image

The Canadian Fire Alarm Association (CFAA), in collaboration with representatives from the fire alarm industry, including Authorities Having Jurisdiction, have implemented changes to the CFAA Fire Alarm Technician Program.

 

As a member of the CFAA please be advised of the approved changes to the CFAA Fire Alarm Technician Program.

 

First, there have been no changes to the five (5) theory-based courses necessary to become a Registered CFAA Trainee. These theory-based courses are available at http://www.cfaa.ca/Courses/courses.aspx or visit http://www.cfaa.ca/LinktoApprovedColleges.aspx to find the CFAA courses that are offered by one of the CFAA’s approved training partners. Exemptions for courses two through four are still available for eligible individuals in accordance with the CFAA policies which can be found at http://www.cfaa.ca/CourseExemptions.aspx.

Once an individual has completed the required five (5) theory-based courses they can apply to become a Registered CFAA Fire Alarm Technician Trainee https://www.cfaa.ca/TechnicianRegister.aspx. In order to become a Registered CFAA Fire Alarm Technician an individual must first be registered as a Trainee.

 

The three (3) major changes to the CFAA Fire Alarm Technician Program that you should be aware of are detailed below.

  1. Field Experience
  2. Registration Exams
  3. Maintaining Registration/Continuing Education

 

  1. Field Experience

It is recognized that lab training and/or work experience required by each individual will vary. As a result, a CFAA Fire Alarm Trainee Logbook (http://www.cfaa.ca/Files/Logobookfinal12-22-15.pdf) has been developed to provide a detailed reference for the kinds of training, skills and/or experience one should acquire to successfully complete the CFAA Fire Alarm Technician Registration Exams. Each individual should be well versed in all items contained within the CFAA Fire Alarm Trainee Logbookbefore proceeding. Once enough work experience and/or training has been obtained, the Trainee can then make arrangements to complete the Registration Theory and finally the Registration Practical Exam.

  1. Registration Exams

Until now, a Trainee wanting to become a Registered CFAA Fire Alarm Technician was required to have a Sponsor verify that they possessed the skills and knowledge required. They were also required to prove one year of Canadian work experience in the industry and have a Registered Fire Alarm Technician sponsor verify and sign a “Required Knowledge and Activity Checklist” (Form T9033) along with their CFAA Registration documents. Successful completion of the CFAA Registration Theory and Practical Exam will now replace this requirement.

  1. The CFAA Registration Theory examination is a standardized knowledge assessment of an individual’s understanding of the requirements to properly inspect, test and verify a fire alarm system as per Canadian Codes and Standards. This two (2) hour exam will only be administered and proctored by the CFAA and will be administered online.

 

Only Registered Trainees will be able to register and pay the associated fee to take the Registration Theory Exam online at www.cfaa.ca/Courses/courses.aspx. Questions about the Registration Theory Exam can be sent to theoryexam@cfaa.ca. The Registration Theory Exam will be available as of March 1, 2016.

 

  1. The CFAA Registration Practical exam will only be administered by CFAA approved Invigilators who have no conflict of interest with the Trainee. The two (2) hour exam is based on the “Required Knowledge and Activity Checklist” as well as the CFAA Fire Alarm Trainee Logbook and features a number of scenarios. The Trainee will be tested on an active fire alarm system designed and programmed to test all candidates equally. Only Trainees who have successfully completed the Registration Theory Exam will be able to register and pay the associated fees to take the Registration Practical Exam online at www.cfaa.ca/Courses/courses.aspx. Questions about the Registration Practical Exam can be sent to practicalexam@cfaa.ca. The Registration Practical Exam schedule will be posted March 1, 2016.

 

If the first attempt at the Registration Practical Exam is unsuccessful the Trainee must wait a minimum of 30 days to retake the Registration Practical Exam. If the Trainee is unsuccessful after their second attempt the Trainee will be required to submit a completed CFAA Fire Alarm Trainee Logbook at the end of a minimum one (1) year waiting period to be eligible to retake the Registration Practical Exam.

 

  1. Maintaining Registration/Continuing Education

One of the most important changes to the CFAA Fire Alarm Technician Program is the requirement for continuing education. This has always been a necessary component in the professional development of any CFAA Fire Alarm Technician in order to keep current with changes in the industry, whether they be technical, jurisdictional or pertaining to updated codes and standards. Beginning in 2017, Registered CFAA Fire Alarm Technicians will be required to submit documentation to the CFAA for approval showing that they have successfully completed eight (8) Continuing Education Credits within the past year (based on their registration date).

 

Of the required credits, two (2) credits must be achieved directly through CFAA. The remainder can be obtained in a number of ways, including CFAA delivered seminars, educational institutions, and industry providers or those within the industry. There is a great deal of flexibility and latitude for meeting these new requirements for 2017, however attention must be paid to the conditions outlined on the submission form. Each Registered CFAA Fire Alarm Technician should begin tracking their continuing education training and education on the Continuing Education Submittal Form found at http://www.cfaa.ca/Files/CECSubmittialfinal12-22-15.pdf

 

The CFAA is currently developing online Continuing Education modules that will be available soon to ensure Continuing Education is easily accessible to all CFAA Fire Alarm Technicians. Onsite Continuing Education can also be provided to CFAA Member companies, please email ce@cfaa.ca to request more information.

 

If you need more information or assistance please visit our website (www.cfaa.ca) or contact us by email or phone.

 

Canadian Fire Alarm Association  |  L’Association Canadienne D’Alarme Incendie
85 Citizen Court, Units 3 & 4, Markham, ON  L6G 1A8
1.800.529.0552 | www.cfaa.ca | info@cfaa.ca

“Maximizing the effectiveness and use of fire alarm systems in the protection of life and property in Canada”