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Certificate III in Fire Protection - Apprenticeship Pathway

2020 Training Package



Fire Industry Training (FiT) offers this qualification exclusively as an apprenticeship to registered Sprinkler Fitting Apprentices. Our CPC32820 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 (33 core and 4 elective units):

First Year+x

Unit Code Unit Name Core/Elective
CPCPCM2039 Carry out interactive workplace communication C
CPCPCM2040 Read plans, calculate quantities and mark out materials C
CPCPCM2041 Work effectively in the plumbing and services sector C
CPCPCM2043 Carry out WHS requirements C
CPCPCM2045 Handle and store plumbing materials C
CPCPCM2046 Use plumbing hand and power tools C
CPCPCM2047 Carry out levelling C
CPCPCM2048 Cut and join sheet metal E
CPCPCM3023 Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping C
CPCPCM3024 Prepare simple drawings C
CPCPFS2022 Install portable fire equipment E
CPCPFS3044 Install distribution and range pipes C
CPCPFS3045 Fit off sprinkler heads, controls and ancillary equipment C
CPCPFS3046 Test the integrity of water-based fire protection systems using pressure C

Second Year+x

Unit Code Unit Name Core/Elective
CPCPFS2021 Connect static storage tanks for fixed fire protection systems C
CPCPFS3031 Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems C
CPCPFS3034 Install control valve assemblies, actuating devices & local alarms C
CPCPFS3036 Install special hazard systems C
CPCPFS3037 Install residential life safety sprinkler systems C
CPCPFS3038 Test and maintain fire hydrant and hose reel installations C
CPCPFS3047 Test and maintain automatic fire sprinklers C
CPCPFS3048 Install fixed fire pumpsets C
CPCPWT3025 Install water pumpsets E
CPCPWT3028 Install property service C
CPCPWT3029 Install water pipe systems E
CPPFES2043A Prevent ozone depleting substance and synthetic greenhouse gas emissions C

Third Year+x

Unit Code Unit Name Core/Elective
CPCPCM2049 Cut using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment C
CPCPCM2052 Weld mild steel using oxy-acetylene equipment C
CPCPCM2053 Weld using metal arc welding equipment C
CPCPFS3030 Design fire sprinkler systems using pre-calculated charts and tables C
CPCPFS3040 Conduct basic functional testing of water-based fire-suppression systems C
CPCPFS3041 Inspect and test fire pumpsets C
CPCPFS3042 Conduct annual routine service of complex water-based fire-suppression systems C
CPCPFS3043 Conduct functional water flow testing C
CPCPMS3031 Fabricate and install steel pressure piping C
CPPFES2025A Inspect, test and maintain gaseous fire-suppression systems 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 CPC32820 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.


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


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.