Sprinkler & Fire Protection Installer

Certificate of Qualification 427A

“I take my job seriously. We don’t have room for error when fire is involved.”

Sprinkler and fire protection installers work with high-pressure and low-pressure pipeline systems carrying water, foam, gas, or air. Their work includes installing, repairing, maintaining, and testing sprinkler systems. They can work in residential or commercial environments, but this work is especially important for fire control systems.


  • Read and interpret prints & specifications to determine location, size & material required

  • Examine, inspect and test sprinkler systems

  • Identify and use tools & special equipment

  • Apply codes to installation, inspection & maintenance equipment

  • Erect and use steel and power-operated scaffolding & swing stages

  • Install and maintain appliances, controls, equipment, piping & hangers

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Strong communication, reading, numeracy & strong problem-solving skills

  • Ability to read and understand complex instructions

  • Manual dexterity & mechanical aptitude

  • Ability to do careful & exacting work

Employment Sectors

  • Heavy Industrial Construction

  • Institutional and Commercial Construction

  • Engineering Construction

Apprenticeship Program

7200 hours of on-the-job training, supplemented by three 8-week sessions of in-class technical training.

Entrance Requirements

  • High school transcript or high school diploma (equivalent GED)

  • Minimum Grade 12 numeracy/literacy (or post-secondary equivalent)

Journeyperson Wage Rate

$54.48/Hr (2024 Provincial Average)

Did you know?

Sprinkler heads are individually activated by fire temperatures in excess of 155°. Residential fires are usually controlled with one sprinkler head. 90% of all fires are controlled with six or fewer heads and a study conducted during the 80 years of automatic sprinkler use found that 82% of the fires that have occurred were controlled by two or fewer sprinkler heads.

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