Fire & Public Safety

NFPA 1001 Firefighter Training Program

Successful completion of this program qualifies you for ProBoard and IFSAC certification and is designed to give you all the skills and knowledge needed to become a firefighter and integral member of any department.

You will learn essential skills needed to suppress fires, save lives, and protect property and the environment, as well as vehicle extrication techniques and how to react to situations involving hazardous materials or weapons of mass destruction.

Fire & Public Safety

Make a difference

First responders are an integral part of any community. Working together, they ensure the safety of the public and are there for them when seconds count.

Learn how to respond quickly and efficiently to emergency events in your community as a firefighter, while keeping yourself safe on the front lines. You will obtain a large skillset, learning everything from proper personal protective equipment and ropes and knots, to structural firefighting, hazardous materials operations, and vehicle extrication methods.

Your lifelong learning as a firefighter begins here!

The Fire Rescue and Safety Training programs offered by NorQuest College have been reviewed and at this time all open enrolment offerings in these programs have been suspended. NorQuest College will continue to offer custom training for clients looking to contract training for their fire and rescue operations. If you have any further questions, please contact

Program details

This course is provided in a blended delivery model; components include online theory as well as live theory review and hands-on practical skill training.

Courses included

  • NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level I—Theory (XBUS8001) and Practical Skills (XBUS8002)
  • NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level II—Theory (XBUS8003) and Practical Skills (XBUS8004)
  • NFPA 1072 Hazardous Materials Awareness—Theory (XBUS8005) 
  • NFPA 1072 Hazardous Materials Operations—Theory (XBUS8006) and Practical Skills (XBUS8007)

Program duration

Online theory—26 weeks from time of registration to complete (approximately 300 – 350 hours of learning)
Practical skills training—four weeks (160 hours)



NorQuest College’s first priority is to keep you and our community healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. With  news from the provincial government, this is what you need to know:

  • All in-person classes are cancelled until further notice. 
  • In instances where online or alternative instruction is not feasible (such as fire rescue), due to requirements for specialized facilities, equipment, or hands-on learning, NorQuest will be exploring opportunities to defer training to a later date.  
  • The college will remain open and staff will be available to answer your questions; however, all in-person classes are cancelled.

For the latest information on NorQuest’s response to COVID-19, check your NorQuest email and visit this page regularly.



$6,999.00 + GST


  • IFSTA, Essentials of Firefighting and Fire Department Operations, 6th Edition
  • Emergency Response Guidebook, 2016 Edition
* The new Awareness and Operations courses are now using the IFSTA, Essentials of Firefighting and Fire Department Operations, 7th Edition.  

Textbooks can be purchased through the Alberta Fire Chief’s Association Bookstore prior to program start date.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) and bunker gear

PPE and bunker gear is needed for the NFPA 1001 Fire Training Program’s practical skills component. You can rent the equipment, and you will be notified of any additional fees needed for specialized equipment.

NFPA 1001—Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications (High School Custom Program)

This course is provided in a blended delivery model; components include online theory as well as live theory review and hands-on practical skill training. The high school program hours are extended to allow for additional theory review and practical skills training. Practical skills training can be completed in local communities and prices may vary based on local approved training site costs. The tuition for this program ranges between $10,000 – $15,000.

If you are interested in offering this program in your community, contact Bronwyn Taylor, Business Development Officer for Fire & Public Safety for more information.

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Custom training

We focus on the partnership. We want to support our client's success and prosperity. Whether we use our existing continuing education courses and build on that, or if we start from scratch, we will work with you to deliver results. We customize curriculum based on your business or organizational needs. Talk to us today.

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Save on the cost of training

Whether you are an individual or an organization looking for training for your staff, the Canada-Alberta Job Grant can help save on the costs. Many of our continuing education and custom training programs qualify for the grant. What does that mean? With the grant, you can save two-thirds of the costs.

For details on which courses and programs qualify, talk to one of our program officers.

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Fire & Safety Contact Information

Contact us for more information on Fire & Safety training.

Main Office:
10230 108 Street NW
Room C100
Edmonton, AB Canada T5J 1L6

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