Certificate II in Fire Protection Inspection and Testing Trainee Technician Course

Designing Detection Systems
'Add On' Course for Annual Certifiers

Training Course Pathway
Fire Safety System Emergency Evacuation Plan Smoke Detector On Blueprint

About the course

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

This course is for annual certifiers / fire safety assessors who want to learn how to design detection and warning systems including smoke detection and alarm systems, smoke hazard management systems and occupant warning systems.

The course is an ‘add on’ course for participants who have enrolled in, or have completed, a Diploma of Fire Systems Design – Annual Certifier Stream course, where they studied designing detection systems.

Are there any special requirements needed to take this course?

  • Participants must have completed or enrolled in a Diploma of Fire Systems Design course.
  • Participants must be employed in the fire industry and have the capacity to 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 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
  • 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
  • Providing design documentation to support installation and commissioning processes
How long does the course take to complete?
  • The course is delivered over a period of 12 months across three learning blocks, each of approximately 4 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?

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Additional Training Opportunities
  • Participants can combine this course with the Designing Water Based Systems ‘Add On’ Course for Detection Systems Designers to meet the accreditation requirements for Fire Systems Design for Fire Sprinkler Systems (Level 1, 2, 3 and 4) and Fire Hydrant and Fire Reel Systems (Level 1, 2 and 3).
  • Please contact our support team to discuss combining courses to ensure you benefit from the best combination of courses to meet your specific needs.
I'm already experienced, is this course for me?
  • This course can be completed using a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) pathway.
  • Further details on the RPL pathway for this course can be found here.

Course Fees

Training Course Pathway $6,000

Pay by Instalments on a Payment Plan

    • $1,000 – Paid at enrolment
    • Balance payable in instalments of $750 per month
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Course outcomes

On successful completion of this course, participants will be awarded a Statement of Attainment for the following units of competency:

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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​