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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 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, 2009 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.

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

Note
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 levels of graduation eligibility corresponding to the NFPA 1021 Fire Officer Standard.

  • Fire Officer I  
    Provide your NFPA 1001 certification and successfully complete the required courses.
  • 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.
 
Program Format

Courses are offered for students either online or in a classroom, except for Emergency Scene Management and Fire Service Instructor courses which are offered exclusively in a classroom setting.

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

 

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

A full list of textbooks is available for this program. If additional books or other materials are required, you will be advised prior to the start of a course.

Tuition

Each course is paid at the time of registration.

 

additional Fees

Program Application Fee (non-refundable): $75 (Domestic), $150 (International)
Textbooks: This program requires textbooks. The latest prices are available by contacting the JIBC Bookstore.

STEP ONE - Submit your Application Form and Prerequisites

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

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

Fax
604.528.5653

 

STEP TWO - SUBMIT SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

in-person or by mail

Admissions 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 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 January, April, July and October 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.

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.
 

Firefighter Training 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.

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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.

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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