A CERTI-FIRE electrician has successfully completed an intensive, four level certification program acceptable to the Ontario Fire Marshal. It guarantees the expertise required to assess your needs, install the correct technology, and maintain and monitor your fire alarm system. It’s one-stop fire alarm security and peace of mind.
“ As a former electrical contractor with RFAC designation who employed Certi-Fire electricians, I can tell you it increased our firms ability to obtain, perform and complete the fire alarm work."
Level 1 – Conventional Fire Alarm Control Panels & Installation of Input & Output Devices
This portion of the program gives an overview of the industry and also covers; classes of wiring, installation of fire alarm systems, alarm & supervisory initiating devices, signaling devices, ancillary & auxiliary control devices, annunciators, power supplies & meters, do comprehension (ULC, OFC, OBC, Electrical Code).
The practical component of the program involves wire up devices to control panel, troubleshoot wiring & control panel, wiring for Class A & B circuits, demonstrate proper use of meters.
Students will have a take home assignment to test for knowledge of codes.
Level 2 – Integrated Fire Alarm Control EVAC Systems & Fire Alarm Extinguishing Control Panels
This program reviews verification & certification of fire alarm systems; ULC S537, EVAC system, extinguishing control panels, automatic extinguishing systems and fire pumps.
The practical component involves troubleshooting, calculation of supervisory currents and verification & report (conventional fire alarm systems)
Students will be required to complete a take home assignment, layout a voice communication system and complete schematic drawings for control panel modules for various extinguishing systems.
Level 3 – Internal Components of Fire Alarm Control Panels
Students will cover testing & inspection of fire alarm systems, ULC S536, operation of fire alarm control panel, electronic components (resistors, capacitors, diodes, transistors, & IC's), measuring and testing, circuit board operation and DC power supplies, batteries & battery charges.
In this practical component the students will complete troubleshooting, comparison of various fire alarm manufacturers' equipment and perform testing & inspection, ULC S536 standard.
Students will be required to design and layout a conventional fire alarm system.
Level 4 – Advanced Fire Alarm Control Panel: Addressable Digital & Analog Devices
Students will review a variety of systems such as; distributed systems, numbering systems & codes, wiring of addressable systems, advanced fire alarm control panels, addressable devices, data transmission & transponders and power quality.
Students will complete wiring of addressable systems, addressing devices, power up panel, test circuits and power supplies for voltages, verification & report (addressable fire alarm system).
Students will be required to convert an existing conventional system to an addressable system.
Updating Course Requirements
As a requirement of the Ontario Fire Marshal's Office, every electrician certified under the ECAO CERTI-FIRE Fire Alarm & Protection Program must renew their certification every five years. This requires taking an updating course that includes:
- Review of the OFC and OBC
- Review of ULC S524 standard for installation of fire alarm systems
- Review of ULC S536 standard for testing and inspection
- Review of ULC S537 standard for verification of fire alarm systems
- Numbering systems, addressing devices, programming access
- Wiring of addressable systems, active & supporting field devices
- Troubleshooting procedures
- Assignment – retrofitting an existing building wired with a conventional fire alarm system