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Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training

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Key Details

Program Start Dates

September 2024

Please visit Ontario College Application Service to learn more about start dates

Program Delivery

Campus / Full-time


Ontario College Certificate

Program Duration

3 Semesters
Currently not available for international students

Program Contacts

Richard Maxwell

Program Coordinator / Professor

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705-566-8101 ext.7254

Program Overview

Is a career protecting your community in your future?

Get ready for an exciting fire service career with our intensive one-year program in partnership with fire departments and the community, packed with plenty of practical experience and testing. Gain hands-on training in our on-campus firefighter lab and in simulated and controlled live fire training scenarios with the City of Greater Sudbury Fire Services and other partners. Get in shape with full access to the Athletics Centre and weight room. 
The curriculum is based on the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards identified as NFPA 1001 and NFPA 1072. Graduates are eligible to write the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) Provincial Firefighter test and then apply for standing as Firefighter Level I and Level II from the Proboard. 

Program Highlights

Program highlights

  • On-campus training in the firefighter lab 
  • Off-campus simulated and controlled live fire training with the City of Greater Sudbury and Markstay-Warren partners 
  • Full access to the Athletics Centre and weight room 
  • Graduates are eligible to write the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) Provincial Firefighter test and then apply for standing as Firefighter Level I and Level II from the Proboard 


Admissions requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C) or (U)

Additional admission requirements

Current certificate in CPR (Level C) and First Aid

  • Students must attend a mandatory information session at Cambrian College during the first week of classes at which time, the content of the program will be outlined and employment opportunities will be discussed. Students must also participate in a fitness assessment, during the first week of classes, to demonstrate required fitness level in order to find employment in the fire service.  The assessment will be at a reasonable additional cost to the student. Students do not have to pass the assessment in order to get into the Program, but do need to pass the assessment in order to graduate.

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Program Delivery

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Spring 2025

Program of Study

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
FIT 1006Firefighter Fitness I3
PSF 1003Fire Theory I3
PSF 1004Fire Prevention3
PSF 1005Firefighter Skills I8
PSF 1006Firefighter Medical I3
PSF 1007Hazardous Materials I3
Semester 2
FIT 1007Firefighter Fitness II3
PSF 1008Fire Theory II3
PSF 1009Hazardous Materials II4
PSF 1011Firefighter Medical II3
PSF 1012Firefighter Skills II8
PSY 1106Tactical Communication3
Semester 3
PSF 1013Firefighter Skills III7
PSF 1014Technical Rescue3
 Total Credits57


Tuition Cost

Canadian Students

$10,711.94Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

Important Notice

Fees presented are estimates based on projections for future academic year(s) of study. Actual fees charged may differ from what is published here. A full detailed listing of all fees is available in myCambrian and updated annually no later than May 1 for the following academic year. Students in Academic Upgrading are responsible for any fees listed on their invoice each term.

Tuition and ancillary fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books and supplies

Books and supplies may be required at the course level over and above what is estimated above. Please consult your professor/instructor for further information.

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Work-integrated learning (WIL)

Take your education beyond the classroom!

Cambrian programs blend academic learning, hands-on training, and community involvement opportunities to help you achieve your ultimate goal – your dream career. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios within and outside of the classroom through work-integrated learning. Whether it be a capstone project, co-op, practicum, preceptorship component, or placement, you’ll benefit from a practical, job-related experience before you graduate.

Field of Study

School of Emergency Services

The demanding emergency services field requires you to possess an exceptional blend of courage, compassion, quick thinking, and unwavering dedication. The paramedic and advanced care paramedic programs provide you with high quality training to excel as a future first responder while making a positive impact on the community. Not only will these programs sharpen your technical skills but also shape your distinct personality to meet the requirements of critical and in-demand emergency services careers.

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Career Outcomes

Employment opportunities

Graduates may find entry-level opportunities to launch their career with a fire service.

The curriculum is based on the requirements for the NFPA 1001 and NFPA 1072 standards as identified by the National Fire Protection Association. Graduates of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program are eligible to write the OFM Provincial Firefighter test, and upon successful completion of this test can apply for standing under NFPA 1001 as Firefighter Level I and II from the Proboard.

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Minimum technology requirements

Success in this program requires that you come equipped with some program-specific technology requirements.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD principle to both enrich the student learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure flexibility!

Ready to take the first step?

Start gaining the highest level of skills at Cambrian now – and you’ll be ready to take advantage of the many career opportunities waiting for you just around the corner. The future is yours!

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