Certificate II in Fire Protection Inspection and Testing Trainee Technician Course

Course Code : CPC50520

Diploma of fire systems design

Combined Annual Certifier and Fire Detection Stream

Training Course Pathway

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About the course

Nationally Recognised Training Registered Training Organisations (RTO): Fundamental Servicing of Fire Detection and Alarm Systems

This combined course is for practitioners to learn how to:

  • inspect existing fire systems; assess compliance with the relevant legislation, codes and standards; and report on whether they continue to perform to appropriate fire safety standards; and
  • prepare detailed technical designs and documentation for fire detection and warning systems, including smoke detection and alarm systems, smoke hazard management systems and occupant warning systems.

The course is designed for inexperienced fire safety assessors / annual certifiers, and fire systems designers, or anyone wanting to extend their skills and knowledge.

Are there any special requirements needed to take this course?

  • Participants must be employed in the fire industry and have the capacity to:
      • undertake the inspection of a range of complex building types to determine and report on the performance of fire safety measures installed in the building; and
      • complete fire systems designs and documentation for actual construction projects
  • Participants require access to a personal computer or tablet to enable use of the on-line learning system.
  • Participants must have access to the following software to support production of designs and documentation:
      • Computer Aided Design (CAD) or appropriate drawing software
      • Software to complete electrical calculations
      • Word processing and spreadsheets
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What does the course cover?

The course provides participants with the skills and knowledge for a successful career as a fire safety assessor / annual certifier of fire protection systems, and a fire systems designer of fire detection and warning systems.  The course covers:

  • Determining the requirements for fire systems in accordance with relevant legislation, codes and standards
  • Evaluating fire system technologies and components
  • Reviewing fire systems plans, specifications and documents to determine the required level of performance
  • Undertaking building inspections to identify the level of compliance and performance of fire systems
  • Reporting on the findings of fire safety inspections
  • Creating detailed designs and specifications for fire detection and warning systems including smoke detection and alarm systems, zone and air pressurisation systems, smoke and heat vents, smoke exhaust systems, occupant warning and communication systems
  • Producing 2D drawings of fire systems
How long does the course take to complete?
  • The course is delivered over a period of 18-24 months across three learning blocks, each of approximately 6 months in duration
How is the course delivered?
  • The course is delivered via a combination of on-line learning and workshops
  • The workshops will be delivered through a combination of online and in-person sessions.
  • Participants are supported throughout the learning process by our industry experts.
How does the course link to Licensing or Accreditation requirements?
  • This course meets the FPAS application requirements for Fire Safety Assessment for 23 of the 36 fire safety measures; and
  • The FPAS application requirements for Fire Systems Design for Fire Detection and Alarm Systems (Level 1, 2 and 3)


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Course Fees

Training Course Pathway $13,000

Pay by Instalments on a Payment Plan

    • $1,000 – Paid at enrolment
    • Balance payable in instalments of $1500 per month
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Course outcomes

On successful completion of this course, participants will be awarded the qualification CPC50520 Diploma of Fire Systems Design with the following units:

Unit Code:
Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
Define scope and hazard level of fire systems design projects
Research and interpret detailed fire systems design project requirements
Research and evaluate fire system technologies and components
Produce 2D architectural drawings using design software
Develop plans and methodology for fire systems design projects
Create detailed designs for fire detection and warning systems
Provide design documentation and review and support fire system installation processes
Support commissioning processes and finalise fire systems design projects​
Read and interpret plans and specifications
Conduct annual fire systems certification inspections
Assess documentation for annual fire systems certification inspections

Participants also receive a Statement of Attainment for the following unit of competency:

Unit Code:
Report on a quality audit