Fire Alarm Continuing Education… in class or online
We offer continuing education for Registered Fire Alarm Technicians, which gives you credits toward your annual quotas for registration renewal. You need 8 credits a year, of which 2 must be “Category 1” and the rest can be any CFAA Category. We offer both Category 1 (CFAA-sponsored) and Category 7 (from Post-Secondary institution). If like most technicians, you renew annually with CFAA, credits must be taken within the 12 months preceding your renewal. If you renew every two years, the credits must be taken within the preceding 24 months. More info at www.cfaa.ca/cecreditform.aspx. If your employer will pay for this training, they may be eligible for government help with the cost. Contact us if you would like to explore this.
Before your renewal date in 2023, CFAA requires each technician to take 4 “mandatory” credits on Communication and Report Writing, available here. or in class with us (See below). You can split the 4 credits into 2 renewal years if you wish.
Online Video Training — 24 hours a day:
Live Instructor-Led Zoom and Classroom Sessions:
We frequently offer day-long continuing education sessions. Class sizes are limited to 35 people, so you receive personal attention for the questions that matter to you. You receive a full pdf with presentation notes. With these credits plus two mandatory CFAA credits you can fill all of your requirements for one year.
September 27 2022
CFAA’s 4 mandatory credits on Communications and Report Writing, plus a Verification Refresher. 8 credits.
instructor Rick Murray, C.E.T., L.E.L., Eng.L. B.C., CFI-1, GIFireE
Current Continuing Ed Topics Available (Live or Online)
- Verification Refresher
- Brings technicians up to date on recent code changes affecting verifications, and reviews and reinforces best practices in Verifications under CAN/ULC S537-13.
- Smoke Control, Sequences of Operation and Fire Safety Risk Assessment for Fire Alarm Technicians (6 hours)
- Smoke Control (3 hours): Understand purposes and configurations of smoke control, and related technician responsibilities and opportunities.
- Sequence of Operations (2 hours): Know the concepts, recognize typical documentation, know how to inspect and understand your responsibilities.
- Fire Safety Risk Assessment (1 hour): Be able to find, size up and compare life safety, personal and business risks in fire alarm work; think about business and CFAA ethics in your decisions.
- Critical Fire Alarm Updates (8 hours). Consists of:
- Building Code Changes (3 hours): Discusses changes in effect Jan. 1 2020 in Ontario, including changes to CAN/ULC standards S524 and S537.
- Electromagnetic Locking Devices (Maglocks) (1.5 hours): The new rules and practical advice.
- CAN/ULC-S1001, Integrated Systems Testing of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems (1.5 hours): Practical implications of the new standard.
- Fire Safety Plans (1 hour): What you need to know.
- Knowledge Test
- The Real Effects of Fire: Emerging Trends (8 hours). Consists of:
- Fire Code Retrofit (3 hours): Discusses the history leading to new regulations, in place in Ontario and Quebec and in discussion in Alberta and BC, on Fire Code Retrofit of Vulnerable Occupancies. Discusses those regulations.
- Life Cycle of a Fire Alarm (1.5 hours): Highlights events in the life cycle of a system that require decisions, maintenance, inspections or upgrades.
- Logbook (1.5 hours): Examines in detail the correct use of logbooks for systems.
- Knowledge Test
- Intricacies of Verification and Inspection (8 hours): Highlights tricky areas of ULC S537-04 and ULC S536-04, and how to navigate them.