Certificate III in Fire Protection

This qualification provides a trade outcome in installing, testing and maintaining fire protection systems.

Occupational titles may include:

Fire protection systems technician.

The qualification has core and elective unit of competency requirements that cover some common skills for the plumbing industry, as well as fire protection specialist units of competency.

The plumbing industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.


To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

37 units of competency:

31 core units

6 elective units.

Some units in this qualification may have prerequisite requirements, which must be met when packaging the qualification. Users are referred to the list of add topic CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package for this purpose.

Core units

add topic CPCPCM2039A

Carry out interactive workplace communication

add topic CPCPCM2040A

Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities

add topic CPCPCM2041A

Work effectively in the plumbing and services sector

add topic CPCPCM2043A

Carry out WHS requirements

add topic CPCPCM2045A

Handle and store plumbing materials

add topic CPCPCM2046A

Use plumbing hand and power tools

add topic CPCPCM2047A

Carry out levelling

add topic CPCPCM2048A

Cut and join sheet metal

add topic CPCPCM2049A

Cut using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment

add topic CPCPCM2050A

Mark out materials

add topic CPCPCM2052A

Weld using oxy-acetylene equipment

add topic CPCPCM2053A

Weld using manual metal arc welding equipment

add topic CPCPCM3023A

Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping

add topic CPCPFS2021A

Connect static storage tanks for fixed fire protection systems

add topic CPCPFS3030A

Design pre-calculated fire sprinkler systems

add topic CPCPFS3031A

Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems

add topic CPCPFS3034A

Install control valve assemblies, actuating devices and local alarms

add topic CPCPFS3036A

Install special hazard systems

add topic CPCPFS3037A

Install domestic and residential life safety sprinkler systems

add topic CPCPFS3038A

Test and maintain fire hydrant and hose reel installations

add topic CPCPFS3044A

Install distribution and range pipes

add topic CPCPFS3045A

Fit off sprinkler heads, controls and ancillary equipment

add topic CPCPFS3046A

Test the integrity of water-based fire protection systems using pressure

add topic CPCPFS3047A

Test and maintain automatic fire sprinklers

add topic CPCPMS3031A

Fabricate and install steel pressure piping

add topic CPCPWT3025A

Install water pumpsets

add topic CPCPWT3028A

Install water services

add topic CPPFES2025A

Inspect, test and maintain gaseous fire-suppression systems

add topic CPPFES2043A

Prevent ozone depleting substance and synthetic greenhouse gas emissions

add topic CPPFES2047A

Inspect and test control and indicating equipment

add topic HLTFA211A

Provide basic emergency life support

Elective units

add topic CPCCCM2008B

Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

add topic CPCCCM2010B

Work safely at heights

add topic CPCCCM3001C

Operate elevated work platforms

add topic CPCCPB3015A

Install acoustic and thermal environmental protection systems

add topic CPCCRI3001A

Operate personnel and materials hoists

add topic CPCCST2005A

Carry out load slinging of off-site materials

add topic CPCPCM2054A

Carry out simple concreting and rendering

add topic CPCPCM2055A

Work safely on roofs

add topic CPCPCM3021A

Flash penetrations through roofs and walls

add topic CPCPCM3022A

Weld polyethylene and polypropylene pipes using fusion method

add topic CPCPFS2022A

Install portable fire equipment

add topic CPCPFS3040A

Conduct basic functional testing of water-based fire-suppression systems

add topic CPCPFS3041A

Inspect and test fire pumpsets

add topic CPCPFS3042A

Conduct annual functional testing of complex water-based fire-suppression systems

add topic CPCPFS3043A

Conduct functional water flow testing

add topic CPCPFS3048A

Install fixed fire pumpsets

add topic CPCPFS3049A

Conduct preventive maintenance on fixed fire pumpsets

add topic CPCPWT3029A

Install water pipe systems

add topic CPCPWT3030A

Install home fire sprinkler systems

add topic CPPCMN2002A

Participate in workplace safety arrangements

add topic CPPFES2006A

Prepare for installation and servicing operations

add topic RIICCM210D

Install trench support


    This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

This is a licensed occupation. Check with relevant state and territory licensing and regulatory authorities. State and territory jurisdictions may have different regulatory requirements.

Employability Skills

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification


Communicates with clients, colleagues and others using effective and appropriate communication techniques, including:

Clear and direct communication

Active listening

Verbal and non-verbal language

Questioning to identify and confirm requirements

Language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences

Follows instructions from supervisor and other relevant persons

Understands, interprets and applies information as required from:

Regulatory, legislative, licensing and organisational requirements

Environmental and work health and safety (WHS) requirements, including safety data sheets (SDS)

Codes and standards

Plans, drawings and specifications


Load tables


Safety signs and symbols

Organisational policies and procedures

Understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols, abbreviations and language

Uses industry-accepted visual communications, including hand signals

Reports and records routine workplace and regulatory information, including test data

Applies measurements and calculations using appropriate equipment, formulas and records as required

Reports and records hazards and risks

Produces drawings and sketches


Works as part of a team

Provides assistance and encouragement to other team members

Initiates and encourages improvements in team performance

Works with others to plan and sequence tasks

Identifies and uses the strengths of other team members

Relates to people from diverse social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities

Participates in workplace meetings

Problem solving

Responds effectively to hazards, risks, emergencies and first aid situations

Examines tools and equipment prior to use for damage, missing components or other defects

Identifies typical faults and problems and takes remedial actions and/or reports to supervisor

Rectifies simple faults with tools and equipment

Tests systems, components and services

Locates and repairs gas leaks

Assesses roof work site safety

Initiative and enterprise

Maximises use of resources by recycling, re-using or using appropriate disposal methods

Responds to change and workplace challenges

Designs pre-calculated fire sprinkler systems

Determines requirements for installations

Planning and organising

Prepares work area

Identifies and obtains necessary documentation

Collects, analyses and organises workplace information

Selects and uses appropriate materials, tools and equipment

Carries out site inspections

Determines material quantity requirements and conformity to requirements

Coordinates delivery of materials

Determines installation requirements

Fabricates and installs systems and components

Installs water services, pumps and meters

Prioritises and sequences tasks

Applies time management skills to ensure work is completed to time requirements

Self management

Recognises obligations and accepts responsibility for own work and safety

Recognises quality requirements and completes work to expected standard

Identifies personal career development needs and sets own and team work goals

Participates in workplace induction

Cleans up work area, including tools and equipment

Seeks support to improve work performance


Identifies own learning needs and seeks skill development as required

Is open to learning new ideas and techniques

Participates in workplace induction


Uses electricity and electrical equipment safely

Uses and operates a range of tools and equipment correctly and safely

Properly starts up, operates and shuts down equipment

Identifies technological trends that may affect the plumbing and services sector

Carries out pre- and post-operational checks on tools and equipment

Performs tool and equipment maintenance as required