NFPA 1001 – Professional Firefighter Qualifications


Professional Firefighter training in Saskatchewan

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 13-week program provides a comprehensive blend of theory and practical skills required for entry-level career positions.

Our program curriculum, provided in cooperation with Lakeland College – Emergency Training Centre, 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.

If the flexibility of part-time courses is more what you are looking for – NFPA 1001 individual courses are also available on a part-time basis in Saskatchewan.

Why Parkland College?

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

Graduates of the program will be awarded IFSAC and ProBoard Certifications in:

  • NFPA 1001 – Professional Firefighter Qualifications Level I & II
  • NFPA 472 – Dangerous Goods – Awareness/Operations Levels
  • NFPA 1051 – Wildland Professional Firefighter Qualifications Level I

Student Experience Video

Want to see what the fire program is really like at Parkland College? Check out our Student Experience Video produced by a 2011 grad.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or GED 12.  There are options for special admission.
  • English language requirement
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Medical suitability (assessment and questionnaire completed by a General Practitioner)

Important Notes:

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


Tuition & Location

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, Saskatchewan
Dates: August 4, 2015 – October 30, 2015
Length: 13 weeks
Tuition: Approx. $9,850.00
Materials and Air Brake training: $750.00

“Tuition costs are estimates and subject to change up to 3 months prior to delivery.”



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

Week of August 4 100: First Aid/Portable Fire Extinguishers
Week of August 10 200: Building Construction
Week of August 17 300: Basic Fireground Operations
Week of August 24 400: Fireground Water Supplies
Week of September 1 500: On Scene Support Operations
Week of September 8 600: Pumping Operations
Week of September 14 700: Structural Firefighting
Week of September 21 800: Hazardous Material Fires
Week of September 28 900: NFPA 472 – Dangerous Goods Awareness
Week of October 5 1000: Pre and Post Incident Operations Fire Alarms/Communication/Public Education
Week of October 13 1100: Vehicle Extrication
Week of October 19 1200: NFPA 472 – Dangerous Goods Operations
Week of October 26 NFPA 1051 – Wildland
Week of November 2 Resume Writing/Interview Skill Assessment/Air Brake training

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
  • Swimming lessons
  • School Presentations on Fire Awareness

For more information please contact:

Larry Pearen
Coordinator, Post-Secondary
Direct: 1.306.786.2582
Toll Free: 1.866.783.6766

Last Updated: November 24, 2014