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Certificate III in Fire Protection

Apprenticeship pathway



Fire Industry Training (FiT) offers this qualification exclusively as an apprenticeship to registered Sprinkler Fitting Apprentices. Our CPC32813 Certificate III in Fire Protection - Apprenticeship Pathway program covers the knowledge required in all aspects of installation and maintenance of fire protection systems in both domestic and commercial buildings.


The apprenticeship has a nominal completion of four years. FiT delivers the qualification (according to an agreed Training Plan) over three years of Trade School attendance. The schooling is face-to-face, part-time, with regular attendance blocks and is supported by integrated eLearning.

First Aid training may be delivered and assessed by CEPUTEC (RTO #4612).


The units of competency represent the core and electives selected by FiT, following consultation with industry representatives and regulatory authorities. For a student to be awarded this qualification, they must successfully complete all 37 units of competency (31 core and 6 elective units):

First Year+x

Unit Code Unit Name Core/Elective
CPCPCM2039A Carry out interactive workplace communication C
CPCPCM2040A Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities C
CPCPCM2041A Work effectively in the plumbing and services sector C
CPCPCM2043A Carry out WHS requirements C
CPCPCM2045A Handle and store plumbing materials C
CPCPCM2046A Use plumbing hand and power tools C
CPCPCM2047A Carry out levelling C
CPCPCM2048A Cut and join sheet metal C
CPCPCM2050A Mark out materials C
CPCPCM3023A Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping C
CPCPFS2022A Install portable fire equipment E
CPCPFS3044A Install distribution and range pipes C
CPCPFS3045A Fit off sprinkler heads, controls and ancillary equipment C
CPCPFS3046A Test the integrity of water-based fire protection systems using pressure C
HLTFA211A Provide basic emergency life support C

Second Year+x

Unit Code Unit Name Core/Elective
CPCPFS2021A Connect static storage tanks for fixed fire protection systems C
CPCPFS3031A Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems C
CPCPFS3034A Install control valve assemblies, actuating devices & local alarms C
CPCPFS3036A Install special hazard systems C
CPCPFS3037A Install domestic and residential life safety sprinkler systems C
CPCPFS3038A Test and maintain fire hydrant and hose reel installations C
CPCPFS3047A Test and maintain automatic fire sprinklers C
CPCPFS3048A Install fixed fire pumpsets E
CPCPWT3025A Install water pumpsets C
CPCPWT3028A Install water services C

Third Year+x

Unit Code Unit Name Core/Elective
CPCPCM2049A Cut using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment C
CPCPCM2052A Weld using oxy-acetylene equipment C
CPCPCM2053A Weld using manual metal arc welding equipment C
CPCPFS3030A Design pre-calculated fire sprinkler systems C
CPCPFS3040A Conduct basic functional testing of water-based fire-suppression systems E
CPCPFS3041A Inspect and test fire pumpsets E
CPCPFS3042A Conduct annual functional testing of complex water-based fire-suppression systems E
CPCPFS3043A Conduct functional water flow testing E
CPCPMS3031A Fabricate and install steel pressure piping C
CPPFES2025A Inspect, test and maintain gaseous fire-suppression systems C
CPPFES2043A Prevent ozone depleting substance and synthetic greenhouse gas emissions C
CPPFES2047A Inspect and test control and indicating equipment C


You must be employed and registered as an Apprentice Sprinkler Fitter prior to commencing this qualification with FiT. There are no additional formal course entry requirements or pre-requisites but apprentices without Construction Induction Card will be expected to attain it.

It is recommended that students are able to demonstrate Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills equivalent to Level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).

Students will be expected to have access to:

  • Computer
  • Internet
  • National Construction Code
  • Australian Fire Standards


Students with relevant industry experience or who hold one or more units of competency delivered by FiT in this qualification and who can demonstrate experience within the last two years, are encouraged to discuss the matter with FiT.


On successful completion of CPC32813 Certificate III in Fire Protection - Apprenticeship Pathway, students will be awarded a qualification. A Statement of Attainment will be issued to students who partially complete the Certificate.


This qualification offers pathways into industry specific short course or a higher level qualification, such as the CPC50509 Diploma Fire Systems Design - Water Stream.


Graduates in this qualification are eligible to apply for registration as a Licensed Sprinkler Fitter with their state regulator. Students are advised to confirm the licensing requirements in their state or territory, as some states may require additional licensing requirements for registration. 


Each state and territory has its own rules relating to eligibility and table of subsidies eligible persons will pay.

See our page RTO Information for full details of the fees & payable.