Correspondence Courses with ETC
Take training on your own time with correspondence courses from ETC.
There are three steps to taking a correspondence course. Each is detailed in a separate tile below.
You start with an application. Then, you'll get the course via mail.
You'll have 8 weeks to complete all of the assignments and write the final exam.
You'll need to arrange a qualified proctor to oversee your exams. Check out the proctor agreement and exam rules document on the Alberta Fire Commissioner's office website, or the proctor tile below.
Currently 5 courses are available via correspondence. All are listed in a tile below.
For more information about correspondence courses contact distance learning:
- call toll-free at 1 800 661 6490 ext, 2054
- call direct in Vermilion at 780 581 2054
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 1 Apply
Complete the Application for Correspondence Course form(pdf)
- email email@example.com
- mail Registrar's Office attention: Kyla, Lakeland College 5707 College Drive Vermilion AB T9X 1K5
- fax 780 853 8594
Note: Ensure you complete all of the form. Applications without complete course application information or course fees won't be processed.
Refunds & Withdrawals
- You can't course after it begins, but may withdraw up until the end of the 5th week of the course by notifying Lakeland's Office of the Registrar using the appropriate withdrawal form.
- There are no refunds once materials have been sent to you.
- You may apply for one 4-week extension at a cost of $100.
Step 2 Your Proctor
If your correspondence course has a written examination, you'll need a proctor. A proctor supervises the exam.
- Be approved by ETC
- Be someone of good standing in the community. Some examples are fire chief, minister, teacher, librarian, professor, commissioner for oaths or similar office holder.
- Not be associated with your training or instructing your course. Your instructor(s) can't be your proctor or evaluator.
- Sign applicable agreements acknowledging their intention to comply with the testing procedures and regulations. For more details see the proctoring agree and exam procedures form.
- Not have any personal or familial (birth or marriage) relationship with the course instructor or students.
Some proctors and evaluators charge a fee for their service. This is especially true if you use an exam writing centre. Check with your proctor and/or evaluator. It's your responsibility to pay these fees.
Note: Courses with practical components require practical evaluations by an approved evaluator. See the Client Hosted Handbook for information about the examination and evaluation process.
Step 3 Evaluation
- A written exam must take place within the 8-week period you have to complete the course.
- If you don't write the examination and/or don't submit assignments within the 8-week period, you will be given a failing grade.
- It's your responsibility to locate a proctor, arrange the examination date and have the proctor contact the Emergency Training Centre to confirm the exam date a minimum of two weeks before it's scheduled.
- Your proctor shall sign the required agreement and the examination will be sent out approximately one week before the examination date (see the proctor tile).
- Where applicable, you may only write an examination only after you've passed the practical component.
- The minimum passing score for a practical skills is 85%.
- 70% is the minimum passing score for all written exams.
- Examination results will be mailed to you within 6 weeks after we receive it for scoring.
Currently available courses
The following courses can be taken via correspondence:
- Fire Officer Communications and Background Information (FOTP–250) #QETC 140*
- Introduction to Basic Supervisor Functions (FOTP–300) #QETC 141
- Safety Regulations & Basic Investigation (FOTP–400) #QETC 142
- Legal Aspects and Evaluating Performance (FOTP–600) #QETC 244
- Administrative Functions and Fire Investigation (FOTP–700) #QETC 245
Course fees are $255 unless indicated.