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Basic Electricity for Fire Alarm Inspection TELC 1142

Electrical Trades Part-time Studies Course

Course details

​Canadian Fire Alarm Association Basic Electricity course. (Pre-requisite for CFAA 5) This course covers basic electrical theory and practices. The theory includes Ohm's Law, Kirchoffs Law, magnetism, energy generation and the dangers of higher A/C voltages. This course then focuses on a greater understanding of the Canadian Electrical Code. There are a number of hands on lab exercises designed to reinforce the theory taught in class. Accepted by ASTTBC as the Electrical requirement for the Registered Fire Protection Technician stamp when combined with CFAA 4 – TELC 1143


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Fall 2022

Below is one offering of TELC 1142 for the Fall 2022 term.

CRN 45948


Sat Sep 17 - Sat Oct 29 (6 weeks)

  • 6 weeks
  • CRN 45948
  • $503.42
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 17 - Oct 29 Sat 08:00 - 15:30 Online


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. No class on October 8, 2022 (Thanksgiving weekend). Classes will be synchronous online delivery where students are required to log in and attend the virtual lectures and provide real-time interaction with the instructor. Text book required - CFAA 3 Electrical for Fire Alarm – available at the BCIT bookstore. Registration is processed on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED basis. In the event of cancellation, students will be notified. Ensure your contact information (e.g. personal email address) is current. Please sent your inquiries to

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Basic Electricity for Fire Alarm Inspection
  • Describe the characteristics of electrical and electronic devices used in fire protection systems.
  • Describe how the Canadian Electrical Code applies to fire protection systems.
  • Interpret labelling on electrical components.
  • Read electrical schematic drawings.
  • Test basic electrical and electronic devices used in fire protection systems.
  • Calculate current, voltage, and power in series, parallel, and series-parallel DC circuits.
  • Measure voltage, current and resistance in electrical circuits.
  • Locate faults in basic series, parallel and series-parallel DC circuits.

Effective as of Fall 2019


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