306.00 Hours Required

The Certificate in Fire Services Administration: Strategic Planning is offered fully online. This advanced certificate will focus on big picture planning and issues management in a fire department context. Content includes a review of strategic planning models, identifying strengths and weakness of the internal environment, and creating applicable strategies for organizational success. 

What Will You Learn?

  • Stakeholder management in creating and implementing strategic plans
  • Accountability and change management in public sector emergency services
  • Public relations and crisis management for leaders

Who Should Take This Certificate?

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

  • Fire service officers
  • Fire service personnel 
  • Administrative coordinators and managers in emergency services 

Certificate Requirements 

The certificate consists of 9 courses over 306 learning hours:

  • 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 
  • OLCD-LGOV0014 Local Government (formerly OLCD-FIRE0020 Municipal Government and Service Delivery) 
  • OLCD-FIRE0010 Disaster Management and the Fire Department 
  • OLCD-PALS0032 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 
  • either OLCD-FIRE0018 Fire Suppression Management or OLCD-FIRE0014 Fire Prevention Management 

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. 

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

306 Hour(s)

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