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Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training

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

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To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent




  • The results of mandatory admission testing for firefighter aptitude in writing and math. Test fees will apply.

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

Selection Includes Secondary Requirements:

Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional secondary requirements. Secondary requirements may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, references, etc., and vary by program. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.

Post-Admission Requirements:

  • Prior to the end of the first semester, and in order to proceed to semester two, students must pass the York University Fitness Evaluation. 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 they’re aware of fire department requirements.
  • Complete immunization record including immunization against Hepatitis B, MMR, Varicella and TST.
  • Valid Standard First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)-C for Health Care Provider (HCP) certificates. Documentation must be submitted to the program co-ordinator one month prior to the start of semester one.
  • Vulnerable Sector Check: Students in programs or occupations involving direct contact with vulnerable persons are required to undergo a vulnerable sector check. It is important for potential students to understand that certain requirements are beyond the control of Humber and may prevent students from completing the full program and/or securing employment. Applicants are advised to check the requirements for specific positions in which they are interested before enrolling in this program. Faculty will support students upon arrival to the program to ensure they apply for the correct type of police documentation at the appropriate time.
Date Location Availability International Student Availability
January 2017NorthOpen
May 2017NorthOpen
September 2017NorthSuspendedSuspended
January 2018NorthOpen
May 2018NorthOpen

The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic $12,246.60
  • international $14,200.

Amounts listed were the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

Approximately $175 for York University Fitness Evaluation and approximately $500 for firefighter-related textbooks/equipment. Psychology and humanities books are extra.

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Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Future Study Options

Humber has a number of transfer agreements with other postsecondary institutions (within Canada and around the world) that enables students and graduates to use their Humber credential to gain advanced standing in another program.

Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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Program Contact(s)

Stephanie Dimech
Associate Dean
416.675.6622 ext. 3213


Domestic Students

North Campus
Humber Learning Resource Commons, 1st Floor

Lakeshore Campus
WEL 106

International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067
Fax 1-416-675-6386

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Applications to Humber are made through 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

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

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In order to continue with your application for Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training, you must complete this step in the application process. Applicant selection is based on academic criteria and results of mandatory admission testing. This contains all the information you need to prepare for this test. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.

Secondary Requirements

Applicants are required to attend an information session and complete mandatory admission testing that will include fire aptitude, math and writing. A $50 assessment fee will be charged at the time of registration for this session. Please see “Registration Instructions” below. A list of suggested test preparation resources can be found at

Registration Instructions

Applicants must register to attend this admissions event. Log-in to MyHumber to register:

  1. Log-in to MyHumber
  2. Select the Applicant tab
  3. Select the Applied Programs tab
  4. Select your Year and Applicant Number from the drop-down menu, then click Submit
  5. Click on “Do I Have Any Missing Requirements”
  6. Click on “Go to Events” (located under the “Link” section, near the bottom right of the page)
  7. Choose from a list of available assessment dates and follow the prompts

Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Applicants must meet both academic and secondary requirements in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility does not guarantee an offer of admission.

All secondary requirements will be evaluated and a score will be calculated by the academic school.

Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Fees by Semester

Semester 1 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $6,398.30 $6,912.50
Tuition $5,344.79 $5,858.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $550.00 $550.00


Semester 2 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $5,848.30  $6,912.50
Tuition $5,344.79 $6,408.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $375 Winter start - $250 Summer start - $125

Our Program

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, fire apparatus operations, emergency care for patients, hazardous materials awareness and firefighter fitness training. 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. Once you get close to graduation, we’ll help you embark on a gratifying career by coaching you in resumé writing and interview techniques.

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

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.


Work Placement

The pre-graduate work experience (a minimum of 172 hours) will give you an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in school to intensive practice sessions in a variety of areas. You will be required to have successfully completed all other vocational theory and skills courses within the program prior to commencing pre-graduate work experience.

The Humber Experience

Program graduate Ruth Lancashire video

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

State-of-the-art Labs

On a given training day, students run the exercises many times. Students get to adopt a role on different teams with each iteration, and each time there are surprises.

To ensure that student firefighters get training under conditions they’ll face in the real world, each year Humber conducts several live burn exercises at a burn tower. This gives students the chance to gain professional confidence while putting their skills to the test.

Industry and Community Partnerships

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

In the fall of 2016 we will start bringing our students to the Garry Morden Training Centre, operated by the MFES, which contain training props such as:

  • Class A Burn Building
  • Search and Rescue Building
  • Trench Rescue
  • Confined Space Prop
  • Highway Prop
  • Propane Prop
  • Auto Extrication Pads
  • Hazmat Area

Your Career

Become a key member of the emergency services professions by playing an important role as a firefighter in saving lives, property and the environment. Use your skills, physical abilities and fire prevention and suppression techniques to put out fires and keep communities secure.

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

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, through the Endorsement Review Board, endorses the program content of Humber’s Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program. This curriculum is based on NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level I & II (2013), which comprises the body of knowledge and practical skills required to meet the job-related performance objectives specified in the standard. Graduates of the program are eligible to write the NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level I & II certification exams. There is an additional cost for these certifications.

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. 

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained in 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.