British Columbia Institute of


TELC 1143 - Electronics for Life Safety Systems

Electrical Trades Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

Course Details

​Canadian Fire Alarm Association Electronics course. Pre-requisite for CFAA 5. This course covers basic electronic theory which includes electron flow, current flow, impedance, inductance, and capacitance. Rectification of A/C power, the theory and operation of charging circuits, batteries, voltage regulation and testing these systems will also be discussed. The lab exercises are 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 3 – TELC 1142


TELC 1142





Fall 2019

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2019 term.

CRN 45953

Mon Oct 21 - Mon Dec 09 7 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Oct 21 - Dec 09 Mon/Wed 18:00 - 21:00 BBY SE01 Rm. 144



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. If you're a fire alarm technician, the Canadian Fire Alarm Association (CFAA) requires you to complete a five-subject theory-based program of study. For further information or general inquiries about certification as a fire alarm technician, please contact CFAA at or 1-800-529-0552. No class on November 11 (Remembrance day). This course DOES NOT carry a waiting list and early registration is highly recommended. Registration is processed FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED basis. Please note that if course becomes full, check this website frequently to see if someone de-registers. For inquiries, please email

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Work safely with electrical equipment.
  • 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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