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Fire and Life Safety Systems Technician

The Fire and Life Safety 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.

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, M or U)
  • Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U)
  • Grade 11 biology or chemistry (C, M or U) (recommended)
  • Grade 11 Physics (C, M or U) (Recommended)
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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:$3,859$14,335

Please note: fees are based on the 2015-2016 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placements

Your learning experience will be complemented by a 100-hour field placement in your final semester to be completed on Thursdays and Fridays, commencing in early April. 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: Two-year
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Justice & Emergency Services (JES)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,768 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2016
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2016
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