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Firefighter, Pre-Service Education and Training

Available: Fall, Winter

Program Description

The Firefighter Pre-Service Education and Training program provides you with the most comprehensive and current training to meet NFPA 1001 FF I & II professional qualifications. In addition to theoretical learning, you’ll also benefit from hands-on training in basic firefighting skills on campus and at several fire training facilities. These skills will provide you with an advantage in the highly competitive field of firefighting.

Please note that the job of firefighting requires strenuous physical work. You’ll be required to pass a Physical and Endurance Test during the first semester of the program. Good hearing and vision are requirements in this test.

All competencies specified for this program must be met and therefore attendance is critical at all times.

This curriculum is based on the current NFPA 1001 Standard for Professional Qualification for Firefighter. Successful students may challenge the OFMEM NFPA 1001 FF I & II written and practical exams which will include IFSAC and Pro Board Certification.

The following additional certifications are offered during the program:

  • NFPA 1006 Technical Rescue (IFSAC)
  • NFPA 472 Ops Level (IFSAC)
  • Emergency Medical Responder (Red Cross EMR)
  • DZ Driver's License (additional cost)

All competencies specified for this program must be met and therefore attendance is critical at all times.

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3 Semesters (12 Months)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Certificate

Your Career

Our three-semester Pre-service Firefighter program is designed to give you the confidence and skills needed to pursue an exciting firefighting career.

Many colleges now provide NFPA certifications, so what makes Seneca's program different? We believe there is much more to the hiring process than just NFPA certifications and Seneca delivers a program that will ensure that you are fully prepared to enter the workplace. In addition to receiving NFPA certifications, you will participate in comprehensive fitness classes*, mock written and practical employment exams, and attend individual interview sessions that are recorded and critiqued in order for you to be familiar with the hiring techniques currently used by fire services. Seneca's medical training is second to none, with experienced instructors teaching the Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder* (EMR) program.

An optional DZ license* course is offered to ensure that graduating students have all the qualifications necessary to immediately start the fire services application process. We are very proud of the Seneca College Pre-Service program and we look forward helping you realize your goal of becoming a firefighter.

*EMR certification, DZ license, and a fitness certificate are required by many fire services as part of the application process.

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This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Applicant Selection

  • Applicants will receive notification of how and when to submit a profile.
  • Applicants are ranked based on the strength of their profile, English and math scores.
  • Admission to this program is competitive. Only the top ranked applicants will be offered a seat in the program.

Additional Requirements

  • An applicant profile that details work experience, post-secondary education, and volunteer involvement.


Program Costs


Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

Margita Petersons 416.491.5050 ext. 22802

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

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Additional Contacts

Program Coordinator

Bill Sault 416.491.5050 ext. 26647

Program Chair

Ken Ellis 416.491.5050 ext. 22250

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network