3 Semesters (12 Months)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Certificate

About the Program

This 12-month certificate program offers comprehensive training that meet the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 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.


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

Your Career

When you graduate from this program, these are the types of career options that you can explore:

  • Firefighter
  • Public safety educator

Professional Certification

  • NFPA 1072 Ops Level (IFSAC)
  • Emergency Medical Responder (Red Cross EMR)
  • DZ Truck Driver’s License (additional cost)
  • NFPA 1001 Firefighter I & Firefighter II

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

Student Works and Experiences

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