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Overview

Many municipalities require that certified technicians perform inspection and testing on fire systems. Technicians are certified by the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) through a process that requires both academic and practice components. BCIT's Associate Certificate in Fire Protection Inspection and Testing is a part-time program that is designed to meet a portion of the academic requirements, helping you on your path to certification.

For more information about certification and registration, see ASTTBC's Fire Protection Technician Certification Program page.


Program Entry

Entrance requirements

BCIT part-time studies courses and programs are taught assuming that registrants not only have a BC Grade 12 level of English, but also have proficiency in all four language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

BCIT has several upgrading courses for students who wish to improve their English language skills.

Apply to program

A formal application to the program is not required prior to registration. Interested students can go ahead and register for courses from the program matrix.

If a course has one or more prerequisites, you are responsible for ensuring that you have either successfully completed the prerequisite course, or have the equivalent skills and knowledge, prior to registration.

If you believe that you have taken an equivalent course at a different post-secondary institution, you can apply for transfer credit by submitting your official transcript and detailed course outline.

Once you have completed two or three courses, please declare your intended program of study.

Program declaration

Effective January 7th, 2016, program declaration requests must be completed online. A declaration fee will be assessed at the time of the request. BCIT will no longer accept paper program declaration requests starting January 7th, 2016. Students who submitted paper declaration requests prior to January 7th, 2016 are not required to pay the fee.

Declaring your Part-time Studies program ensures that BCIT is aware of your intent to complete a program as it is currently outlined. BCIT continuously reviews programs and implements changes based on industry and market trends. Program declaration guarantees that credit for courses which are a part of your program will be honoured despite program requirement changes.

Program declaration also provides the opportunity to apply for transfer credit.

It is not necessary to declare prior to registering in most Part-time Studies courses. It is a good idea to complete one or two courses before submitting your program declaration. Check your program's entry page for specific requirements.

Upon approval, a program plan will be sent to you confirming your program of study.

Declare Now

Please allow approximately 8 weeks for processing.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis. For more information, please visit Fees & Financial Aid :: Part-time Studies.

If your employer or organization will be paying your tuition, please review BCIT’s sponsorship information.

Books and supplies

Required textbooks can be purchased at the BCIT Bookstore.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Note: Some courses in the program require FIRE 1050 - Electrical and Electronics for Fire Protection Inspection or basic knowledge of electricity and electronics as a prerequisite.

Class hours

Most courses are offered weekday evenings, 6:45pm to 9:45pm.

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

1. Required courses: (12 credits) Credits
  BLDG 1830 BC Building Code: Part 3 Introduction 3.0
  COMM 1103 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication 3.0
  FIRE 1075 BC Fire Code 1 1.5
  FIRE 2075 BC Fire Code 2 1.5
  OCHS 4420 Fire Safety Planning 3.0
 
2. Complete a minimum of 11.0 credits from the following list of electives: Credits
  FIRE 2077 Emergency Lighting Systems 1.5
  FIRE 2080 Automatic Sprinkler and Standpipe Testing 3.0
  FIRE 2084 Fire Alarm Systems: Inspection and Testing 3.0
  FIRE 2086 Smoke Control and HVAC Systems 2.5
  FIRE 2088 Special Fire Suppression Systems 3.0
  OCHS 1410 Fire Extinguisher Service Technician 1.5
  OCHS 4440 Fire Safety Systems 3.0
 
Total Credits: 23.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

Program completion time depends on course availability and the student’s planned schedule of courses. For example, students taking 6.0 credits (2 courses) per term can complete the program in four terms (approximately 16 months).

Accreditation

Equivalent ASTTBC Disciplines

Students seeking certification through ASTTBC in a particular discipline must demonstrate academic competence. The following table shows how BCIT courses align with selected ASTTBC Fire Protection Technician disciplines:

BCIT Courses ASTTBC Discipline Credits
FIRE 2077 Emergency Lighting Systems EM 1.5
FIRE 2080 Automatic Sprinkler and Standpipe Testing WA 3.0
FIRE 2084 Fire Alarm Systems: Inspection and Testing AL 3.0
FIRE 2086 Smoke Control and HVAC Systems SM 2.5
FIRE 2088 Special Fire Suppression Systems SP 3.0
OCHS 1410 Fire Extinguisher Service Technician EX 1.5

Use the above equivalency table as a guide. Please confirm the exact equivalency requirements with ASTTBC before registering for courses.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Program structure

To qualify for an Associate Certificate students must complete:

  • All required courses (12.0 credits)
  • A minimum of 11.0 credits of elective courses
  • Two years of relevant industry experience

All courses are subject to change. Additions and deletions to the listed courses reflect continuing developments.

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Job opportunities depend on the student's chosen electives and previous level of education and applicable work experience. As a BCIT student and alumni, you have access to BCIT’s Student Employment Services for work search support and resources, and also eJobs, an online job bank created specifically for BCIT graduates.

Many students plan to complete the Fire Protection Technician Certification program offered by the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC). Please contact ASTTBC directly for more information about this program and how BCIT's Fire Protection Inspection and Testing courses can meet some of the academic requirements.

Fire Protection Certification Program - ASTTBC
ASTTBC
BCIT Student Employment Services
BCIT eJobs

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Contact Us

Candace Marrington, Program Assistant
Candace_Marrington@bcit.ca
604-432-8521

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