NFPA 1001 Level I-II Firefighter Training Program – Blended

New to firefighting? Let FESTI help you rise further. This one-of-a-kind program offers an exciting learning opportunity that’s flexible to your schedule, so you can build a rewarding new career without disrupting your life. Get top-quality resources online before heading into practical, in-class training, where you’ll learn from the best.

Program Details:

This program consists of the same academic excellence and rigour as our NFPA 1001 Level I-II In-House Program; however, your theoretical learning experiences are self-paced over a four-month period. After the completion of the online theory, you will come onsite to FESTI and complete 20-days of intensive practical skills training.

The online course is delivered through our Learning Management System and is made up of 3 courses, which include:

  • Reading materials
  • Videos
  • Individual assignments
  • Lesson quizzes
  • Mid-term exam
  • Final exam

The practical component is delivered on-site within our sophisticated training facility and fire ground, where you learn by doing over a four-week period.  You’ll work with the same professional fire instructors who train our own firefighters. As well, we have an extensive, associate instructor program, comprised of over 80 professional firefighters, officers and subject-matter experts with you day in and day out to make sure you are safe and effective.

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Requirements & Qualifications:

Minimum program application requirements:

  1. 18+ years of age
  2. Official Government Photo ID
  3. Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR pass a qualifying Canadian Adult Achievement Test
  4. Completed Medical Form
  5. Standard First Aid with Level C CPR, issued by a recognized provider (must be valid for the entire duration of the course)

Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.

Special Considerations:

Entering the vocation of firefighting is a very competitive process and different departments and municipalities have different entry requirements.  FESTI recommends that you familiarize yourself with the entry-to-practice requirements for any department or private organization you apply to.

To be eligible for consideration for employment in a fire department within the Ontario fire service, the following may be required:

  1. Possess visual acuity uncorrected to 20/30 in each eye without corrective lenses
  2. Have a normal colour vision – passes Ishihara Test acceptable – passes Farnsworth D-15
  3. Have depth perception and peripheral vision that is safe for firefighting
  4. Have prescribed normal unaided hearing – hearing thresholds no greater than 30 decibels in each ear at 500 Hz, 1000 Hz and 2000 Hz, and no significant loss in higher frequencies 
  5. Meet medical standards free of Acrophobia and Claustrophobia

Although a class DZ Ontario driver’s license is not required for the program, it is required for employment with an Ontario Fire Service. Contact the Ontario Ministry of Transport for further information on obtaining the license.

While FESTI does not require medical screening or assessment for applicants to our programs, we do recommend you review these requirements and consult a physician for eligibility.  Furthermore, due to the strenuous physical demands of the firefighter, it is strongly recommended that applicants acquire and maintain an advanced level of physical fitness including cardiovascular and upper body strength prior to the start of the program

Program Includes:

  • NFPA 1001 – FFI and FFII Course
  • NFPA 1072 – Awareness and Operations Course
  • FESTI Uniform
  • Course Materials
  • Personal Protective Equipment (Yours to Keep)
    • Helmet
    • Flash hood
    • Firefighting Gloves
    • Rope Rescue Gloves
    • Firefighting Boots
    • Gear bag
  • Firefighter Protective Clothing: Bunker Gear Pants and Coat – Rental
  • Ontario Fire Marshall (OFM) exam fees
    • NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level I
    • NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level II
    • NFPA 1072 Hazardous Materials Awareness
    • NFPA 1072 Hazardous Materials Operations
  • Mandatory orientation day

What’s NOT included:

  • Meals
  • Accommodations – there are no onsite room/board facilities at FESTI
  • You will be required to purchase your own Black CSA-approved safety boots to be worn onsite at FESTI.

Graduation Requirements:

  • To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 70% average and complete all required practical skill signoffs.

Your Achievements

After successful completion of the program, you’ll have the basic knowledge and practical skills that make you firefighting ready, and you’ll have a full understanding of the discipline required, as well as the kind of dedication and professionalism that fire chiefs and fire officers look for in a recruit firefighter.

During the final week of the program, you’ll take the Office of the Fire Marshal’s (OFM) Provincial exam and practical skills assessment which is proctored at FESTI. Upon successful completion, you’ll receive IFSAC Seals and an application for Pro Board Seals in recognition of your having achieved the:

  • NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level I
  • NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level II
  • NFPA 1072 Hazardous Materials Awareness
  • NFPA 1072 Hazardous Materials Operations

Additionally, you receive Internationally recognized Accreditation from the Institution of Fire Engineers.

Program Costs

Non-refundable application fee:  $150

TOTAL PROGRAM COST: $8,284.37 which includes HST, certification exam fees, firefighting gear, structural firefighters protective clothing rental, uniform and course materials

**You will be required to purchase your own Black CSA-approved safety boots – approx. cost $100-$150

Scheduled Dates

Note: For returning applicants who want to check the status of their application please log in to your FESTI account to check the status of your vocation application. It is the fastest way to confirm your application status instead of calling in your status application questions.

Our plan for the training year 2022 as far as the Blended program is as follows:

Course SerialOnline Phase Start DateIn-house Training Start DateEnd DateSeat Capacity
22-01October 28, 2021February 28, 2022March 25, 2022[ sold out ]
22-02November 18, 2021March 18, 2022April 14, 2022[ sold out ]
22-03December 9, 2021April 11, 2022May 10, 2022[ sold out ]
22-04January 6, 2022May 10, 2022June 7, 2022[ sold out ]
22-05February 3, 2022June 3, 2022June 30, 2022 [ sold out ]
22-06March 3, 2022July 4, 2022July 29, 2022[ sold out ]
22-07April 7, 2022August 8, 2022September 2, 2022 [ sold out ]
22-08April 21, 2022August 19, 2022September 16, 2022 [ sold out ]
22-09May 12, 2022September 12, 2022October 7, 2022 [ sold out ]
22-10June 2, 2022October 4, 2022November 1, 2022[ sold out ]
22-11June 23, 2022October 28, 2022November 25, 2022 [ sold out ]
22-12 July 21, 2022November 21, 2022December 16, 2022 [ sold out ]

Training Year 2022 – 2023


We are currently taking wait-list applications only.

Our 2023 Blended training schedule will be published here before August 30th 2022

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