Algonquin College

Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training

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Program Information

School:Algonquin College
Faculty:Police and Public Safety Institute (Ottawa)
Field of Study:Fire Science/Fire-fighting
Description:The Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training Ontario College Certificate program is a dynamic and challenging program that focuses on firefighting skills and competencies. Begin the program with an introduction to the firefighting profession and develop related skills and expertise, using theoretical and hands-on approaches.

Experience more than 400 hours of experiential learning, including the opportunity to put your skills into action and take part in both a fire simulation and a live-fire training practice.

This program focuses on the knowledge, skills, and professionalism required to prepare you for a future career in firefighting. Students who complete the required program components and meet the necessary prerequisites may qualify for testing administered by the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal, leading to NFPA 1001 Firefighter I or Firefighter II certification.
URL:Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training at Algonquin College
Course Based:Yes
Length:36 Week(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $14,720
International: $25,805

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Admission Requirements

Prerequisites:*These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 English 
English Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent). All applicants must complete an assessment through the Test Centre, and will be required to pay the current fee of $50 (subject to change). Recognition of postsecondary credentials is given during the selection process for this program.

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.
Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.0] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 80]
Application Notes : Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency.
Additional Admission Requirements:
    Students are required to provide proof of the following upon commencement of the program:

    Current CPR (Basic Rescuer, Level C) and Defib, from a recognized provider (i.e. Red Cross, St.John Ambulance, or Ottawa Paramedic Service).
    Valid Standard First Aid certificate, issued by a recognized provider.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on May 12, 2020

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