Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training | St. Clair College
Program Code: T876
Status: Open
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One Year - Ontario College Certificate
This is an approved, Ontario College Certificate, & as such students may qualify for financial assistance including OSAP.
Starts: September

Emergency Alternate Delivery Plan:
Winter 2024 Emergency Alternate Delivery

Steven Appleyard
519-972-2727 ext. 5660

Program Overview

The Ontario Certificate program provides students with the knowledge and skills in scientific principles of Education and Fire Prevention in the Community, Fire Behaviour, Fire Ground Operations, Firefighter Emergency Patient Care, Environmental Protection and Rescue Operations as well as Introduction to the Fire Service. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to undertake provincial testing to meet the requirements of the Office of the Fire Marshal for certification as a firefighter under the NFPA 1001 and NFPA 1072 Standards.

Program Highlights

  • The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) recognizes graduates of the Pre-Service Firefighter program as candidates for employment in the CAF.
  • St. Clair College works with 8 Municipal Fire Service Partners.
  • Local Live Fire Training Centre.
  • All faculty and support staff are current (or retired) Firefighters.

Career Opportunities

Successful graduates may find employment opportunities in a variety of areas such as Professional Firefighting, Fire Inspection, Fire Prevention and Public Education, Private Fire Service, Ministry of Natural Resources or Volunteer Firefighter.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level, plus:

  • Grade 12 English (ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4C, or EAE4U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (MCT4C, MAP4C, MHF4U, or MCV4U)

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

Program/Employment Requirements

Students will require the following prior to the Pre-Graduate Experience. Students may choose to complete these requirements prior to the start of the program.

  • Ability to meet a bona fide job physical fitness test
  • No conviction for a criminal offence for which a pardon has not been granted
  • Ability to communicate in English, both written and verbal
  • There will be an orientation session for all students prior to the start of the program


The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1 (15 Weels)
Code Title Credits
Professional Communication For Firefighters
Introduction To Fire & Fire Service
Fire Service Operations
Truck Company Operations
Rescue Company Operations
Engine Company Operations
Physical Fitness & Personal Health
Semester 2 (15 Weeks)
Code Title Credits
Emergency Patient Care For Firefighters
Environmental Protection & Rescue Operations
Physical Fitness Preparation II
Engine Company Operations II
Fire Service Operations II
Fire Prevention And Inspection
Technical Rescue I
Semester 3 (6 Weeks)
Code Title Credits
Rescue Company Operations II
Technical Rescue II
Apparatus Operations
Engine Company Operations III

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2024-2025 Tuition Fees  

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses are at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found on the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Pre-service firefighter education and training (Ontario College Certificate) (MTCU Code 43006)

The successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:

  1. Demonstrate the culminating role performances in the following areas: fire suppression, community education and fire prevention, firefighter emergency patient care, environmental protection, and special rescue operations
  2. Identify and use the personal and professional development resources/activities that promote growth and contribute to lifelong learning.
  3. Meet the ethical, legal, and safety requirements of professionals in the fire service.
  4. Use safe practices and techniques with fire department apparatus, tools and equipment.
  5. Communicate effectively using verbal, non-verbal, written, or electronic methods including recognized and appropriate fire service terminology.
  6. Interact with others in a variety of emergency and non-emergency situations in a manner that demonstrates confidence, professionalism, and sensitivity to others and to the situation.
  7. Demonstrate respect when communicating effectively with diverse communities and their members.
  8. Use effective and appropriate problem-solving and decision-making skills in emergency and non-emergency situations.
  9. Work effectively with other members of the fire service team, pre-hospital emergency care providers, and other emergency service related groups to provide comprehensive service in emergency and non-emergency situations.