Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Fire Systems Technician

Working as a Fire Systems Technician you will install, test and maintain fire protection systems which would include fire alarms, hydrants and hose reels, residential, commercial and industrial fire sprinkler systems and fire system pumpsets.

Summary of Training

Core Units – 32 required

  • Handle and store plumbing materials
  • Use plumbing hand and power tools
  • Carry out interactive workplace communication
  • Work effectively in the plumbing and services sector
  • Read plans, calculate quantities and mark out materials
  • Carry out WHS requirements
  • Carry out levelling
  • Cut using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment
  • Weld using oxy-acetylene equipment
  • Weld using metal arc welding equipment
  • Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping
  • Connect static storage tanks for fixed fire protection systems
  • Design fire sprinkler systems using pre-calculated charts and tables
  • Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems
  • Install control valve assemblies, actuating devices and local alarms
  • Install special hazard systems
  • Install residential life safety sprinkler systems
  • Test and maintain fire hydrant and hose reel installations
  • Conduct basic functional testing of water-based fire-suppression systems
  • Inspect and test fire pumpsets
  • Conduct annual routine service of complex water-based fire-suppression systems
  • Conduct functional water flow testing
  • Install distribution and range pipes
  • Fit off sprinkler heads, controls and ancillary equipment
  • Test the integrity of water-based fire protection systems using pressure
  • Test and maintain automatic fire sprinklers
  • Install fixed fire pumpsets
  • Fabricate and install steel pressure piping
  • Install property service
  • Inspect, test and maintain gaseous fire-suppression systems
  • Prevent ozone depleting substance and synthetic greenhouse gas emissions
  • Inspect and test control and indicating equipment

Elective Units – 5 required

  • Work safely at heights
  • Install acoustic and thermal environmental protection systems   
  • Operate personnel and materials hoists 
  • Install portable fire equipment   
  • Conduct preventive maintenance on fixed fire pumpsets

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

This Australian Apprenticeship occupation may attract incentives under the Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System. For more information contact an Apprenticeship Network provider, call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73, or look at the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive page

Job Pathways

Construction, Plumbing and Services

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Fire Protection

IICertificate II
IIICertificate III
IVCertificate IV
AdAdvanced Diploma

This occupation fits generally with these groupings

Industry Group
Construction & Electrical

Work Type
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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 22/23: 27397

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 18/10/2023. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Predicted growth in employment in this overall industry over the next 5 years.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this overall industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of employees in this overall industry.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Availability Information and More Details

Fire Systems Technician - CPC32820
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

48 mths 48 mths 48 mths 48 mths 48 mths 48 mths 48 mths 48 mths
Part Time
Commencements 105 125 80 20 20 0 5 0
Classification A A A A A * A A
Availability of Australian Apprenticeships and Nominal Duration (in months)

A = identified by the State or Territory as an Apprenticeship
T = identified by the State or Territory as a Traineeship
* = An approved qualification in Tasmania is available as an Apprenticeship/Traineeship.

A Qualification registered by a State or Territory as available as an Australian Apprenticeship may not be eligible for public funding support, check with the relevant State or Territory Training Authority.

Nominal durations listed are for full time occupations, stated in months. In some cases nominal durations provided may not include the completion of pre-requisites. This data is sourced from State and Territory Training Authorities and is provided for information only and must be confirmed with these authorities.


Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection, VOCSTATS, extracted 18/10/2023, rounded estimates for April 2022 to March 2023. This data is for general information purposes only.

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ANZSCO Classification: 334111

Note: This is an indicative Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) classification for this occupation, provided as a guide only.

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