Fire Prevention Officer Certificate

The Fire Prevention Officer Certificate Program consists of 30 credits of required courses working the areas of fire prevention, investigation and inspection. The program has been designed to meet the competencies and training standards established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for fire prevention inspectors, investigators and public fire educators. The JIBC has been accredited by both IFSAC and ProBoard and is the only institution in BC with courses and certificate programs that are accredited by both.

 This program will provide benefits to students such as:

  • A recognized academic credential specific to fire prevention
  • Multiple delivery options increasing access for students throughout British Columbia
  • Learning experiences that are practical, interactive and relevant to the work of a Fire Prevention Officer
  • Opportunities for advanced training and education, allowing students to continue with training that will help them attain their career goals.

Students completing the Fire Prevention Officer Certificate Program will receive credit for Year 1 of the Fire & Safety Studies Diploma. On completion of Year 2, students may either exit with the Fire & Safety Studies Diploma or continue on to complete Year 3 and 4 in another degree program.

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Who Should Take This Certificate Program?

The Fire Prevention Officer Certificate is designed for adult learners who want to pursue their education at their own pace. If you are in the fire service and responsible for fire prevention, investigation and/or public education, this certificate will assist you in advancing your career. This certificate may also be of interest to individuals working in industries other than the fire service that could utilize a skilled Fire Prevention Officer.

Program Goals

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Function effectively as a Fire Prevention Officer within a Fire Department or fire safety team.
  • Provide strong leadership in a fire prevention role or an entire division.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to perform fire inspections, investigation, education and training.
  • Plan and manage fire department resources – personnel, financial and equipment.
  • Prepare written reports and communications.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate fire department training and prevention programs.

Program Format

Courses are offered either online or in a classroom. The following courses are only delivered face-to-face:

  • Fire Inspector 1
  • BC Fire Code for the Fire Service
  • Fire Investigator – Cause & Origin 2
  • Fire Investigator – Cause & Origin 3
  • Fire & Life Safety Educator 1
  • Fire Service Instructor 1 and 2
  • Information Officer


Course NameCourse CodeCredits
Conducting Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability AnalysesEMRG-11201.0
Incident Command System 100EMRG-12000.5
Incident Command System 200EMRG-12201.0
Information OfficerEMRG-13341.0
Fire Inspector IFIRE-12103.0
BC Fire CodeFIRE-12652.0
Fire Cause & Origin IFIRE-12701.5
Fire Cause & Origin IIFIRE-12751.5
Fire Cause & Origin IIIFIRE-12802.0
Fire & Life Safety Educator IFIRE-12061.0
Youth Firesetter Intervention SpecialistFIRE-12091.0
Fire Service Instructor IFIRE-12011.0
Fire Service Instructor IIFIRE-12021.0
Fire Service Administration IFIRE-11001.0
Frontline Leadership in the Fire Service IFIRE-11131.0
Fire Service Administration IIFIRE-11201.0
Frontline Leadership in the Fire Service IIFIRE-11231.0
Budget ManagementFIRE-11301.5
Community & Organizational Leadership FIRE-11331.5
Planning & Evaluation IFIRE-11342.0
Leading People IFIRE-11311.5
Community & Organizational Leadership II          FIRE-1143


Books and Supplies

For textbooks see the course outline under the Courses menu above. Textbooks are available from JIBC Store

Admission Requirements

The Fire Prevention Officer Certificate Program is open to students who are employed by a Fire Department, Law Enforcement Agency, Insurance or Investigation Company.  

Applicants who do not meet the foregoing requirements may still apply to the program and will be considered for enrollment on a case-by-case basis that will consider  standards and guidelines laid out in  NFPA 1031, 1033, 1035 as well as the applicants  background and current  occupational responsibilities combined with letters of reference/support.

Application Process

Apply online or complete the application form and submit to Registration Office at to confirm your enrollment in the Fire Prevention Officer Program. To check current course availability, select the course name above. 

Last updated January 21, 2020