Following an open and public consultation, an independent Review Panel determined on April 23, 2014 that the trade of Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer should be reclassified as compulsory.
On November 30, 2016 the College held an open discussion with the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, the Canadian Fire Alarm Association and the Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer Trade Board, for the benefit of providing clarification concerning the inspection, testing, maintenance and repair of Fire Suppression Systems and Fire Alarm Systems. The attached communique identifies the approach that will be taken to assign regulatory oversight. Further information is available by clicking here.
To ease the process of changing the trade’s classification from voluntary to compulsory, the Ontario College of Trades (the College) is taking a two-year implementation approach. During the full two-year period, starting February 2, 2015, the trade will remain voluntary. However, on February 2, 2017 there will be a number of requirements that change in terms of the practice of the trade.
Membership in the College, along with a valid Certificate of Qualification is key to being in compliance in a compulsory trade. When the classification changes, individuals in the Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer trade will need to be members in good standing in one of the College’s following membership classes in order to continue to work legally:
· 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.
When the Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer trade becomes compulsory, only members of the College in the above membership classes can:
· practice (do the work) of Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installers;
· be employed or otherwise engaged to do the work of the trade; and
· use the compulsory trade title (or any abbreviation of that title) to describe themselves or their work (e.g. Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer).
In addition, as of February 2, 2017, only members of the Journeypersons Class of the College who hold a valid College-issued Certificate of Qualification:
· can use the title “Journeyperson”; and,
· count as journeypersons for ratio purposes.