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JIBC firefighter training

Is this program right for you?

Be the one advancing your firefighting career. If you are a fire service leader looking to further your career by completing a higher-level academic credential part-time, this program is for you.

Essential Skills

Obtain essential skills to enhance your capabilities to lead, manage and organize in the fire service.

Online and On-Campus

Online and on-campus courses facilitate success for working professionals.

This program is for experienced fire officers who want to advance their careers through higher academic credentials required by an increasing number of fire service leadership positions.

Program strengths 

This part-time program is designed for members of the fire service.

Its higher-level academic credentials are required for officers to advance into more senior positions. It is designed to help officers distinguish themselves by providing the applied management and strategic knowledge and skills needed.


Students develop the knowledge and skills to be effective managers, become both organizational and front-line leaders, manage human resources in our increasingly diverse society, and successfully lead organizational projects.


What You Need to Graduate

To receive your diploma, you must complete of all the requirements within the program.


Program Format

Courses in this program are primarily offered online. The number of on-campus courses is dependent upon the student's first-year program.

The first year consists of courses in the Fire Officer Certificate or courses in the Fire Prevention Officer Certificate. Students with relevant education can apply for Advanced Standing or Recognition of Prior Learning. Please send an email to the Fire & Safety Division for more information.

Upcoming program course offerings are available on the Fire & Safety Studies Diploma Course Calendar.


Upcoming intakes

Apply for this program at any time. There are no specific application deadlines however, there are set start dates for courses in this program.



Tuition is specific to each course and is paid at the time of registration.


Textbooks and Supplies

Course manuals are supplied when you attend class. If additional books or other materials are required, you will be advised of the details after you are accepted into a course.


STEP one - Apply to the program

Students can apply by registering online at EducationPlannerBC and completing the online program application form.


STEP TWO - Submit supporting Documents

Prepare and submit supporting documentation to the Registration Office


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


STEP three - REGISTER for courses

After your application has been approved, please register for courses directly with the Registration Office at 604.528.5590 or

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.


This is an open enrolment program. There are no application deadlines or set start dates.

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

  • A copy of your high school transcript
  • Proof of completion of the Fire Officer Certificate or Fire Prevention Officer Certificate or a request for Advanced Standing based on prior education and experience.

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


Q: Are there financial aid options available for students in this program?
A: Yes. Students accepted into the program also have access to and are encouraged to apply for, external and internal student awards, scholarships and bursaries.


Q: Are international students eligible to take this program?
A: Yes. International students should contact the JIBC Office of International Affairs to discuss their options and requirements to apply for and complete the program.


Q: Can I get credit for my relevant industry experience?
A: Yes. Based on other education that you have completed, apply for Advanced Standing for Year One of the diploma.


Firefighter Training Courses & Resources

The Fire & Safety Division works with various partner agencies and organizations to support the education and training needs of the fire service and industry.

JIBC students standing by a fire

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.

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.

Questions about Firefighting Programs?