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TECH Q & A (FAQ’s)

Fire Technicians Network Technician Certification Programme:

 


In Canada, there are now three professional associations that certify the boots on the ground in our industry, but we are an industry first.  The Fire Technicians Network provides Professional Certification for fire protection equipment service technologists and specialists in Canada and represents the Gold Standard of professional practice in the testing, service, maintenance, and installation of building life safety equipment and systems.

Professional Certification Programme

So what exactly sets us apart?

  • An unparalleled, open and comprehensive online knowledge base that has been providing the tools you need for ten years;
  • An expanded industry leading training programme;
  • Freely accessible, updated Test and Inspection FORMS;
  • Advocacy and mentoring;
  • Proactive oversight of Network Certified Technologists and Specialists;
  • Active industry participation ensures you’re up-to-date with the latest News & Bulletins;
  • Professional Practice Guidelines;
  • Code of Ethics and Conduct

 

We’ve significantly raised the bar in how we approach the way we monitor our technologists training and practice.  While we will always respond to complaints or concerns expressed by building owners (and from the Authority Having Jurisdiction), we also rely on a number of other cues and processes, unique to our association, that ensures our member’s professional conduct and practice remain in full compliance with local Codes, the relevant Standards, and the expectations we have of them (as expressed in our Code of Ethics and Conduct and our Professional Practice Guideline).  There simply isn’t a programme of its kind anywhere else in Canada (or North America for that matter).

Our technologists are uniquely poised to take on the challenges presented  by our 2015 National Building and Fire Codes (as adopted by your provincial authority).  In point of fact, our technologist members represent the apex of the fire protection service industry.

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Programmes & Services:
Training
Certification &
Special Services

 

 

Technical Forums:
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Questions?
Please contact us
by calling the number above or by clicking the email link!
 

 

TOOLS:
There are a number of in-depth technical articles, guides and special TOOLS you can access!
 

Forms:
We've updated the Fire Alarm Inspection and testing forms in our library.  Check out the latest versions on our Forms page!
 

 

In Memoriam
G. Richard (Rich) Morris
Celebrating a truly
remarkable life!

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In Memoriam
David Sylvester
CFAA Legend, Educator,
and Friend!

CFAA’s Tribute

 

 

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Programme High-lights

FTN

CFAA

ASTTBC

Training:

 

 

 

Does the association develop the training curriculum?

Yes

Yes 1

No

Does the association deliver the training (either in-house, on-line, or through association employed training facilitators)?

Yes

No

No

Does the association maintain an online component of their training curriculum?

Yes

No 2

No

Does the association provide the means to evaluate technician competence through hands-on practical testing?

Yes

No

No

Professional Development:

Does the association develop the certification criteria?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Are technicians required to achieve a minimum number of professional development hours?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Does the association require technicians to undergo formal Practice Reviews?

Yes

No 3

No 3

Does the association monitor their technician’s activities?

Yes

No 3

No 3

Are the professional development hours required for annual requalification?

Yes

Yes

No

Professional Practice:

Are technicians required to log their daily activities?

Yes

No

No

Are technicians provided with a resource to obtain answers to technical questions that may arise during an inspection or test?

Yes

No

No

Are technicians provided with report forms formatted to the requirements of their jurisdiction?

Yes

No

No

Does the association maintain a Professional Practice Guideline?

Yes

No

Yes 4

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1 CFAA produces a fire alarm technician training course, but relies on other training providers to deliver it.
2 CFAA offers their fire alarm technician training curriculum as a correspondence course.
3 Both ASTTBC and the CFAA will review a technician’s practice as part of an investigation resulting from a formal complaint filed against the technician.  ASTTBC conducts random Practice Reviews on a very limited basis.
4 ASTTBC released their new Standard of Practice (SoP) in December of 2018.


QUICK LINKS!

AHJ Training Courses are being offered by two (2) Canadian national associations:

  • The Canadian Fire Alarm Association (CFAA) - Please visit their website (link below) for information on one being held in your area.
  • The Fire Technicians Network (FTN) - Feel free to visit our Training Centre for available dates and cities!  To make arrangements for us to present our two day Course Programme in YOUR municipality, please Contact Us for details!

Canadian Fire Alarm Technician Certification:

Fire Protection Equipment Technicians (Extinguisher Service):

Fire Protection Equipment Technicians (British Columbia):

 

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