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3 Semesters (12 Months)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Certificate
Fire Protection Engineering Technology

About the Program

This 12-month certificate program offers comprehensive training that meet the National Fire Protection Association qualifications. You will train at several fire training facilities, as well as on campus, to master firefighting skills through hands-on experience. This program offers theoretical knowledge and practical experiences that will prepare you for the highly competitive field of firefighting. 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.

Part-time option is available >


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Fire Training Centre

Your Career

As a graduate of this program, you may pursue future career options, such as:

  • Firefighter
  • Public safety educator

Related Careers


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Fire suppression
  • Fire prevention
  • Written and practical employment exams
  • Community education
  • Emergency care
  • Environmental protection
  • Special rescue
  • Communication
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills

Professional Certification

  • National Fire Protection Association 1006 Technical Rescue (IFSAC)
  • NFPA 472 Ops Level (IFSAC)
  • Emergency Medical Responder (Red Cross EMR)
  • DZ Truck Driver’s License (additional cost)
  • Successful students may test for the NFPA 1001 FF I & II written and practical exams

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

What Our Graduates Say

“I graduated from Seneca's Pre-Service Firefighter Program in 2013 and aside from the obvious - learning the basic skills, knowledge and techniques in preparation for my firefighting career, Seneca provided me with much more: job application guidance, resources and opportunities for additional job certifications, instructors with current experience in the field, and administration and staff who cared about helping me every step of the way until I got hired. I was able to start my career with confidence and transition smoothly through recruitment and ranking classes thanks to the foundation that I received at Seneca.”

Andrea Bondi
Firefighter - Markham Fire and Emergency Services
Firefighter, Pre-Service Education and Training Graduate


“I took the Seneca program because it has a reputation for producing solid recruit firefighters. As a student, I received focused training from instructors who were all professional firefighters, with real experience. Seneca prepared me well for the wide variety of tasks that we perform: medical response, hazmat, fire suppression, prevention and public education. The program was absolutely key to my success.”

Benedict Lopes
Firefighter - Barrie Fire and Emergency Services
Firefighter, Pre-Service Education and Training Graduate


“Seneca College has the most relevant and up-to-date training and equipment, and they have staff who prepare you with the knowledge you need to not only get the job but be successful in your career. The education and advice I received at Seneca ensured that I was ready for all aspects of the hiring process and allowed me to excel in recruit class and beyond.”

Andrew Boyce
Firefighter - Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services
Firefighter, Pre-Service Education and Training Graduate