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Fire Fighting Technologies Student

Is this program right for you?

Be the one fighting fires, protecting property and saving lives. If you are new to firefighting, a team player, physically fit, active in your community and want to make a difference as a firefighter, then this program is for you. 

Live-Fire Training

Gain extensive hands-on, live-fire training at Western Canada’s most extensive fire training campus.


Be mentored by experienced fire training officers and stand out with NFPA 1001 certification from an industry accredited public post-secondary institution.

This hands-on program is ideal for men and women who want the essential training and certification to become a firefighter

Characteristics of Ideal Recruits
  • Commitment to serving your community and supporting public safety

  • Ability to thrive in a team environment (ex. experience in team sports)

  • A life-long learner consistently looking for opportunities to maintain or expand knowledge, skills or experiences

  • Interest in taking care of their physical and mental health

  • Have a mechanical aptitude or skill

Career firefighter graduates include those looking for a career change. They typically have a background in a trade; are entrepreneurial; have some first responder/first-aid training; have participated in team sports; volunteer in their community, may have military experience; are life-long learners with some level of post-secondary education; and are passionate about joining the fire service.

Program Strengths
  • An academic program where students are taught and mentored by experienced fire training officers from leading fire departments in Metro Vancouver
  • Students obtain hundreds of hours of invaluable live-fire training experience with access to 30 training props on a 25-acre campus that includes a three-story burn building, steel ship training prop, rope rescue tower and Western Canada’s only 11-car train derailment training prop
  • Students meet with representatives from various fire departments on fire hall and ride-along experiences with members from local fire departments in Metro Vancouver
  • Unlike some other fire schools, evaluations are comprehensive to support a student's understanding of the requirements to earn their NFPA 1001 Firefighter II Professional Qualifications
  • Recognized academic credits for this applied firefighter program
  • Continuing education opportunities after graduation to refresh skills
  • Access to volunteer opportunities in the community during and after completion of the program


Students gain the specialized knowledge and applied skills needed to be proficient qualified within the "National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications."

Students who complete the Hazardous Materials courses at JIBC also receive certification for their "NFPA 472 Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents."


  • Safety and communications  
  • PPE & SCBA  
  • Fire ground accountability  
  • Water supplies
  • Ground ladders  
  • Fire streams and hose handling  
  • Tools and equipment review
  • Forcible entry
  • Search and rescue, firefighter survival  
  • Hose/fire streams  
  • Hoisting tools and equipment  
  • Extinguishers
  • Exterior live-fire extinguish and/or control  
  • Extinguishing a vehicle fire operating as a team  
  • Extinguishing or controlling Class A fires  
  • Attacking an interior structure fire operating as a team  
  • Assembling a team, choosing attack techniques for various levels of fire  
  • Evaluate and forecast fire growth and development  
  • Extinguish or control flammable gas or liquid gas fires.


What You Need to Graduate

The program is divided into three distinct parts consisting of online firefighting knowledge-based courses, on-campus firefighting applied learning courses, and a liberal studies component. 

Students who successfully complete the online and on-campus firefighting courses receive their "NFPA 1001 Certificate" with IFSAC and ProBoard® seals. 

Students who complete the liberal studies component of the program will also receive the 30-credit, academically recognized Firefighting Technologies Certificate. 

Students who have completed relevant liberal studies courses at other post-secondary institutions can apply for Transfer Credit towards the certificate.


Program Format

This program is available in a full-time and part-time format that offers a unique blend of online and in-person courses. Knowledge or theory-based courses are offered online, allowing you the flexibility to learn from home, at your own pace. 
Once you have mastered the knowledge components of NFPA1001, you can join an in-person cohort at our world-class training and evaluation facility in Maple Ridge. 
Full-time (FT)
This format consists of up to 12 weeks of online knowledge-based learning followed by seven weeks of full-time, hands-on training from Monday to Friday at the Maple Ridge Campus.
Part-time (PT)
Part-time education consists of up to 12 weeks of online, knowledge-based learning followed by hands-on training at the Maple Ridge Campus spread out over three months. The part-time practical training schedule consists of:

  • Evening classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays (6 p.m. – 10 p.m.) 
  • Full-day classes on select Saturdays and Sundays (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • A final two weeks of full-time training on campus (Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.).

* Both full-time and part-time options provide the same amount of practical, hands-on, live-fire training.


Upcoming Intakes

There is a maximum of four intakes of the program each year, including one part-time offering each year. Classes will run only if there are a minimum number of students.


Class Online Start On Campus Start Application Deadline
R32 FT September 28, 2020 January 4, 2021 May 27, 2020
R34 FT January 18, 2021 April 26, 2021 September 18, 2020
R35 FT June 7, 2021 September 13, 2021 February 8, 2021
R36 PT June 7, 2021 September 14, 2021 February 8, 2021


NFPA 1001 FireFighter II Professional Certification (21.5 credits)*

Tuition: $10,638.12
Learner Services Fee: $127.50 ($5.71 per credit)
Total: $10,765.62

* Tuition includes Hazmat certification. Students can apply for Transfer Credit if they have completed HZMT-1100 and/or HZMT-1110

FireFighting Technologies Certificate (30.5 credits)**


Tuition: $ 12,176.43 **
Learner Services Fee: $180.93 ($5.71 per credit)
Total: $12,357.36

Additional Fees

Application Fee (non-refundable) - $75
Equipment Lease (GST included) - $857.26
Textbooks (approximate) - $400
Clothing (approximate) - $375

** Students who have completed relevant Liberal Studies courses at other post-secondary institutions can apply for Transfer Credit to fulfill the Certificate in Firefighting Technologies Liberal Studies requirements.

Textbooks & 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 the program. 

Each successful student entering the program must purchase a uniform for the practical component of the program. All uniforms MUST be obtained from the JIBC Store.

Do not purchase these items unless you have received a confirmation letter accepting you into the program and a JIBC Uniform Order Form has been sent to you. 

Mandatory Items to Order for First Day of Class
1 Navy station pant (pants must be hemmed)
1 Navy uniform short-sleeve shirt
1 Clip-on navy tie
1 pair – Fire & Safety crests. (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 (3 recommended)
1 Pair of black composite-toes safety boots*
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.
All prices are subject to applicable taxes and may change.


STEP one - Submit Your Application Form and Prerequisites Assessment

Complete your application form and pay the application fee via EducationPlannerBC. All prerequisite documentation must be submitted by the Application Deadline to

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 submitted by the Application Deadline.

Selection Process Results
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 two - Receive Acceptance and make Payment

Successful candidates will be contacted and offered a seat in an available class.

A $500 non-refundable Commitment Fee is required to secure your seat and is applied towards your tuition.


Admission requirements


Mandatory Requirements

  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age by the start date of the program
  • Official Transcript providing proof of completion of high school or equivalent. An Interim Transcript is acceptable upon application, but the Official Transcript must be provided prior to the program start date (Post-Secondary Transcript is also acceptable)
  • Official Transcript providing proof of completion of Grade 12 English with a “C” minimum grade (or equivalent)
  • Basic First Aid (min 8hrs) with CPR Level C
  • Complete the JIBC Online Application Form (via EducationPlannerBC)
  • Proof of Physical Ability provided by one of the following:
    • Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) (preparation guide), or
    • Fitness Assessment (Test) from a University (ex. UBC, UVic, UofT, etc..) that measures strength, speed, power, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, aerobic capacity, body composition, and task-specific hand-eye coordination.
  • Medical Proof of Physical Fitness provided by the submission of both:
    • A Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q+) a self-administered (do it yourself) questionnaire; and
    • A Doctor’s note indicating student is fit to undertake firefighter training.

Beneficial Prerequisites

  • Community or volunteer experience
  • Fluency in an additional language other than English
  • Above average physical fitness
  • 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
Required Documents
  • A copy of your high school transcript. An Interim Transcript is acceptable upon application, but the Official Transcript must be provided prior to the program start date (Post-Secondary Transcript is also acceptable)
  • Evidence of completion of Basic First Aid with CPR Level C
  • Proof of Physical Ability provided by one of the following:
    • Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) (preparation guide), or
    • Fitness Assessment (Test) from a University (ex. UBC, UVic, UofT, etc..) that measures strength, speed, power, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, aerobic capacity, body composition, and task-specific hand-eye coordination.
  • Medical Proof of Physical Fitness provided by the submission of both:
    • A Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q+) a self-administered (do it yourself) questionnaire; and
    • A Doctor’s note indicating student is fit to undertake firefighter training.
Financial aid & awards

This program is eligible for student loans, external awards, JIBC awards, bursaries and scholarships.


International applicants

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


Q: How do I know if I'm the right kind of person to do this job?
A: We encourage all prospective students to complete a Lifestyle Questionnaire (Self-Assessment) to help determine whether firefighting is a suitable career, and attend an upcoming hands-on firefighting information session at the JIBC Maple Ridge campus.


Q: Are there financial aid options available for students in this program?
A: Yes. Students in both the full-time and part-time offerings of the program are eligible for financial assistance from StudentAidBC. 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: I've taken some liberal studies courses at another post-secondary institution. Can I gain transfer credit?
A: Yes. JIBC is a full participant in the credit transfer system of the BC Council on Admissions and Transfers (BCCAT) and works with that system to facilitate transfer agreements that can benefit BC students. Further information on how your credits might transfer is available from the BC Transfer Guide.


While we must all remain vigilant against the COVID-19 global pandemic, JIBC is now ready to resume limited face-to-face training for first responder and social justice professionals in cases where learning outcomes cannot be achieved remotely.

We have developed a comprehensive COVID-19 safety plan and are pleased to be able to provide limited, small-enrolment programming with protocols designed to reduce the likelihood of infection transmission. However, it is important for everyone to understand that choosing to participate in any face-to-face activity (at school, work, or socially) requires you to consider the risk to your own social circle and to also accept a responsibility to others on our campuses.

As such, if you choose to participate in any face-to-face activity, you will be required to complete a form in which you will acknowledge that: (i) you will review certain health and safety training materials; (ii) you have certain responsibilities to ensure a safe working environment for all participants; and (iii) there are certain risks associated with choosing to participate in any face-to-face activity, and that you are prepared to accept those risks.


Core Courses (For NFPA 1001 Certification)

FIRE-1053 Exterior Firefighter Knowledge

FIRE-1054 Exterior Firefighter Skills

FIRE-1055 Interior Firefighter Knowledge FIRE-1056 Interior Firefighter Skills
FIRE-1057 Full Service Firefighter Knowledge FIRE-1058 Full Service Firefighter Skills
FIRE-1059 Full Service Firefighter Community Service EMRG-1200 Incident Command System Level 100
FIRE-1071 Live Fire I FIRE-1072 Live Fire II
HZMT-1100 Hazardous Materials Awareness Level HZMT-1110 Hazardous Materials Operations Level

Liberal Studies Electives* (Choose one from each category)

Communications, Oral and Written

ENGL-1100 Academic Writing ENGL-1110 Critical Reading and Writing Skills
BUSN-1100 Business Communications  

Critical Thinking

ETHS-1100 Applied Ethics BUSN-1101 Introduction to Human Resource Management
FIRE-1077 Fire Services International Practicum  

Problem Solving

ETHS-1100 Applied Ethics CRES-1851 Introduction to Conflict Analysis and Resolution
RESM-2100 Research Methods  

* Elective credits are required for the Firefighting Technologies Certificate (30 credits) but not the NFPA 1001 Firefighter II Professional Certification (21 credits).

Learners should choose electives based on the three competencies listed above. The associated JIBC Liberal Studies courses are listed below each competency, but learners may also apply for transfer credit if they have met the competency through another post-secondary institution.

A year after completing the Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate program at JIBC, Ashley Long was promoted to a career firefighter position with a local fire department.


Ashley Long has always wanted to be a firefighter. She decided to focus on firefighting by taking the Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate. The program came highly recommended by her uncle, who is a training officer with a fire department in Metro Vancouver.

Chantal MacLeod didn’t hesitate to enrolJIBC’s Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate program allowed Chantal MacLeod to continue working full-time while pursuing her dream of a firefighting career.


Chantal MacLeod has always been interested in pursuing a career in firefighting but found it difficult to take time off work to do so.

For several years, Chantal has worked full time as a lifeguard and swim instructor at a local community centre.

Thanks to JIBC’s part-time Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate program, Patrick Conley was able to pursue his dreams of a career in firefighting while continuing his full-time job as a carpenter.


While Patrick Conley has a long-established career as a carpenter, he’s always wanted to be a firefighter. 

Thanks to the part-time Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate (FFTC) program at JIBC, he’s now making that dream job a reality.

Britt Benn, a member of Canada’s 2016 Olympic bronze medal-winning women’s rugby team, is all smiles after completing JIBC’s Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate program.


It took years of work and dedication for Brittany “Britt” Benn to earn an Olympic bronze medal as part of Canada’s women’s rugby sevens team at the 2016 Rio Games. Now that her dream of competing in the Olympic Games is complete, she’s looking for another team to join.

​​​​​​​Adam Iwama credits his JIBC training with helping him successfully transition from work in kinesiology to a career as a firefighter.


Every day on the job with Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service, Adam Iwama is reminded of the lessons he learned during his firefighter training at Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC). Adam was part of a fire crew recently called out to a fire at a rubber mat-manufacturing plant.

Steve Oishi arrived at the scene of a serious crash where the driver was pinned inside. Thanks to his JIBC firefighter training, he knew just what to do.


Steve Oishi was working at the Big White Fire Department when the call came in of a car that had crashed head-on into a tree on the side of the road. On arrival, the fire crew found the dash had crumpled and pinned the driver inside. 

Nick Cirillo was recently hired by Richmond Fire-Rescue after he completed the Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate program at JIBC.


Nick Cirillo spent years preparing himself as a candidate for a firefighting career. His efforts paid off recently when, after completing JIBC's Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate, Nick was hired as a probationary firefighter at Richmond Fire-Rescue.

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