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Is this program right for you?

Be the one advancing your firefighting career. If you are an experienced firefighter looking to further yourself as a fire officer, this program is for you.

Applied Knowledge and Competencies

Gain the applied knowledge and competencies you need to supervise and lead in the fire service.

Academic Credentials

Meet all four levels of the NFPA 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications with a credential from an IFSAC and ProBoard® accredited post-secondary institution.

This program is open for any firefighter who wants to become an officer, and for current fire officers looking to advance their careers by completing the requirements for the NFPA 1021 Fire Officer Professional Qualifications. 

Program Strengths

The program covers the four levels of the "NFPA 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications" and focuses on the specific competencies of the standard. It holds dual accreditation from both ProBoard® and IFSAC, and is Canada's only accredited NFPA FO I-IV program.

It is a standards-based program providing a practical, relevant and interactive education focused on the job requirements and responsibilities of fire officers in the service. Subjects are taught in a flexible, primarily online format.

Program Highlights

  1. Meets the requirements of the "NFPA 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, 2020 version."
  2. Accredited by IFSAC and ProBoard®.
  3. Provides anywhere, anytime education with varying delivery options (in person, online and in-house).
  4. Practical, relevant, interactive and prepares students for the job requirements and responsibilities of the varying levels of a fire officer.
  5. Provides a continued education path with laddering into our Fire & Safety Studies Diploma.

This standards-based program is practical, relevant and interactive with flexible delivery options.


  • Human resource management 
  • Incident management 
  • Fire service administration
  • Fire service leadership

The content in each level of the Fire Officer Certificate Program ladders into a higher level, allowing for a continuous progression of learning.

What You Need to Graduate

This program is divided into four sequential levels of graduation eligibility corresponding to the NFPA 1021 Fire Officer Standard.

  • Fire Officer I  
    Provide your NFPA 1001 certificate and successfully complete the required courses before continuing to the next level.  
  • Fire Officer II  
    Provide your NFPA 1021 Fire Officer Level 1 certificate from a ProBoard® and/or IFSAC accredited institution and successfully complete the required courses.
  • Fire Officer III  
    Provide your NFPA 1021 Fire Officer Level II certificate from a ProBoard® and/or IFSAC accredited institution and successfully complete the required courses.
  • Fire Officer IV  
    Provide your NFPA 1021 Fire Officer Level III certificate from a ProBoard® and/or IFSAC accredited institution and successfully complete the required courses. 

Upon completion of any Fire Officer levels or the Fire Officer program, students should email FSDcertificate@jibc.ca to request their certificate(s), and to graduate. 

Program Format

Courses are offered for students either online or in a classroom.

Online course offerings must be completed within the stated period of time, generally within one month from the start date of the course.

Course Calendar

The dates of upcoming scheduled courses for each Fire Officer level is available on the Fire Officer Course Calendar page.

For more detailed information on the next offering of a course, click on the link in the course table below

Upcoming Intakes

Apply for this program at any time. There are no specific application deadlines, however individual courses have set start and end dates.


Textbooks are required for this program. Click here for the full list of textbooks in this program.  If additional books or other materials are required, you will be advised prior to the start of a course.


Each course is paid at the time of registration. For more information, click on any of the course links below. 

Additional Fees

Program Application Fee (non-refundable): $75 (Domestic), $150 (International)
Textbooks: Textbooks are required for this program. Contact FSDFireOfficer@jibc.ca for titles and purchase information.

STEP ONE - Submit Your Application Form and Prerequisite Supporting Documents

Apply by submitting your completed application form to the Admissions Office.

Admissions Office
Justice Institute of British Columbia
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4


STEP TWO - Register For Courses

After your application has been approved, please register for courses directly with Registration Office at 604.528.5590 or register@jibc.ca.

You are encouraged to complete your application at least two months before you wish to take your first course in the program. Once an applicant is accepted, we suggest registering as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment. The number of seats in each class is limited.

Important Dates & Application Deadlines

This is an open enrolment program. There are no application deadlines, however, individual courses have set start and end dates.

Once an applicant is accepted, we suggest registering as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment. The number of seats in each class is limited.

Required Documents

  • A copy of your IFSAC or ProBoard® accredited NFPA1001 certificate.

International Applicants

International applicants are encouraged to visit the International Studies page or contact JIBC's Office of International Affairs.

Q: How do I apply for this program?

A: Apply by downloading and submitting your completed application form to the Admissions Office.

Q: Where can I find the latest program course offerings?

A: Click on the link of any of the courses listed below for the next available offering of the course. 

Q: When are the JIBC NFPA 1021 Completion Certificates issued?

A: They are printed and mailed to graduates on a quarterly basis.

Certificates are produced in February, May, August, and November for students who have completed the program in the relevant preceding three-month period. If you do not receive your certificate, contact the Fire & Safety Division.

Q: How to update my student profile? 

A: Visit https://www.jibc.ca/student-record-forms to access name change, contact info change, authorization to release student information, unofficial transcripts, etc. 

Q: Can I use my ICS Canada for JIBC Fire Officer ICS course requirements? 

A: Yes, see the link to Emergency Management Division (EMD) ICS recognized providers https://www.jibc.ca/contract-training/areas-of-training/incident-command-system/recognized-ics-service-providers and application for transfer credits. 

Q: Can I take individual courses without being enrolled in the program: 

A: No, for specific cases exceptions may be considered: email FireOfficer@jibc.ca to inquire.

Q: Why can't I register for FIRE-1100 online? 

A: Students must be enrolled in the FO/FPO Program and verified by the JIBC Registration Office.

Q: Can I apply course credentials from other providers to the JIBC Fire Officer program?

A: Yes. We will consider accepting course credits from recognized providers and post-secondary institutions. See the helpful links below. 

Q: What is Blackboard?

A: JIBC uses Blackboard as the platform for online learning. For further information, see JIBC Blackboard Help for Students https://host.jibc.ca/blackboard/help/index.html#/ 

Q: I can't log in to Blackboard, what do I do?

A: You can contact the Registration Office. Or, find helpful links below. 

Q: When do I have access to my online course? How do I check my grades?

A: Course access is available on the course start date. Students access online courses and grades through the “myJIBC Portal Welcome Page” https://www.jibc.ca/myjibc

Q: What is the Withdrawal and Refund policy? 

A: JIBC Withdrawal policy for Fire Officer Continuing Studies courses is, students have up to 7 calendar days before the course starts to request a withdrawal and receive a full refund. Withdrawal with less than 7 calendar days from the start of the course is not eligible for tuition refund https://www.jibc.ca/procedure/refunds 

Contact both the program area at FireOfficer@jibc.ca and the Registration Office at register@jibc.ca to request a withdrawal and refund. 604-528-5590, Option 2; or call Toll Free: 1-877-528-5591.

Students need to contact the Registration Office to formally withdraw from a course to avoid receiving an 'F' fail grade on their transcript. 

Q: What is involved with proctoring an exam? 

A: The proctor must sign a completed proctor agreement. Proctors are provided with a detailed information package close to the exam date. All exams must be proctored Face-to-Face with the student and proctor present. Proctors need to be able to clear a cache history on the student’s laptop upon completion of the online exam.

Suitable proctors must be external from the organization/department/employer.

  • A High school, University or College Instructor.
  • An external professional not associated with your Fire Department, such as a City Official.
  • Other suitable candidates as accepted by the Fire & Safety Division. 

Q: Can JIBC proctor my exam?

A: Yes. Proctoring can be accommodated at most JIBC Campuses. Contact FireOfficer@jibc.ca for more information. 

Q: Are textbooks required?

A: Visit the link below for more information https://www.jibc.ca/sites/default/files/2022-10/FSD-Fire-Officer-and-Fire-Prevention-Officer-Courses-Textbook-List.pdf 

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Firefighter Training Courses & Resources

The Fire & Safety Division offers a wide range of courses and resources as it works with various partner agencies and organizations to support the education and training needs of the fire service and industry.

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Course List by NFPA Standard

Find out which JIBC courses are available that meet specific National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards in firefighter training. All courses are available on a customized contract basis.

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JIBC's Mobile Live-Fire Training Lab

The JIBC Mobile Live-Fire Training Lab is a unique resource that offers municipal and industrial fire departments throughout B.C. the opportunity to provide essential live-fire training in their own region.

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