 8GB of RAM
Storage 256GB 256GB
Monitor Laptop Laptop
Other Built-in microphone and webcam, Software: Adobe creative and Microsoft office Suite Built-in microphone and webcam, Software: Adobe creative and Microsoft office Suite

Contact Information

Dave Sadler , interim program manager
dave.sadler@humber.ca


Graham Carter, interim program manager
graham.carter@humber.ca

Fees

The 2022-2023 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $11,858.74
  • international: TBD (refer to 2021-2022 for estimate)

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

Approximately $200 - $300 for a Fitness Evaluation, depending on the location; and approximately $700 - firefighter-related textbooks/equipment. Psychology and humanities books are extra.

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Explore Opportunities through Humber Pathways

Humber Pathways include:

  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.

Contact Us

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

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

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Contact Information

Dave Sadler , interim program manager
dave.sadler@humber.ca


Graham Carter, interim program manager
graham.carter@humber.ca

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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