140.00 Hours Required

The Certificate in Advanced Fire Service Administration is offered fully online. Courses are a combination of self-study as well as live online sessions. All courses can be taken individually. Successful completion of 140 hours of coursework is required to be awarded the certificate.  

This certificate will help fire service officers further develop their administrative and managerial skills, while allowing the flexibility to choose courses that will relevant to their own departments.

Who Should Take This Certificate?

  • Graduates of the Certificate in General Fire Service Administration

How Will You Benefit?

The Certificate in Advanced Fire Service Administration can help:

  • provide participants with skills that enable them to be better managers and leaders within their fire departments.
  • instill a breadth and depth of knowledge that will enable participants to better manage their fire departments.

Certificate Requirements

The certificate consists of two (2) required courses and a choice of electives. The required courses are: 

  • OLCD-FIRE0036 Incident Command: Thinking and Acting (36 hours)
  • OLCD-PALS0031 Organizational Behaviour (36 hours)

Participants can choose electives from the options below to total at least 68 hours. Note that the courses vary in length. You will need to take different numbers of courses depending on the lengths of the courses you choose:

  • OLCD-FIRE0010 Disaster Management and the Fire Department (36 hours)
  • OLCD-FIRE0033 Wildfire and Climate Change Adaptation Management (18 hours)
  • OLCD-LGOV0015 Municipal Law (36 hours)
  • OLCD-ADED0039 Indigenous Teaching and Learning Perspectives (12 hours)
  • OLCD-IDEA0001 Understanding EDI: An Organization Imperative (20 hours)
  • OLCD-PALS0012 Leadership Dynamics (36 hours)
  • OLCD-PALS0033 Introduction to Occupational Stress and Resilience for First Responder Leaders (18 hours)

Please note: The prerequisite for the Certificate in Advanced Fire Service Administration is the Certificate in General Fire Service Administration.

Fees and Schedule

See each course for the applicable tuition fee. Each course is offered at least once a year. 

For assistance or more information, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.

Recognition of Prior Learning

It may be possible to receive advanced standing in this certificate based on your prior learning from work or life experience. We provide two types of recognition of prior learning:

  • Prior Certified Learning: Assessment of prior coursework or training through a provider, that is neither a university or college, for the purpose of advanced standing. Examples of certified learning may include military courses, accredited certificates, workplace training programs, etc.
  • Prior Experiential Learning: Assessment of previous work and life learning that may be equivalent to learning outcomes of university courses / programs, for the purpose of advanced standing. Relevant prior learning may come from work or volunteer experience, participation on committees or boards, independent study, etc.

To discuss how to use your prior learning to apply for advanced standing, please contact rpl@dal.ca.

Additional Details


Minimum Required

72 Hour(s)

Minimum Required

68 Hour(s)

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