Job requirements Firefighter in Canada

Find out what you typically need to work as a firefighter in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Firefighters (NOC 4312).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a college program in fire protection technology, fire science or a related field may be required.
  • Firefighting and emergency medical care training courses are provided and vary in length depending on the requirements of different fire departments or services.
  • An apprenticeship training program for firefighters and voluntary trade certification is available in New Brunswick.
  • Experience as a volunteer firefighter may be an advantage.
  • Physical agility, strength, fitness and vision requirements must be met.
  • Several years of experience are required for senior firefighters, such as lieutenants and captains.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional certification and licensing

We don’t have any data on professional certification requirements. This occupation is not regulated in Canada based on our records.

Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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