​​ Acredited Training Providers

A professional firefighter within the South African environment requires specialised training in order to perform competently in his/ her job. In this regard, a potential firefighter must acquire knowledge and skills that are provided as part of the various skill programmes. Some courses are provided by several fire colleges across the country and are accredited by the local government (SETA) while others are presented by colleges which are accredited by the Southern Africa Emergency Services Institute (SAESI). SAESI provides training under the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Guidelines. It is important to note that SAESI courses are not aligned to the National Qualification Framework (NQF) although the process to align is currently underway.  The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) also provides various academic courses including-

  1. Diploma in Fire Technology;
  2. Advanced Diploma in Fire Technology;
  3.  B Tech/ Postgraduate Diploma in Fire Technology;
  4. Master in Fire Technology, and
  5. PhD in Fire Technology.

For further information on possible fire services training, including specialised short courses please visit the below websites-


The Directorate has established a working group on career path and Professionalisation of the function. This working group has developed a draft career path which also outlines the minimum qualifications, competencies and experience required for each position.

For more information on the Fire Service Chapter on the Municipal S​taff Regulations (MSR).  ​