SPRINKLER AND FIRE PROTECTION INSTALLER TRADE
February 2, 2017
The purpose of this communiqué is to provide information about the latest developments relating to the sprinkler and fire protection installer trade.
On March 19, 2013, sprinkler and fire protection installers requested through their trade board a review of their “voluntary trade” classification. A voluntary trade, as defined by the Ontario College of Trades (College), is a trade in which certification and College membership are not legally required to practice the trade.
Following a public consultation led by an independent review panel, the College received on April 23, 2014, the panel’s decision that the trade should be reclassified as a compulsory trade. A compulsory trade, as defined by the College, is a trade in which registration as an apprentice or journeyperson candidate, or certification as a journeyperson, is mandatory.
Ontario Regulation 20/15, Compulsory and Voluntary Trades, a regulation made under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009, was filed on February 2, 2015. Under this regulation, the sprinkler and fire protection installer trade becomes a compulsory trade on February 2, 2017. The reclassification of this trade will result in a number of changes, including the following:
- In order to continue to work legally in Ontario, persons in the sprinkler and fire protection installer trade will be required to be members in good standing of the College in one of the following membership classes:
- Apprentices Class (statement of membership);
- Journeyperson Candidates Class (statement of membership); or
- Journeypersons Class (Certificate of Qualification/Provisional Certificate of Qualification issued by the College).
- Only persons in the membership classes listed above will be able to do the following:
- practise the sprinkler and fire protection installer trade, i.e. do the work;
- be employed or otherwise engaged to do the work of sprinkler and fire protection installers; and
- use the trade title “Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer” (or any abbreviation of that title) to describe themselves or their work.
- Only members of the Journeypersons Class who hold a valid Certificate of Qualification issued by the College can use the title “Journeyperson”.
To determine whether a person in the sprinkler and fire protection installer trade is qualified by the College to be working in the trade, one can consult the College’s Public Register.
The College is currently hosting discussions with the Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer Trade Board, the Canadian Fire Alarm Association and the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM), to clarify a number of points related to the application of the new requirements. The OFMEM will provide to the fire service updates in regard to these discussions in the near future.
Enquiries regarding the matter outlined above should be directed to the College. Contact information can be found on the College’s Web site.