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 program is currently not available to international applicants.

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.

How to Apply

Register by mail or in person:

  • Complete the Continuing Education Registration Form
  • Call 250-923-9728 in Campbell River or 250-724-8705 in Port Alberni if you have any questions,
  • Completed applications can be dropped off to any campus to the attention of Sandy Rose, or directly by emailing sandra.rose@nic.bc.ca

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. Classes run five days a week, 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.