Holland College | Professional Firefighter

Professional Firefighter

Start Date: September
Length: 22 weeks
Location: Atlantic Police Academy, Milton, Summerside & PEI Firefighter Training Centre
Credential: Holland College Certificate, Professional Firefighter
  • Minimum Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level

  • Age 18 by program start date

  • Valid Class 5 (cars and light trucks) driver’s license (students holding restricted or graduated licenses must abide by the conditions of the license). International students require a valid and current international driver’s license.

  • Completion of Immunization Verification Form (this is a PDF and will open in a new window) (required after acceptance)

  • Completion of Vision Examination Form (this is a PDF and will open in a new window)

  • Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Sector) with no findings of guilt. Find out more about Criminal Record Checks.

  • Physical fitness test set out by the program standard conducted at the Atlantic Police Academy prior to program start date.

  • Completion of Basic Firefighting Medical Examination. (This is a PDF and will open in a new window) Prior to visiting your physician please review this form and if there is any medical condition that you have, or suspect you may have, that is identified on the form as requiring a more detailed medical evaluation, please print the required form and take it with you on your visit to your doctor. If the doctor discovers a medical condition requiring further details, you will need to have them complete the appropriate detailed evaluation form.

  • Resumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program

Due to the strenuous training demands, the student must be in excellent physical condition as determined by a thorough medical exam and be able to participate in extremely strenuous physical activity in hostile environments without restrictions.

NOTE: If your first language is not English please review our English Language Requirements page.

Fees for the academic year 2021/2022. Please note: Tuition and Fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

International Student Fees are due on the first day of class.

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year
Tuition $ 11,456
Student Union $ 168
Health Insurance Fee $ 420
Books $ 665
Lab Fee $ 200
Uniform $ 2,075
Body Armour (Lease) $ 1,160
Dry Cleaning $ 195
CPKN Courses $ 25
Graduation Fee $ 100
Accommodations/meals $ 4,187
Total $ 20,651
1stinstallment due August 31 $ 15,989
2ndinstallment due November 16 $ 4,662

Additional requirements/expenses

1 pair black polishable shoes – Military or Police Style

2 long sleeve plain white dress shirts suitable to wear a black tie. (no button down collars)

1 pair of black dress pants

1 pair quality running shoes

3 pairs black socks

1 black tie – plain, single color/no patterns (clip on preferred)

Towels and personal toiletry articles varies

Graduates can work internationally as professional, full-time firefighters and industrial firefighters.

Program Overview

Firefighting is not just a job, it’s a lifestyle.

In the Professional Firefighter program, you will learn the fundamental firefighting skills needed to keep yourself, your colleagues, and the public safe in critical situations. Training at an off-campus site offers you firefighting experience in a controlled environment. You will learn about fire behaviour, motor vehicle extraction, medical first response, and communication in these training simulations.

Field training familiarizes students with equipment, including trucks, pumps, respirators, and hydraulic rescue tools such as Jaws of Life, to deal with fires, automotive accidents and public safety incidents.

You will participate in eight weeks of on-the-job training in a career or a composite (career and volunteer firefighters) department of your choosing, with certain restrictions.

Students are required to live in residence for the duration of their training, except when they are in on-the-job training.

The Professional Firefighter program was established in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association Standard (NFPA1001) for fire service professional qualifications. This program obtains its accreditation in accordance with the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) guidelines. The Professional Firefighter program is accredited by the Canadian Forces College Opportunities Program through the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC). The program has an established partnership with the Prince EdwardIsland Firefighters Association.

View a detailed list of courses for this program.

Read about Professional Firefighter graduate Kelsey Axworthy in this blog post.


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