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Fire and Life Safety Systems Technician

The Fire and Life Safety Systems Technician program is designed to prepare you for career opportunities in the fire industry by providing a curriculum that directly aligns with current employer demands – giving you an edge when it is time to enter the workforce. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the various fire suppression systems, fire alarms, life safety plans and skill requirements vital for immediate success.

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Program Description

This program is designed for individuals who enjoy challenging projects, which require the knowledge, practical skills and accepted practices used in the fire alarm and life safety systems industries. Completion of this two-year diploma program will prepare you for immediate service in both expanding sectors.

Students will have two options to gain valuable skills in the workforce and will either complete a field placement or a co-operative education (co-op) experience. Students completing the field placement will participate in a 100 hour, unpaid work placement completed 2 days per week during semester 4. Students who qualify for the co-op experience will complete a four-month paid work experience in between first and second year of their program.

Program highlights:

  • A strong understanding of the building control systems, fire codes and standards used at the municipal, provincial and national levels
  • Close to 100 hours of placement experience with employers in the final semester, allowing for work on several different projects and the gaining of essential, hands-on skills
  • Critical thinking skills for the design of fire alarm and life safety systems equipment (e.g. sprinklers, suppression systems, elevators, strobe lights, building automation systems, etc.) using current codes, standards, regulations and laws
  • Testing, verifying, troubleshooting and maintenance of fire alarm and life safety systems including extensive laboratory experience in second year to gain relevant practical knowledge

As a graduate, you will be eligible to work toward certification by the Canadian Fire Alarm Association following one year of employment. Please visit, for full details related to this professional certification.

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U)
  • Grade 11 biology or Grade 12 chemistry (C, M or U) (recommended)
  • Grade 12 Physics (C, M or U) (Recommended)
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Co-operative education option (Co-op)

The co-op option adds value to your education by providing an opportunity to combine classroom learning and real-world experience. This option provides students with paid work-term alternating with academic terms.

Students interested in pursuing the co-op option will have the opportunity to apply during the first semester. Co-op program standards selection into the FLST co-op is competitive and will be determined by first semester grades, resume, and interview. Once students have been admitted into the co-op option there is an additional fee that must be paid to the college.

Co-op students have a shared responsibility for securing employment. Students are responsible for their own transportation and associated costs in order to complete work term requirements and work locations may not always be readily accessible by public transportation.

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Career Options


  • Alarm or alarm systems specialist
  • Alarm systems technician
  • Code consultant
  • Fire alarm designer
  • Fire alarm electronics technician
  • Fire alarm systems servicer
  • Fire equipment sales
  • Fire inspector
  • Fire investigator
  • Fire prevention officer
  • Fire protection systems consultant
  • Fire protection technician
  • Fire protectionist
  • Preventive maintenance technician
  • Project manager
  • Sprinkler designer


  • Alarm systems sales and marketing • Code consulting companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Engineering firms
  • Fire departments
  • Fire prevention services
  • Fire protection companies
  • Provincial or municipal governments
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$0$0
Total Fees:$3,991$14,163

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placement

Your learning experience will be complemented by a 100- hour field placement in your final semester to be completed on Thursdays and Fridays. This will provide the opportunity to integrate theory with practice under the supervision of an industry professional.

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Centre for Integrated Justice Studies

The Centre for Integrated Justice Studies (CIJS) is a training function of the School of Justice & Emergency Services. CIJS offers unique seminars and workshops to give DC/UOIT students and the public a competitive edge in preparing them for job searching and interviews. For more information please visit the CIJS website.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.


Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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  • code: FLST
  • Program length: Four semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Justice & Emergency Services (JES)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
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