Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate
This certificate provides you with the NFPA1001 certification you need to become a fire fighter.
Learn More at our Information Session
Join us at a free information session to learn more about the Fire Fighting Technologies certificate, tour our campus, and meet faculty and staff. To RSVP or request program information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information.
This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the training involved to become a fire fighter and the necessary steps it takes to be hired by a career Fire Department.
Please join us at our next Information Session:
- May 12, 2016
7:00 - 9:00pm
Victoria Campus, Room: VIC217
The session is offered in cooperation with Vancouver Fire & Rescue. Register through Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services.
- June 11, 2016
1:00 - 3:00pm
Maple Ridge Campus, Room: MR201
Winter date TBA
A career in fire fighting is rewarding and demanding. Today, fire departments are increasingly being called upon to respond to and lead complex multi-agency incidents and disasters.
Fire fighting requires a unique set of skills and specialized training. This program will prepare you for this exciting career, equip you to help save lives, and make a difference in your community.
We’ve updated our Career Fire Fighter program in response to the evolving needs of the fire service, advances in technology, and updates to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. This new program combines online and face-to-face learning and provides a more flexible schedule for working professionals.
The new Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate (FFTC) is a comprehensive 30-credit program that allows learners to meet the specific competencies outlined in NFPA 1001 Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, 2013 edition. The FFTC provides learners with specific job-related knowledge and other important skills such as teamwork, oral communication, written communication, critical thinking, and problem solving.
Who Should Take This Certificate?
If you are considering a career in fire fighting, this program will provide you with the theoretical background, applied skills, and specialized knowledge required to become a superior candidate in a competitive recruiting process.
Graduates are employment-ready, and are able to take on the challenges of an entry-level fire fighter.
Becoming a fire fighter is a competitive process. Potential candidates apply to individual cities or municipalities, and are assessed as part of recruit selection.
Selection criteria will differ slightly in each municipality, but generally will include a standard of driving and first aid licencing, vision and hearing, general physical fitness, and post secondary requirements.
The Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate provides the NFPA 1001 Level I and Level II certification which is required of fire fighter recruits.
Get the certification you need to help start your fire fighting career.
We provide the theoretical background, skills and specialized knowledge required in the fire service. You will learn:
- Safe practices and techniques for operating fire department apparatus, tools and equipment.
- How to communicate effectively, in various emergency and non-emergency situations.
- To safely and efficiently respond to an alarm and conduct fire-ground operations at the scene of an emergency incident.
- The reality of firefighter survival - gain knowledge to help you understand ground cover fires, and examine the critical elements of fire suppression.
- About fire fighter rehabilitation issues, extreme cold weather considerations, pre-incident planning, plus fire detection, protection, and fire cause determination.
- How to use personal protective equipment (PPE) and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
- Methods of communication and the importance of personnel accountability on the emergency scene.
- How to select fire service tools and equipment to perform fire ground tasks directed at accessing fire locations.
- How to apply fire suppression techniques in a variety of non-enclosed live-fire scenarios in preparation for participation in interior structural fire suppression activities.
- Advanced fire suppression and rescue techniques in emergency simulations to conduct rescues and stabilize incident scenes.
- About the tools and tactics to suppress structural fires, extinguish flammable gas fires and protect fire scene evidence.
- To deliver sound public education within your community and how to conduct yourself professionally while acting as a representative of a fire department.
- To conduct thorough fire inspections, make assessments and prepare recommendations to ensure the risk of fire in a building is minimized.
- To recognize hazardous materials emergencies, ensure personnel safety, perform a hazard assessment, and notify and communicate with higher skilled emergency responders or technical response teams.
Graduates of this program will experience:
Quality Education and Training
Each learner is provided hands-on training and evaluated on 100% of job performance requirements to ensure you are job ready.
Our simulation training props including a three-story burn building, steel ship mock-up, rope rescue tower, and hazardous materials simulator are used to prepare you for a wide range of situations.
Our instructors are subject matter experts active in the field. Their knowledge and experience will help get you ready for today’s increasingly complex challenges and entry to a career in the fire service.
Earn NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter II Professional Qualifications and NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials for Emergency Responders – Awareness and Operations Levels accredited by the Fire Service Professional Qualifications System (ProBoard) and International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).
This unique program is delivered in a blended, flexible-format consisting of a combination of online and face-to-face.
JIBC conducts applied research and consults with fire departments in order to design and progressively enhance programs that meet the needs of learners and industry.
This program has been designed to meet the requirements of B.C. fire departments. JIBC’s fire fighter programs have also been recognized as meeting the occupational training and learning requirements for Canadian Armed Forces fire fighting personnel. This 30-credit post-secondary certificate is approved and recognized by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education as an academic credential.
Program applicants must meet the following prerequisites:
- High School Graduate or equivalent (including Grade 12 English with a “C” minimum grade)
- Valid Driver License *
- Current Driver’s Abstract
- Criminal Record Check
- Standard First Aid Certification
- CPR Level C
- Incident Command System 100
- Lifestyle Questionnaire (Self-Assessment)
- Fire Service Knowledge Assessment
* Applicants who do not hold a driver’s license may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Other Preferred Qualifications
- Above average physical fitness
- Community or volunteer experience
- Experience being a part of a team
- Mechanical aptitude
- Positive attitude and good work ethic
- Life experience and a mature attitude
- Ability to take direction
- Demonstrated responsible behaviour
Please review the Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate Program Information & Application Package for an overview of the application process and required steps.
Step 1: Application Form and Prerequisite Assessment
The application process requires the submission of all paperwork confirming the mandatory prerequisites are met. The onus is on each individual applying to the FFTC program to ensure that the package is complete with all required documentation attached.
- Minimum of 18 years of age
- Grade 12 graduation (or equivalent)
- Grade 12 English with a minimum Grade of C (or equivalent)
- Online Application Form
- Lifestyle Questionnaire
- Fire Service Knowledge Assessment
- Proof of CPR Level C and Basic First Aid Certification
- Proof of successful completion of Incident Command System (ICS) Level 100
- Driver Abstract
- Criminal Record Check
- Two written references (1 professional and 1 personal)
Applicants who have met the required program admission criteria may be granted additional points in the selective entry process for the following:
- Community or volunteer experience
- Fluency in an additional language other than English
Step 2: Candidate Assessment
- Mechanical Aptitude Test
- Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) - preparation guide
- Medical Exam
Selection Process Results
Each step must be successfully completed before a candidate can proceed to the next step.
Any candidate who is incomplete in any step of the application/selection process will be notified via email that their application is incomplete and invited to contact us for further information.
The results from each component will be compiled to produce an overall candidate score. This score is then used to create a rank ordering of candidates. FFTC program seats are filled by working from the top of the rank order list down. Successful candidates will be contacted and offered a seat in an available class. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email and invited to contact us for further feedback along with developmental suggestions should they decide to re-apply in the future.
Step 3: Acceptance and Payment
Successful candidates will be contacted and offered a seat in an available class.
The FFTC offers a unique blend of online and face-to-face courses. Knowledge or theory-based courses are offered online, allowing you the flexibility to learn from home, often at your own pace. Once you have mastered the knowledge components of NFPA1001, you can join a face-to-face cohort at our world-class training and evaluation facility in Maple Ridge.
The FFTC is 30-credit program that combines 21 credits of Professional Fire Fighting (NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications) and 9 credits worth of Liberal Studies. The Liberal Studies courses can be completed prior to or following the Professional Fire Fighting Certification, again allowing you maximum flexibility.
Note that education from other post-secondary schools may be eligible for credit transfer.
- Application Deadline Class – April 18, 2016 (Application form and fee paid to email@example.com)
- Document Deadline – May 2, 2016 (All prerequisite documentation to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Online Course start date June 6 - August 26, 2016
- Practical Course start date September 12 - October 21, 2016
- Application Deadline Class – July 22, 2016 (Application form and fee paid to email@example.com)
- Document Deadline – August 12, 2016 (All prerequisite documentation to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Online Course start date September 26 - December 16, 2016
- Practical Course start date January 9 - February 24, 2017
The Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate is a 30.0 credit program. It consists of the following:
Professional Fire Fighter Certification (21.0 credits)
|Core courses for NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter II Professional Qualifications|
Up to 12 weeks
Plus 9 credits of Liberal Studies
Communications, Oral and Written
Up to 14 weeks
Personal Protective Equipment Lease
FIRE-1000 Basic Fire Fighter Knowledge
FIRE-1001 Intermediate Fire Fighter Knowledge
FIRE-1002 Advanced Fire Fighter Knowledge
FIRE-1003 Basic Fire Fighter Skills
FIRE-1004 Intermediate Fire Fighter Skills
FIRE-1005 Advanced Fire Fighter Skills
FIRE-1006 Fire Fighter Community Service
FIRE-1007 Fire Fighter Skills Application
HZMT-1100 Hazardous Materials Emergency Response-Awareness
HZMT-1110 Hazardous Materials Emergency Response-Operations
Liberal Studies - 3 courses required $455.36 per course
Learner Services Fee @$5.30 per credit
(prices subject to change)
- International Association of Fire Chiefs, National Fire Protection Association (2014). Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills - Canadian Third Edition. Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.
- International Fire Service Training Association (2011). Hazardous Materials for First Responders 4th Edition. Oklahoma: Fire Protection Publications. (if you plan on taking the Hazmat courses).
It is mandatory that each successful student entering the Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate purchase a uniform for the practical component of the program. To ensure uniform consistency, all uniforms must be purchased from the JIBC Store.
Please do not purchase these items unless you have a confirmation letter accepting you into the program and a JIBC Uniform Order Form has been sent to you. (This is to ensure you are not spending money unnecessarily.) See below the list of items required for the first day of class at the Maple Ridge Campus.
Mandatory items to be ordered:
- 1 - Navy Station pant $60.00 – 2 pair recommended (pants must be hemmed)
- 1 - Navy Uniform short-sleeve shirts $32.00 – 1 recommended
- 1 - Clip-on Navy tie $6.99
- 2 per shirt - Fire & Safety crests $6.00 (Have crests sewn on navy uniform short sleeve shirt. Ask staff at JIBC Store where to place crests on sleeves)
- 2 - Fire & Safety navy short-sleeve gym T-shirt $21.00 – 3 recommended
- 1 - Pair of Black composite-toed safety boots $189.00 *
- 1 - Black leather belt *
* Belt & boots are mandatory items but can be purchased through the JIBC Store or a store of your choice as long as they meet the CSA approval. All boots must be either steel-toed or composite-toed and able to hold a shine and be CSA approved.
Please note that all prices are subject to applicable taxes and may change.
Last updated April 15, 2016