Certificate III in Fire Protection Inspection and Testing

This qualification applies to fire protection technicians responsible for non-trade installation, commissioning and complex servicing of fire protection systems or for supervision of fire protection services work.

At Certificate III level, fire protection technicians may specialise in activities relating to certain types of systems, such as:

installing and commissioning pre-engineered fire-suppression systems

installing gaseous fire-suppression system containers and actuators

conducting complex servicing of fire protection systems.


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

16 units of competency:

6 core units

10 elective units.

The elective units are to be chosen as follows:

a minimum of 4 units from Group A

up to 4 units from Group B

up to 4 vocationally relevant fire industry units from Certificate III or Certificate IV qualifications in the current versions of the following Training Packages:

add topic CPP07 Property Services Training Package

add topic CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package

add topic UEE07 Electrotechnology Training Package.

Core units of competency

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBWOR301A

Organise personal work priorities and development

add topic CPPCMN2002A

Participate in workplace safety arrangements

add topic CPPFES2004A

Identify types of installed fire safety equipment and systems

add topic CPPFES2005A

Demonstrate first attack firefighting equipment

add topic CPPFES2006A

Prepare for installation and servicing operations

add topic CPPFES2007A

Maintain quality of work and promote continuous improvement

Elective units of competency

Group A elective units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic CPPFES2003A

Safely move loads and dangerous goods

add topic CPPFES2047A

Inspect and test control and indicating equipment

add topic CPPFES3024A

Inspect and maintain portable foam-generating equipment

add topic CPPFES3032A

Conduct enclosure integrity testing

add topic CPPFES3038A

Inspect, test and maintain portable fire monitors

add topic CPPFES3040A

Install passive fire and smoke containment systems

add topic CPPFES3042A

Install and commission pre-engineered fire-suppression systems

add topic CPPFES3044A

Interpret installation requirements for gaseous fire-suppression systems

add topic CPPFES3045A

Install gaseous agent containers and actuators

add topic CPPFES3046A

Decommission gaseous agent containers and actuators

add topic CPCPFS3022A

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

add topic CPCPFS3023A

Conduct functional water flow testing

Group B elective units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBWHS301

Maintain workplace safety

add topic BSBCUS301

Deliver and monitor a service to customers

add topic BSBFLM303

Contribute to effective workplace relationships

add topic BSBFLM306

Provide workplace information and resourcing plans

add topic BSBFLM309

Support continuous improvement systems and processes

add topic BSBFLM311

Support a workplace learning environment

add topic BSBFLM312

Contribute to team effectiveness

add topic BSBWOR301A

Organise personal work priorities and development

add topic CPPCMN3001B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic HLTFA301C

Apply first aid

add topic TAEDEL301

Provide work skill instruction


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


listen to and understand work instructions, directions and feedback

speak clearly and directly to relay information

read and interpret workplace related documentation, such as Australian standards

write reports and documentation

interpret the needs of team members from clear information and feedback

apply basic numeracy skills to workplace requirements involving measuring and counting

establish and use networks

share information with other staff

negotiate responsively, e.g. about own work role and conditions, possibly with contractors

be appropriately assertive, e.g. in relation to safe or ethical work practices and own work role


work as an individual and a team member

work with diverse individuals and groups

apply knowledge of own role as part of a team

apply teamwork skills to a limited range of situations

identify and use the strengths of other team members

give feedback, coach and mentor


develop practical and creative solutions to workplace problems

show independence and initiative in identifying problems

solve problems individually or in teams

apply a range of strategies in problem solving

use numeracy skills to solve problems, e.g. time management and simple calculations

test assumptions and take context into account

listen to and resolve concerns in relation to workplace issues

resolve client concerns relative to workplace responsibilities

Initiative and enterprise

adapt to new situations

be creative in response to workplace challenges

identify opportunities that might not be obvious to others

generate a range of options in response to workplace matters

translate ideas into action

develop innovative solutions within established guidelines

Planning and organising

collect, analyse and organise information

use basic business systems for planning and organising

be appropriately resourceful

take initiative and make decisions within workplace role and authorised limits

participate in continuous improvement and planning processes

work within or establish clear work goals and deliverables

determine or apply required resources

allocate resources to tasks and workplace requirements

manage time and priorities

adapt resource allocations to cope with contingencies


be self-motivated

articulate own ideas and vision

balance own ideas, values and vision with workplace values and requirements

monitor and evaluate own performance

take responsibility at the appropriate level


be open to learning new ideas and techniques

learn in a range of settings, including informal learning

participate in ongoing learning

learn in order to accommodate change

learn new skills and techniques

take responsibility for own learning

contribute to the learning of others by sharing information

apply a range of learning approaches

develop own learning pathways

participate in developing own learning plans, for example as part of performance management


use technology and related workplace equipment

use basic technology skills to organise data

adapt to new technology skill requirements

apply OHS knowledge when using technology

apply technology as a management tool