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Fire Training - Certificate (2019/20)

Total Cost (tuition & fees)$14,324.48
Tuition: $14,012.08
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Additional Fees
Application Fee:30.00
Student Association Fee:52.90
Health and Dental Fee:229.50
Total Fees:$312.40

*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change.

Program Overview

The Fire Training Certificate program is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in Fire Fighting, Industrial Safety, and Medical First Responder positions. Through realistic case-based training, students develop the skills needed to meet the challenges and risks of these demanding occupations. Students may also pursue a multitude of employment opportunities, such as those in the oil and gas, forestry and mining industries. This 23-week, full-time program is partially on-site at the City of Kimberley Fire Hall, providing a unique and authentic training environment.

Program components provide students with the opportunity to earn recognition for a number of essential fire services certifications. Courses which adhere to the standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are accredited by the National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications (the Pro Board). Additional courses earn other, highly-relevant Fire Services industry certifications.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 graduation

Non Academic Requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • BC Class 5 driver's license or equivalent, valid at time of application
  •  Completion and submission of Fire Training Certificate Program package
  •  Meet a minimum physical fitness standard in areas of strength, endurance, and mobility – the testing criteria are determined by the College in consultation with COTR’s Fire Advisory Committee
  •  Complete a written aptitude exam
  •  Complete a comprehensive interview

Special Needs

A high level of physical ability is required to work in a Fire Fighting or Medical First Responder position (see Program Pre-requisites for more information). Any student who feels that s/he may need accommodation for other types of disability (e.g. learning disabilities) is encouraged to contact Student Services.

Program Design

This program includes 3 kinds of courses:

NFPA based courses: The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) is the primary source of consensus codes and standards for the Fire Service in North America. The Pro Board is an internationally-recognized organization for accrediting NFPA standards. Successful completion of NFPA-based courses at COTR merits accreditation by the Pro Board and COTR academic credit.

Other Fire Services-related Courses: These courses, though not Pro Board accredited, are recognized with other COTR and/or industry-standard certifications. 

Continuing Education courses: These courses add considerable value to the Firefighter’s resume and knowledge base. Although most of these courses result in industry-recognized certification, they do not earn COTR academic credit.

Transfer Information

Many of our programs and courses will allow you to transfer to other colleges and universities in Canada. You can also apply to get transfer credits from past courses that will go towards completing your program here at College of the Rockies.

Learn how to transfer your courses to College of the Rockies

Transfer Opportunities

If you would like to continue your studies our courses transfer to a wide number of Canadian colleges and universities. If you are transferring to a BC college or university visit the BC Transfer website to see if our courses transfer to that institution.

Course Outline for: Fire Training - Certificate


You will be required to take these fire skill competencies courses:

  • PVIN 131 Airbrakes
  • PVNR 170 S100 Basic Fire Suppression & Safety
  • PVNR 174 S185 Fire Entrapment Avoidance & Safety
  • PVSS 107 SPP-WFF 1 Wildland Firefighter 1
  • PVHE 701 Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
  • PVHE 700 Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS)
  • PVNR 125 Basic Chainsaw Operations and Safety
  • PVHE 300 Occupational First Aid Level 3
  • PVHE 315 Emergency Medical Responder


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