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What will I learn?

Program Description

The Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training Program will prepare students for a career in fire-fighting, and features an on-campus live burn training facility to provide hands on practice for students in essential fire-fighting skills. This program provides applicants with the required knowledge and skills through vocational courses in fire fighting, generic skills and general education courses in order to enhance job performance as a firefighter. Students have the opportunity to consolidate and apply theoretical knowledge through lab and field placements within regional Fire Services. The three semesters of this program are offered consecutively. A dress code is in effect for all lab practice sessions and field placement activities. Students are required to purchase the student fire uniforms, crests, as well as basic personal fire boots and clothing items. Cost of additional supplies with required program textbooks is approximately $1,500.00. Fire turn-out gear will be provided by the College.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program may obtain employment in industry, nuclear plants, natural resources-forest fire fighting services, airports, community firefighting services.

Which department am I in?

School of Health Sciences and Emergency Services

Study options

Full Time (3 semesters)

Tuition fees
Tuition Fees Estimate for 1st Year: CAN $19,995.00

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

8 September 2021


Northern College

Timmins Campus,

4715 Highway 101 East,


Ontario (ON),

P0N 1H0, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The minimum requirement for admission to a post-secondary program is an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD/OSSGD) or its equivalent, including Grade 12 English. Individuals who are 19 years of age or older may apply as mature students. IELTS 6.0, Internet based TOEFL 79.

For international students

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

Grade 12 English (C, U)

Note: The following is required for students planning to enroll in the Paramedic Bridging program:

Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C, U or equivalent)

Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry (C, U or equivalent)

Grade 11 or 12 Mathematics (C,M, U or equivalent)

Northern College does not offer testing for the science equivalencies.

Or equivalent

Or mature student status (an applicant who does not have a high school diploma or equivalent, and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program). Mature students must undergo academic testing prior to admission into a program.

International Students English Proficiency Requirements we will require one of the following:

  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System – minimum overall score of 6.0 must be achieved, with no individual band score under 6.0.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Computer based overall minimum score of 79
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic 58+

About this uni

Northern College is one of 24 public colleges of applied arts and technology in Ontario, Canada and is rated number one for employer satisfaction.

  • Offers best-in-class college programs to suit every student
  • Located in small but safe and friendly communities
  • Blends quality teaching with industry required skills
  • Ideally located for seasonal sports and activities