Wildfire Crew Member Training

Prepare for employment as a wildland firefighter. You will develop essential theory and practical skills in wildfire preparedness and operations, along with BC Forest Service certifications in fire suppression and entrapment avoidance. As a graduate, you will have the skills, knowledge and certifications required for entry-level employment as a wildland fire crew member in BC and Alberta.

This training is free for qualified applicants. Funding eligibility is reviewed as part of the application process.

Please complete this funding eligibility form when you apply.

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Starts: Winter (February)
Location: Campbell River
Length: Four weeks
Delivery: Blended (online and in-person)

It’s a good job for people who enjoy the adrenaline rush, for those who like to travel and who enjoy working as part of a team. It’s the kind of work that if you like it, you’ll love it.

Henry Grierson, wildfire crew training instructor

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Wildfire Crew Member Training Program

  • CJR-010 Career Planning and Job Readiness
  • FAC-021 Red Cross Standard First Aid with CPR Level C
  • FOR-012 Basic S100 Fire Suppression & Safety
  • MVO-069 Transportation of Dangerous Goods - Comprehensive
  • WSF 019 Orientation to WHMIS Online
  • OFA-015 Occupational First Aid Transportation Endorsement
  • ROC-010 Restricted Operator Certificate - Aeronautical (ROC-A)
  • WFO-013 Power Saw Operator
  • WFO-015 Wildfire Entrapment Avoidance
  • WFO-016 Fire Communications
  • WFO-018 Helicopter Orientation and Safety
  • WFO-019 Intro to Incident Command System
  • WFO-020 Wildlife Awareness
  • WFO-027 Portable Pumps and Water Delivery
  • WFO-030 Wildfire Crew Member

Completion Requirements

You must complete all courses in the program with a passing grade.

Admission Requirements

Like all firefighters, applicants for the program must be physically fit and willing to participate in a structured fitness plan.

To learn more about this program, click our 'Join Email List' button at the top of the page.

Call 250-923-9728 in Campbell River or 250-724-8705 in Port Alberni if you have any questions.

Learn more about our Registration and Refund policies.

Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

Program Highlights

The Wildfire Crew Member Training program is designed to give you the introductory theory and practical skills needed to become a wildland firefighter.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive the following industry certifications:

  • British Columbia certificates for:
    • S100 Basic Fire Suppression
    • S170 Helicopter Safety
    • S185 Fire Entrapment Avoidance
    • S190 Intro to Fire Behaviour
    • S212 Fire Communications
    • S213 Heavy Equipment
    • S232 Portable Pumps and Water Use
    • S242 Air Tankers Wildlife Awareness
  • Industry Canada Radio Operator certificate (ROC-A)
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Ground and Air
  • ICS Certification (Incident Command)
  • Alberta Wildfire Crew Member (Firetack) certificate
  • Power Saw
  • Red Cross Standard First Aid with CPR Level C



The program is delivered over four consecutive weeks and is comprised of instructor-led theory and practical application. Unless otherwise indicated, classes run five days a week, 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.