National code: CPC32820

Certificate III in Fire Protection

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Overview About 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.

Outcomes What 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

Suitability Is 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.

Pathways Future 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 study 0 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 study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 0 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.

Units Units 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.

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.

  • Inspect and test fire pumpsets CPCPFS3041

  • Test the integrity of water-based fire protection systems using pressure CPCPFS3046

  • Use plumbing hand and power tools CPCPCM2046

  • Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems CPCPFS3031

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TAFE NSW services Facilities 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

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • 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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