The Ontario Certificate program provides students with the knowledge and skills in scientific principles of Education and Fire Prevention in the Community, Fire Behaviour, Fire Ground Operations, Firefighter Emergency Patient Care, Environmental Protection and Rescue Operations as well as Introduction to the Fire Service. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to undertake provincial testing to meet the requirements of the Office of the Fire Marshal for certification as a firefighter under the NFPA 1001 and NFPA 1072 Standards.
- The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) recognizes graduates of the Pre-Service Firefighter program as candidates for employment in the CAF.
- St. Clair College works with 8 Municipal Fire Service Partners.
- Local Live Fire Training Centre.
- All faculty and support staff are current (or retired) Firefighters.
Successful graduates may find employment opportunities in a variety of areas such as Professional Firefighting, Fire Inspection, Fire Prevention and Public Education, Private Fire Service, Ministry of Natural Resources or Volunteer Firefighter.
OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level, plus:
- Grade 12 English (ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4C, or EAE4U)
- Grade 12 Mathematics (MCT4C, MAP4C, MHF4U, or MCV4U)
Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.
Students will require the following prior to the Pre-Graduate Experience. Students may choose to complete these requirements prior to the start of the program.
- Ability to meet a bona fide job physical fitness test
- No conviction for a criminal offence for which a pardon has not been granted
- Ability to communicate in English, both written and verbal
- There will be an orientation session for all students prior to the start of the program
The curriculum below is for incoming students:
Semester 1 (15 Weels)
Semester 2 (15 Weeks)
Program Physical Demands Analysis
Program Vocational Learning Outcomes
Pre-service firefighter education and training (Ontario College Certificate) (MTCU Code 43006)
The successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:
- Demonstrate the culminating role performances in the following areas: fire suppression, community education and fire prevention, firefighter emergency patient care, environmental protection, and special rescue operations
- Identify and use the personal and professional development resources/activities that promote growth and contribute to lifelong learning.
- Meet the ethical, legal, and safety requirements of professionals in the fire service.
- Use safe practices and techniques with fire department apparatus, tools and equipment.
- Communicate effectively using verbal, non-verbal, written, or electronic methods including recognized and appropriate fire service terminology.
- Interact with others in a variety of emergency and non-emergency situations in a manner that demonstrates confidence, professionalism, and sensitivity to others and to the situation.
- Demonstrate respect when communicating effectively with diverse communities and their members.
- Use effective and appropriate problem-solving and decision-making skills in emergency and non-emergency situations.
- Work effectively with other members of the fire service team, pre-hospital emergency care providers, and other emergency service related groups to provide comprehensive service in emergency and non-emergency situations.