National code: CPC32820

    Certificate III in Fire Protection

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    OverviewAbout this course

    Get the technical skills to start your career as a fire sprinkler fitter. Learn to safeguard residential, commercial and industrial properties through installing, testing and maintaining fire protection systems.

    OutcomesWhat you'll gain

    Learning outcomes

    Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

    • Fit domestic and residential safety sprinkler systems

    • Test and maintain fire hydrant and hose reel systems

    • Design pre-calculated fire sprinkler systems

    • Work with small and large water services

    • Activate devices and local alarms and install special hazard systems

    • Inspect and test control and indicate equipment

    Course outcomes

    Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

    • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate III level

    • A pathway start your own business as a fire protection sprinkler tradesperson

    • A pathway to further study in plumbing

    SuitabilityIs this course right for you?

    Entry requirements

    This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

    • Check the campus page for requirements to take this course as an apprenticeship

    • This course may also be offered as a non-apprenticeship. Enquire today to discuss your eligibility

    Completion requirements

    During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

    • A general construction induction card (commonly known as a white card) – you will need this before you can enter a construction site

    Entry recommendations

    To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

    • A reasonable level of fitness to handle the physical demands of the job

    • Completed Year 10 of high school or its equivalent

    • Employment in a relevant job or access to appropriate simulated workplace environments

    • Confidence working in different environments

    • PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) for access to campus workshop locations

    TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

    PathwaysFuture career and study options

    Career pathways

    Our graduates go onto roles like: fire sprinkler fitter tradesperson and fire sprinkler fitter.


    This is a licensed occupation. When you successfully complete the Certificate III in Fire Protection and applicable units from the Certificate IV in Plumbing (CPCPWT4011 and CPCCBC4012) you can apply for a water plumbing/fire protection systems licence with NSW Fair Trading. Visit [NSW Fair Trading] (,-draining-and-gasfitting) for more information.

    Study pathways

    Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

    Previous study0 Courses

    Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

    The Certificate III in Fire Protection does not have any pre-requisite courses.

    Further study1 Course

    Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

    Related study0 Courses

    Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

    The Certificate III in Fire Protection does not have any related courses.

    Your experience counts

    At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

    UnitsUnits taught in this course

    Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Fire Protection qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 37 units of competency, including 32 core and 5 speciality units.

    Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

    Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

    • Carry out interactive workplace communicationCPCPCM2039

    • Read plans, calculate quantities and mark out materialsCPCPCM2040

    • Work effectively in the plumbing services sectorCPCPCM2041

    • Carry out WHS requirementsCPCPCM2043

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    TAFE NSW servicesFacilities and support

    TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

    • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

    • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

    • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

    • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

    • TAFE NSW Libraries

    • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

    • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

    • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

    • Student associations – get social with our student community

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