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Fire Executive Management

BCIT/Industry Partnership Certificate Part-time/Distance & Online Learning School of Business + Media


The Industry Partnership Certificate in Fire Executive Management is an industry-led initiative that will provide you with the business administration and management skills necessary to step into leadership and administration roles in BC’s Fire Departments.

This program is designed to complement the technical training you already have acquired through your work experience as a firefighter. If you are working as a fire fighter or officer, can distinguish yourself by acquiring critical thinking, analytical, and people skills required for leadership positions in the fire service.

Fall 2021 delivery mode: in person

  • This program will be delivered in person for the fall semester.
  • We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the procedures that have been implemented.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

About the program

  • Average 2-5 years to complete, part-time
  • 8 core courses with 23 elective credits
  • Optional practicum component
  • Courses available online and on two campuses

To see more about how the Fire Executive Management Industry Certificate prepares you to further your career, see the Program Details page.

Who should complete the Fire Executive Management Industry Certificate?

This program is specially targeted to help mature students advance their education. If you have experience in a fire department and are looking to learn more leadership and management skills, visit our Entrance Requirements page to apply today.

What grads can do

You’ll study with experienced professionals to get the real-world skills you need to become a successful leader in your fire department. Not only will you train on core business and management topics, but you’ll also choose from a variety of electives to best suit the particular needs for you and your department.

This unique training prepares you for leadership and administration positions within the fire and first-responder fields. Additionally, qualified graduates can then apply to continue their studies with BCIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program for broader training.

To learn more about opportunities through this program, visit the Graduating and Jobs page.

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies


Important Updates to Part-time Studies

1) Need to waitlist for a School of Business + Media course? Find out more.
2) English Requirement: Find out more.

Your courses in the Fire Executive Management Certificate Program give you the essential business and leadership skills for administering a fire department. With eight required core courses like Employment Law, Management Policy, and Labour Relations, you will focus on the practical knowledge of management. Choose from classes like Media Relations, Negotiation Skills, and Leadership to fulfill twenty-three credits in electives that suit your unique goals. You also have the option of completing a practicum to gain real hands-on experience with an administrative project.

Those who have completed Fire Officer training should refer to the Entrance Requirements page to learn about transfer credits.

Please note: part-time programs and courses are open enrolment and although we make every effort to accommodate demand, course registration cannot be guaranteed in every semester. High-demand courses fill quickly and may result in students unable to register for a course that semester. Courses may also be cancelled due to low enrolment.

Program Details

In BCIT’s Fire Executive Management Certificate, you’ll engage in real-world experience that you can use in your fire department and advance your career. Your hands-on training with experienced professionals gives you a competitive advantage over others competing for administration positions.

This program partners with local fire departments to provide specific and individual educational plans. Some of the partnering departments include:

  • Burnaby Fire Department
  • City of North Vancouver Fire Department
  • Coquitlam Fire and Rescue
  • Delta Fire and Emergency Services
  • District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services
  • New Westminster Fire and Rescue Services
  • Pitt Meadows Fire and Rescue Services
  • Port Coquitlam Fire and Emergency Services
  • Surrey Fire Services
  • Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services
  • Victoria Fire Department
  • White Rock Fire Rescue

BCIT welcomes students and departments who are not listed in the departments above. Departments interested in creating a customized career development plan can email us or visit the First Responder Career Development Program for more information.

Graduating & Jobs

From the very beginning of the program, you are considered individually by program managers to give you a level of support in completing a credential that’s the best fit for your needs and experience. Through BCIT’s Fire Executive Management Certificate Program, you’ll gain invaluable experience and knowledge to give you a competitive edge and provide you with the business and leadership skills essential for administrative roles in the fire department.

Some opportunities for grads include:

  • Fire Chief
  • Deputy Fire Chief
  • Assistant Fire Chief
  • Other leadership or management positions with the first responder field

Qualified graduates of the program may also apply for acceptance into BCIT’s Executive Pathway for the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program. The Fire Executive Management program ladders into the BBA program, which you can complete full-time or part-time.

Contact Us

Maribel Pabico
Program Lead
604-412-7737 |

Sonia Dhaliwal
Program Head
604-456-8018 |

First Responder Career Development Program

Contact a Part-time Studies Program Advisor with the BCIT program name in the subject line if you have a question about:

  • Course selection and program planning
  • Declaring your program
  • Making changes to your approved program plan
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Laddering options
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

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