An Exceptional Opportunity for Fire Service Professionals to earn a Certificate and an
The Fire Services curriculum is designed for fire services personnel working in the public and para-public sectors. It is structured so that fire service professionals can work towards earning a Certificate and an Advanced Certificate in Public Administration and Governance. The Certificate is also the first "level" -- and the Advanced Certificate the second "level" -- of the BA program in Public Administration and Governance. The attainment of a baccalaureate degree is recognised as increasingly necessary for career advancement within the Fire Service and within municipal government more generally.
Through a partnership with the Office of the (Ontario) Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) and the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC), Ryerson’s Department of Politics and Public Administration delivered, from 2000 to 2014, accredited program courses in intensive-mode, week-long format at the Ontario Fire College (OFC) in Gravenhurst. The partnership was formalised in November 2006 with the signing (see photo) of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that, among other things, provided recognition -- in the form of a reduced number of Professionally-Related course requirements -- of the Company Officer, Training Officer, and Prevention Officer Diplomas conferred by the Ontario Fire College (OFC).
Ontario has adopted the accreditation model of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), with NFPA Level Two being deemed equivalent to the former OFC Diplomas. This will be so recognised by Ryerson upon presentation of the appropriate transcript.
Ryerson's Department of Politics and Public Administration offers the only part-time degree program in public administration in Ontario. Designed for working, adult learners, the program provides several features that assist part-time students attain their career and educational goals.
The traditional curriculum and program requirements have been modified slightly for fire service professionals to acquire related knowledge and management skills. For the curriculum of the fire services partnership, please see “Program Details” (link below) and, for further information about the Public Administration and Governance program (including the fire services partnership), please consult the Student Handbook (see link below).
Although the Memorandum of Understanding was terminated by the OFMEM and the OAFC in Fall 2014, Ryerson is committed to delivering, in accessible alternative formats, all of the courses necessary for current students to complete their program(s) of study. Options that might permit the continuation of this program (i.e., the enrolment of new students) are being explored. Any decisions will be announced in this space.
"The Public Administration Program has assisted in advancing my career, allows for flexible learning and faculty strive to meet the needs of the students as adult learners."
Tim Beckett, BA-09
Questions? Contact the Program Administrator,
Viola Ing (firstname.lastname@example.org; 416-979-5057)