This three-term certificate program provides the successful graduate with knowledge and skills in basic fire science, fire suppression, principles and practices, emergency medical responder, fire prevention/public education, and specialty modules such as confined space and environmental hazards. Skills practice and testing in simulated and controlled live fire training scenarios will be conducted in accordance with current standards indicated in NFPA 1001 Firefighter 1 & 2, NFPA 472 awareness and operations and NFPA 1006 core rescue.

Curriculum is based on the NFPA standards and includes additional components specifically oriented to gaining employment in fire service.

Students train at Lambton College's Fire & Public Safety Centre of Excellence - the largest live-fueled training centre in Canada. The Centre boasts a working fire hall, current apparatus and equipment, live fire burn tower, search and rescue facilities, industrial and hazardous materials props to develop and maintain skills in fire suppression, fire protection and hazardous materials response.

Graduates of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education & Training program are eligible to write the OFM Provincial Firefighter Test to obtain their NFPA 1001 Level I and II; NFPA 472 core operations and NFPA 1006 core rescue.

The Fire & Public Safety Centre of Excellence is located 9 km from the main campus. Students are responsible for arranging transportation to the centre and are encouraged to car pool.

Students entering this program are entering a Mobile Learning - Class+ Experience program. The Class+ Experience is exclusive to Lambton College, where technology inspires learning. Mobile devices allow students to experience learning both inside and outside the classroom, integrating educational apps and tools into class activities. See device requirements.


This is a Textbooks for All program. To learn more about Lambton College's Textbooks for All initiative, visit our Mobile Learning section.

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent, with:
Grade 12 English C or U
Grade 11 or 12 Mathematics C or U

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant assessment for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subjects of English and Math. The assessment(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects. For all other admission requirements applicants must complete the required course(s) as listed above. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext. 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Employment Opportunities

Typical opportunities that are available to graduates of this certificate program include positions in municipal fire departments, in the fields of fire suppression and fire prevention.