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Certificate III in Fire Protection Control

Transition to new qual. (UEE31020) in 2022


Fire Industry Training (FiT) offers this qualification exclusively as an apprenticeship. Our UEE31011 Certificate III in Fire Protection Control has been developed in conjunction with industry practitioners and FiT Trainers and Assessors, it covers the knowledge and skills required to become a qualified Fire Technician.

For Queensland apprentices, this training program also includes an extra unit of competency (UEENEEP024A) enabling our Fire Technicians eligibility to apply for a Restricted Electrical Work Licence (Fire protection and control systems)

On the successful completion of this apprenticeship pathway, students receive the Qualification UEE31011 Certificate III in Fire Protection Control, and QLD apprentices also a Statement of Attainment UEENEEP024A.


The Electrotechnology Industry affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context. Further the Electrotechnology Industry has expressed a preference for profiling as a form of assessment activity.

FiT’s delivery schedule has been developed in conjunction with industry with the units delivered in an order that reflect real industry outcomes and processes. Units will be delivered and assessed as stand-alone units with no clustering arrangements. The delivery schedule sequencing allows for knowledge and skills already obtained from previous units to be accounted and allowed for in following units.

FiT delivers this learning program (according to an agreed Training Plan) over 3-years of Trade School attendance. Apprentices are required to attend 5 consecutive days per week, with:

  • FIRST year: 5 weeks training - 8 units delivered
  • SECOND year: 5.4 weeks training - 8 units delivered
  • THIRD year: 6 weeks training - 9 units delivered.

An additional 2-days is offered at the end of third year for QLD apprentices who wish to complete the additional unit of competency UEENEEP024A.

When not attending structured training at FiT, the student will be working as an apprentice for their host employer (on the job training, recorded though e-profiling).


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 25 units of competency (16 core and 9 elective units) and in QLD one additional stand-alone unit of competency:

First Year+x

Unit Code Unit Name Core/Elective
UEENEEE101A Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace C
UEENEEE102A Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components C
UEENEEE104A Solve problems in d.c. circuits C
UEENEEE105A Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment C
UEENEEE107A Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications C
UEENEEE108A Lay wiring/cabling and terminate accessories for extra-low voltage (ELV) circuits C
UEENEEE119A Solve problems in multiple path extra-low voltage (ELV) a.c circuits C
UEENEEE137A Document and apply measures to control OHS risks associated with electrotechnology work C

Second Year+x

Unit Code Unit Name Core/Elective
CPPFES2043A Prevent ozone depleting substance and synthetic greenhouse gas emissions C
UEENEEC022B Participate in fire protection control work and competency development activities C
UEENEEF102A Install and maintain cabling for multi access to telecommunication services C
UEENEEH102A Repair basic electronic apparatus faults by replacement of components C
UEENEEH161A Install fire detection and warning systems apparatus C
UEENEEH162A Verify compliance and functionality of fire protection system installations C
UEENEEH163A Enter and verify programs for fire protection systems C
UEENEEK142A Apply environmentally and sustainable procedures in the energy sector C

Third Year+x

Unit Code Unit Name Core/Elective
UEENEED104A Use engineering applications software on personal computers E
UEENEEF104A Install and modify performance data communication copper cabling C
UEENEEF105A Install and modify optical fibre performance data communication cabling E
UEENEEH111A Troubleshoot single phase input d.c. power supplies E
UEENEEH164A Commission large fire protection systems E
UEENEEH165A Troubleshoot fire protection systems E
UEENEEI150A Develop, enter and verify discrete control programs for programmable controllers E
UEENEEP013A Disconnect/reconnect control devices connected to low voltage installation wiring E
UEENEEP018A Locate and rectify faults in low voltage control devices using set procedures E

ADDITIONAL Unit of Competency
UEENEEP024A Attach cords and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to a single phase 230 Volt supply E


To enter this course a person must be employed as a Fire Technician Apprentice.

The employer determines the minimum educational standard of the student through the recruitment process. FiT will assess a student for LLN before classes start and provide educational support and referral to a student as required.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment only process. RPL captures evidence from a student who has already learnt in other courses, from life and/or work experience and from any training at work. This 'Prior Learning' must be relevant to one or more of the units of competency they are enrolling in. A student who is assessed through RPL as competent in a unit is not required to do that unit in the course.

RPL applicants must provide sufficient evidence of their competence to gain an RPL outcome. The evidence required is established through the RPL process. RPL assessment tools have been developed specifically for this process.

If you believe you have completed a unit of competency in another formal learning experience, you may be eligible for a Credit Transfer (CT). You will have to provide a certified copy of the Statement of Results or Statement of Attainment through the enrolment process as evidence. If a CT is identified, you will not have to complete the unit again, or be charged for that unit.


On completion students are eligible to apply, through Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC), for the Fire Occupational License: Fire detection, alarm and waring systems occupational license; Install and maintain – extra low voltage.

Further, the successful student may complete an additional unit of competency (UEENEEP024A) allowing them to be eligible to apply, through the Electrical Safety Commission QLD, for the Restricted Electrical Work License (REWL); Fire Protection and control Systems. This additional unit is specified as a requirement of the REWL within electrical Licensing eligibility guide, Electrical Safety Office (July 2018), but not seen as a related elective unit of competency within the qualification, hence is offered as an additional unit of competency.


Students will develop skills that lead to:

  • work opportunities that include scope to carry out licensed work in some Australian States and Territories 
  • Increased employability skills within the Fire & Electrical Industry
  • further study within Fire & Electrical Industries.


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.