NFPA 1001 – Professional Firefighter Qualifications


Professional Firefighter training in Saskatchewan

NOTE: For the 2021-22 academic year, domestic student applications will be accepted beginning November 1, 2020.

Are you looking for a hot career in municipal or industrial firefighting in Saskatchewan? Then Parkland College can offer the training to kick start this career. Our 14-week program provides a comprehensive blend of theory and practical skills required for entry-level career positions.

Program curriculum is provided in cooperation with Lakeland College – Emergency Training Centre. This training exceeds National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requirements including more practice runs and hands-on activities.

Theory taught in the classroom is reinforced through live field training activities in controlled environments. In addition to firefighter training, students will receive training in dangerous goods response and wildland fires.

Why Parkland College?

Our training meets or exceeds the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Professional Firefighter Qualifications.

Certifications are awarded under the authority of the Public Safety Division of Alberta Municipal Affairs. Graduates of the program will be awarded IFSAC and ProBoard Certifications in:

  • NFPA 1001 – Professional Firefighter Qualifications Level I & II
  • NFPA 1072 – Dangerous Goods – Awareness/Operations Levels
  • NFPA 1051 – Wildland Professional Firefighter Qualifications Level I
  • NFPA 1002 – Basic & Advanced Pumping

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age prior to the program start date.
  • Grade 12 with a minimum of 50% in: English A30 and English B30; Any grade 11 Science and one of Math Foundations 20, Workplace and Apprenticeship Math 20 or Pre-Calculus 20.
  • English language requirement.
  • Valid driver’s licence.
  • Medical suitability (assessment and questionnaire completed by a General Practitioner).
  • Non-refundable application fee: $150.00 (online only).

Important Notes:

  • You must exhibit physical strength and fitness consistent with the requirements of professional practice.
  • You will participate in training programs which may include swimming.


Tuition & Course Info

NFPA 1001 is widely endorsed as a necessary credential for new hires. If you are seeking a position as a career firefighter or want to gain knowledge and practice, this program can give you the competitive edge.

Location: Melville, SK
Dates: April 1 – June 21, 2021 (tentative)
Length: 14 weeks
Tuition: $9,725 (subject to change)
Materials: $400 (plus approximately $800 purchased by student for training)
Fees: $352

*Tuition costs and dates are subject to change up to 3 months prior to delivery.*


2021 Courses

The 14-week program includes a blend of theory and practical hands on training in the following areas:

Week 1 100: First Aid/Air Brakes
Week 2 200: NFPA 1051 Wildland
Week 3 300: Building Construction/Fire Behaviour
Week 4 400: Self Contained Breathing Apparatus/Rescue
Week 5 500: Hoses/Hose Lay/Water Systems
Week 6 600: Ladders/Vents/Hoisting/Forcible Entry/Sprinklers
Week 7 700: Driving NFPA – 1002/Pumping – (Pump A) Fire Apparatus – Driving & Maintenance
Week 8 800: Driving NFPA – 1002/Pumping – (Pump B) Fire Apparatus – Pumping Operations
Week 9 900: Structural Live Runs/Flammable Liquids & Foam/Level I written exam & practical evaluation
Week 10 1000: Industrial Liquids & Foam
Week 11 1100: Fire Alarms/Communication/NFPA 1072 Dangerous Goods Awareness/Public Education
Week 12 1200: Vehicle Extrication/Level II written exam & practical evaluation
Week 13 1300: NFPA 1072 Dangerous Goods Operations
Week 14 1400: Stars/PTSD/Resume Writing/Interviewing

Future Study Options

Future Study Options

Parkland College offers more options in this field that may supplement your skills and employability. These certificates and/or diplomas can add to your existing credentials and prepare you for the world of work. Qualified graduates may be able to apply some academic credits towards further study. For more information on training available in Saskatchewan please use the links below:

Career Opportunities

NFPA 1001 training provides the basic training required for many industrial safety positions, and the starting program for a full time firefighter career.

For full time positions, additional training will be required in the firefighting areas in addition to emergency medical training. Each full time municipal fire department has its own requirements to be considered for employment. Demand for this training at industrial sites is expected to expand as the province continues to grow.

Enhanced Training includes:

  • Class 3 Driving Experience
  • Air Brake Training
  • Resume Writing
  • Interview Skill Assessment
  • Additional hands-on/live burn training
  • School Presentations on Fire Awareness


Program Information

Donna Vranai

Coordinator, Post-Secondary

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Admissions Information

Anne Olafson

Senior Admissions Officer

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Last Updated: October 20, 2020