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Fire Protection Engineering Technology

Available: Fall, Winter

Program Description

Seneca's Fire Protection Engineering Technology (FPT) program is the leading North American program for fire prevention education.

As an FPT student, you’ll work with state-of-the-art equipment under the guidance of fire protection professors and industry practitioners in the fire sciences labs.

The FPT program has an optional co-op opportunity that allows students to gain valuable work experience in the summer between the second and third years.

Note: Students who begin semester one in the Winter term are expected to complete semester two during the summer semester.


View our:
Electronics Lab
Sprinkler Lab

Areas of Study

This program prepares you for abundant opportunities in local and international fields. Major areas of study include the advanced design and installation of fire protection systems (sprinklers and alarms), leading-edge computer software systems, fire dynamics, the governing codes and standards, as well as optional training in fire investigation, insurance and wildland fire suppression. The focus of the FPT program is on preparing graduates for the various career opportunities available in fire protection and to provide them with the skills to be successful in whichever path they select.

Technician Program

The Fire Protection Engineering Technician (FPN) program has a common first semester to the Fire Protection Engineering Technology (FPT) program. Students may switch to the Fire Protection Engineering Technician (FPN) program after semester two and still be on track. After semester two, students can still transfer between the programs but may have to take additional courses to meet the requirements of the new program.

Firefighter Training

Graduates of the FPN program can move directly into the Pre–Service Firefighter (FFP) program if they would like to continue towards firefighting.



6 Semesters (3 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Your Career

Earn your Fire Protection Engineering Technology (FPT) advanced diploma and you will have a wide array of careers to select from. Careers including sprinkler design, insurance, fire alarms, code-consulting, fire prevention officer and a stronger chance of being hired as a firefighter are all possible with the Fire Protection Engineering Technology diploma. Our graduates enter these vital fields with knowledge of fire protection software, in addition to training in sophisticated design and hands-on practice desired by industry. This program has strong job placement due to our strong ties with the leading fire protection employers. The program is recognized by the Canadian Fire Alarm Association (CFAA) and graduates can meet academic certification requirements and receive three months of work experience (visit for certification requirements and FAQ).

Work-Integrated Learning - Optional

Optional Co-op

Students meeting all academic requirements may have the opportunity to complete an optional co-op work term(s) in a formal work environment. In most cases the work term(s) is a full-time paid position completed between two academic semesters.  In programs with limited co-op opportunities, additional academic requirements and a passing grade on a communication assessment may be required for eligibility.  Eligibility for participation does not guarantee a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for those participating in the optional co-op stream regardless of success in securing a work position.


  • American Fire Sprinkler Association
  • Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association (CASA)
  • Canadian Fire Alarm Association (CFAA)
  • Canadian Fire Safety Association (CFSA)
  • Industrial Fire Prevention Association
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • National Fire Sprinkler Association
  • Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall
  • Ontario Municipal Fire Prevention Officers Association
  • Home Fire Sprinkler Collation
  • Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE)

Related Careers


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 (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: MCR3(U)
  • 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).

Program Costs

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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.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840

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.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Derek Gruchy 416.491.5050 ext. 22041

Program Interim Chair

William Sault 416.491.5050 ext. 26647


Muhamed, a graduate of Seneca's Fire Protection Engineering Technology program, talks about working in the field and his time at Seneca. This program is a North American benchmark in providing a comprehensive fire protection education combining the best aspects of both fire prevention and fire suppression. Video

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

Success Story

Nicole Higgins

Fire Protection Engineering Technology

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