Training package

ACTRFS training package and national accreditation references

A heavy tanker pump in action

A heavy tanker pump in action

4wd training

4WD training








The ACT Rural Fire Service training packages come from the National Public Safety Training Package. All Service training is nationally recognised within the Australian Quality Training Framework and is generally recognised across all fire services in Australia.

The Service provides training from Certificate 2 in Fire Fighting Operations through to Certificate 4 in Fire Fighting Supervision.

Information on ACT Rural Fire Service pathways can be found in the Training Information Book,

Basic Firefighter

This training will provide all the necessary skills to equip you to work in a team under direct supervision on the fire ground. This training is required for all ACT RFS firefighters and is generally delivered over 4 evening theory sessions, and 2 days practical work on weekends.

Village Firefighter

This training builds on the Bush Firefighter training above.

This course enables participants to undertake motor vehicle firefighting, as well as defensive structural firefighting (we do not enter buildings). This course is delivered in a 2 and a half day format.

Village fire-fighting in action

Village firefighting in action

Gas prop training at hume training centre

Gas prop training at hume training centre

Advanced Firefighter

This training is broken into 2 parts – Technical and Principles.  This allows members to develop their technical skills (Firefighting) and then develop their leadership and safety skills at their own pace.

Advanced firefighters take on a mentor role with newer firefighters and are expected to work with limited supervision.

These units are delivered separately. All training at this level requires commitment over weeknights and weekends.

Members must hold all Bush Firefighter units of competence to be eligible to complete this training.

 Crew Leader

This training is designed to develop members who wish to take on leadership roles within their Brigade.

The crew leader package is delivered in three sections. The courses are designed around different sections of fire-fighting.

Members must hold all Advanced Fire-fighter units of competence to be eligible to complete this training.

Divisional Commander

This training is for senior field fire management officers.

It is a four and a half day course.

This course develops the individual’s crew management, fire behaviour, and incident management skills.

Members must hold all Crew Leader units of competence to be eligible to complete this training.