Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate

This hands-on, academic program equips you with the unique set of skills, NFPA 1001 certification, and specialized live-fire training that helps you become an employment-ready firefighter

The Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate (FFTC) program is a comprehensive 30-credit academic certificate program that provides the NFPA 1001 Level 1 and Level 2 certification Fire Service recruits need to be sought after candidates in the highly competitive recruitment environment. 

Who Should Take This Certificate?

Are you a team player? Eager to take on new challenges? Want a rewarding career helping to keep communities safe as a firefighter? 

The Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate (FFTC) Program will equip you with the hands-on skills, experience, academic credentials, and NFPA 1001 certification you need to become a sought after candidate in the highly competitive recruitment process.

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Learn More at our Next Information Session December 7, 2019

Firefighting Information Session

Curious about a firefighting career? Discover first-hand what it takes at our upcoming hands-on information session. 

In our new, hands-on information session format, learn about the Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate (FFTC) program and get a taste of firefighting by practicing some essential firefighting skills at one of Western Canada’s most extensive firefighting training facilities.

Cost to participate is $25. Minimum age to participate is 18.

DATE: December 7, 2019
TIME: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
LOCATION: JIBC Maple Ridge campus


As the information session and workshop will involve some strenuous physical activity, participants are encouraged to bring their own water bottle and dress in appropriate active wear.

Please note: Only those who have pre-registered before an upcoming event will be able to participate and attend the hands-on information session/workshop. To ensure safety of everyone in attendance, no unregistered observers will be permitted on site during the event.


All participants are required to sign and complete a Waiver Form prior to participating in the information session. For participants under the age of 19, their parents/guardians are required to sign and complete the Waiver Form. Please bring a hard copy the morning of the information session or email it prior to the information session to with "Firefighting Info Session Waiver Form" in the subject line.

Becoming a Fire Fighter

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.

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 safe driving history and first aid licencing, vision and hearing, general physical fitness, and post secondary requirements.

We encourage all prospective students to complete a Lifestyle Questionnaire (Self-Assessment) to help determine whether firefighting is a suitable career. 

Strengths and Highlights of the Program

The Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate (FFTC) provides practical, hands-on, live-fire training at JIBC's world-class firefighter training facility in Maple Ridge. Students are taught by experienced firefighters from leading fire departments in the Lower Mainland, each of whom serves as a mentor as students complete their training.

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.

Applied Learning
Students gain their live-fire training experience using various simulation training props including a three-story burn building, steel ship mock-up, rope rescue tower, and hazardous materials simulator to prepare you for a wide range of reali-life situations. Students also have the opportunity to participate in ride-along experiences with members from local Fire Departments in the Lower Mainland.

Expert Instructors
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.

Industry Certification
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.

Best Practices
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.

Recognized Credentials
This program has been designed to meet the requirements of fire departments in B.C. and across Canada. 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.

What Will I Learn?

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.

Program Formats

The FFTC program is available in a full-time and part-time format that 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.

Full-time Format

The full-time 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 Format

The part-time format consists of up to 12 weeks of online, knowledge-based learning followed by hands-on training at the Maple Ridge Campus spread out over a three-month period. The practical training 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.), and
  • A final two weeks of full-time training on campus (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.).

Both formats provide the same amount of practical, hands-on, live-fire training.

Program Admission Requirements

Program applicants must meet the following prerequisites:

  • 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
    • JIBC Fitness Assessment, 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 fire fighter training.

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

Admission Process

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.

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 2:  Acceptance and Payment

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

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

Start Dates and Application Deadlines

Class Application Deadline Online Start Date On Campus Start Date
R31Feb 7, 2020Jun 8, 2020Sep 14, 2020
Feb 10, 2020Jun 8, 2020Sep 15, 2020
R32May 27, 2020Sep 28, 2020Jan 4, 2021

Complete your application form and pay the application fee via EducationPlannerBC. All prerequisite documentation must be submitted by the Application Deadline to Classes will only run if there are a minimum number of students.

* R33 Part-time offering schedule consists of:

  • Evening classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays (6 p.m. – 10 p.m.)
  • Full-day classes on Saturdays and select Sundays (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.), and
  • A final two weeks of full-time training on campus (Nov. 30 - Dec. 11, 2020 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.).


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 

FIRE-1053 Exterior Fire Fighter Knowledge

4.0 credits


Up to 12 weeks

FIRE-1055 Interior Fire Fighter Knowledge

2.0 credits


FIRE-1057 Full Service Fire Fighter Knowledge

2.0 credits


FIRE-1054 Exterior Fire Fighter Skills

4.0 credits


7 weeks

FIRE-1056 Interior Fire Fighter Skills

2.0 credits


FIRE-1058 Full Service Fire Fighter Skills

2.0 credits


FIRE-1059 Full Service Fire Fighter Community Service

0.5 credits


FIRE-1071 Live Fire I

1.0 credits


FIRE-1072 Live Fire II

1.0 credits


HZMT-1100 Hazardous Materials Awareness Level

0.5 credits


1 week

HZMT-1110 Hazardous Materials Operations Level

2.0 credits


Plus 9 credits of Liberal Studies
Learners will choose electives based on the three competencies listed below. 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.

Communications, Oral and Written

3.0 credits


Up to 14 weeks

Critical Thinking

3.0 credits


Problem Solving

3.0 credits


Program Costs

NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter II Professional Certification
(21 credits)

FIRE-1053 Exterior Fire Fighter Knowledge
FIRE-1055 Interior Fire Fighter Knowledge
FIRE-1057 Full Service Fire Fighter Knowledge
FIRE-1054 Exterior Fire Fighter Skills
FIRE-1056 Interior Fire Fighter Skills
FIRE-1058 Full Service Fire Fighter Skills
FIRE-1059 Full Service Fire Fighter Community Service
FIRE-1071 Live Fire I
FIRE-1072 Live Fire II
HZMT-1100 Hazardous Materials Emergency Response-Awareness*
HZMT-1110 Hazardous Materials Emergency Response-Operations*

* Students can apply for Transfer Credit if they have previously completed these courses

Tuition Fees

$ 10,306.65

Learner Services Fee @$5.71 per credit

$ 119.94

Tuition Fees for NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter II Certification
(21 credits)

$ 10,426.59


Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate
(30 credits)

Part II: NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter II Professional Certification (as noted above)

$ 10,426.59

Liberal Studies – Communication Skills (ENGL-1100, ENGL-1110 or BUSN-1100) *

$ 492.77

Liberal Studies – Critical Thinking (ETHS-1100, BUSN-1101 or FIRE-1051) *

$ 492.77

Liberal Studies – Problem Solving (ETHS-1100, CRES-1851 or RESM-2100) * 

$ 492.77

Learner Services Fee @$5.71 per credit

$ 51.39

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

$ 11,956.29


Additional Fees


Application Fee (non-refundable)

$ 75.00

Equipment Lease

$ 823.99

Textbooks* (approximately) 

$ 400.00

Clothing* (approximately)

$ 375.00

* Plus any applicable taxes


Required Textbooks and Supplies

Required Textbooks for Hazardous Materials courses

  • International Fire Service Training Association (2011). Hazardous Materials for First Responders 4th Edition. Oklahoma: Fire Protection Publications.

Required Uniform

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 (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.

Please note that all prices are subject to applicable taxes and may change.


JIBC Student Awards

Candidates for the Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate (FFTC) may be eligible to apply for JIBC internal awards, scholarships and bursaries. A list of external awards for firefighting and emergency services funding is also available.

For more information, please contact Student Services directly at or call 604.528.5762.

Last updated November 26, 2019