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Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training

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

Programs Starting Between:

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



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

Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.


Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Post-Admission 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. 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
September 2017NorthSuspendedNot Available
January 2018NorthOpenNot Available
May 2018NorthOpenNot Available

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters is:

  • domestic: $12,461.16
  • international: $14,671.00

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.

Fees by Semester 


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)

Michael Schneider
Operations Coordinator
Fire & Emergency Services
416.675.6622 ext. 4129



International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067

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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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International Students

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

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45

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

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.


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 Accreditations & Recognition

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

This information is accurate as of December 2016. 

Additional requirements and/or costs 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.