Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer

TQAA, Voluntary Certified Trade, Designated Red Seal Trade


  • Read and interpret drawings, specifications and fire codes to determine layout requirements
  • Install clamps, brackets and hangers to support piping systems and sprinkler and fire protection equipment using hand and power tools
  • Sprinkler system installers fabricate, install, test, maintain and repair water, foam, carbon dioxide and dry chemical sprinkler systems in buildings for fire protection purposes
  • Install valves, alarms and associated equipment
  • Use air or liquid pressure equipment to test systems for leaks
  • Perform work indoors on residential and commercial buildings

Personal Qualities

  • You may be required to work in cramped areas or at considerable heights
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You need to be in good physical condition to carry materials
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional qualities required www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/LES/index.shtml

Career Opportunities

  • Contractors in the institutional, commercial and industrial sectors are major employers, as are maintenance departments of factories, plants and similar establishments
  • Companies that specialize in fire protection are also employers
  • The majority of sprinkler and fire protection installer tradespersons are unionized workers

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 10; however, employers and unions may require Grade 12
  • Completion of a 4 year apprenticeship program at 1,800 hours per year
  • If you have completed 7,200 hours of on the job experience/training and have not completed the apprenticeship program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification
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