9 Courses Required 324.00 Hours Required

The Certificate in Fire Services Administration: Advanced Leadership is offered fully online. The program will focus on identifying the characteristics of effective and ineffective leaders, applying leadership theory and strategy to a professional context, and understanding cultural approaches to conflict in diverse settings. 

Who Should Take This Certificate? 

Any of the following individuals who have completed the Certificate in Fire Service Leadership

  • Fire service officers
  • Managers and aspiring managers
  • Employees interested in influencing organizational outcomes 

How Will You Benefit? 

The Certificate in Fire Service Administration: Advanced Leadership can help you to:

  • Understand coaching in the public sector 
  • Learn how to build strong, high-performing teams
  • Definine your vision and ethics when leading others

Certificate Requirements 

The certificate consists of nine (9) courses over 324 hours. The six required courses (216 hours) are:

  • OLCD-FIRE0022 Program Evaluation and Statistics
  • OLCD-FIRE0019 Municipal Finance
  • OLCD-FIRE0012 Fire Department Human Resource Management I
  • OLCD-LGOV0015 Municipal Law (formerly OLCD-FIRE0015 Fire Service Law)
  • OLCD-FIRE0016 Fire Service Strategic Planning
  • and either OLCD-FIRE0018 Fire Suppression Management or OLCD-FIRE0014 Fire Prevention Management

You can select three electives (108 hours) from the options below:

  • OLCD-PALS0012 Leadership Dynamics
  • OLCD-PALS0032 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • OLCD-PALS0030 Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
  • OLCD-PALS0010 Coaching Skills for Leaders

The courses can be completed in any order. Courses count toward one certificate only.

Fees and Schedule 

See each course for the applicable tuition fee. Courses start in September, January and April. Each course is offered at least once a year. All courses are 12 weeks long and require a minimum of 36 hours of learning engagement each.

Note: No deferral of the non-refundable deposit or program fees is allowed. Text and materials related to courses may constitute an additional cost.

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

Do you have prior learning or experience relevant to this certificate?

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

216 Hour(s)

Minimum Required

108 Hour(s)

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