6 Semesters (3 Years)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Seneca is delivering this program in an online format in May 2021. Learn more about technical requirements for online learning and review minimum computer requirements for this program.

About the Program

Seneca's Fire Protection Engineering Technology (FPT) advanced diploma program, is the leading North American program for fire prevention education. Under the guidance of professors and industry experts, you will work with advanced fire protection equipment. Expect hands-on experience in the design and installation of fire protection systems.

Major areas of study include the advanced design and installation of fire protection systems (sprinklers and alarms), leading-edge computer software systems, the governing codes and standards, as well as optional training in fire investigation, insurance and wildland fire suppression.

Once you complete the FPT program, you can move forward to the Firefighter, Pre–Service Education & Training (FFP) program for a career in firefighting.


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Advanced design and installation of fire protection systems (sprinklers and alarms)
  • Leading edge computer software systems
  • Fire dynamics
  • Governing codes and standards
  • Optional training in fire investigation, insurance and wildland fire suppression

Work Experience

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.

Your Career

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

  • Fire alarm technician
  • Fire alarm designer
  • Sprinkler fitter
  • Sprinkler designer
  • Project manager
  • Sales representative for alarms or sprinklers
  • Insurance risk manager
  • Fire safety plan designer
  • Fire code consultant
  • Building code consultant
  • Fire inspector
  • Fire and life safety public educator
  • Fire prevention officer
  • Fire investigator
  • Firefighter
  • Fire extinguisher technician
  • Fire protection engineering technologist


  • 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)

Professional Certification

The program is recognized by the Canadian Fire Alarm Association (CFAA). Graduates who meet academic certification requirements can receive three months of work experience (visit for certification requirements and FAQ).