Fire & Safety Studies Diploma

The Fire & Safety Studies Diploma builds on the learning you have obtained in either the Fire Officer Certificate Program or the Fire Prevention Officer Certificate to assist you in achieving your career goals. If you would like to further your career in the fire service then you recognize the need to obtain higher level academic credentials. This diploma effectively prepares students to assume more senior officer positions. 

In addition, students who meet the admission requirements and successfully complete the Fire and Safety Studies Diploma (FSSD) will have earned 60 credits toward the Bachelor of Public Safety Administration and will be eligible to enter into Year 3 of the degree if they choose to continue their studies.

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Who Should Take This Diploma?

The Fire & Safety Studies Diploma will assist you, as a member of the fire service, achieve your career and educational goals while supporting the broader goal of enhanced community safety.

Program Objectives

Students will develop the knowledge and skills to:

  • Be effective managers
  • Become both organizational and frontline leaders
  • Think critically
  • Manage human resources in our increasingly diverse society
  • Successfully lead organizational projects

Courses: Year 1 and Year 2

The majority of courses in this program area are offered in an online format using Blackboard.  There some exceptions if you are completing either the FOCP or the FPOC for your first year.  Please see those respective program areas for more details on specific course formats.

Year 1

There are three ways that you can complete Year 1 of the diploma:

Year 2

Course Title Course Code Credits
Strategic Planning for Community Risk ReductionFIRE-2115 3
Organizational Behaviour and Managing Change in the Fire ServiceFIRE-2120 3
Leading Inclusive Cultures in Emergency ServicesFIRE-2125 3
Project ManagementBUSN-3110 3
Strategic Planning for the Fire ServiceFIRE-2135 3
Financial Management FIRE-2145 3
Introduction to Conflict Analysis and ResolutionCRES-1851 3

Electives (Choose two of the following to earn six credits)

Course Title

Course Code Credits

Cultural Awareness: History and Impact of Colonization

ABL106      3
Fire Inspector II FIRE-1220 3
Building Construction: Issues in Fire Safety FIRE-2182 3
Foundations of Business Continuity Management ESMS-2340 3
Human Behaviour and Social Constructs of Disasters ESMS-2310 3
Critical Infrastructure Protection Systems ESMS-2450 3

One 200 level liberal studies course of your choosing.

Books & Supplies
Please review the course outline for your course to determine which books are required. All books are available from the JIBC Store.  

Admission Requirements

  • English 12 with a minimum grade of a "C"
  • Math 11 with a minimum grade of a "C"

Applicants the must meet all institutional and program specific entry requirements according to the JIBC admissions policy.

The Program Manager of Executive Officer Programs has responsibility for all admission requirements. Other equivalents may be considered upon approval of the Registrar.

Application Process

Apply online via EducationPlannerBC and submit all the necessary documentation, such as your high school transcript to the JIBC Registration Office by:

Justice Institute of BC Registration Office
715 McBride Boulevard,
New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4



Once your application has been approved, please register for courses directly with the Student Services Centre at 604.528.5590 or

We recommend that you apply at least two months before you wish to take your first class. Once an applicant is accepted, we suggest registering as far as possible before the classes begin as the number of seats is limited.

Last updated January 12, 2019