Become a Technician
Do you have what it takes to become a Registered Fire Protection Technician (RFPT)?
What does a day in the life of an RFPT look like?
- Be on your feet all day wearing steel-toed boots
- Travel to client sites every day
- Test and inspect fire protection and life safety systems*
- Do light physical labour i.e. light lifting, climbing ladders, moving equipment
- Use your hands to do manual dexterity work
- Apply basic algebra/math calculations i.e. electrical volts or water pressure
- Communicate with clients and co-workers
- Provide outstanding customer service and enjoy working with customers
- Complete written reports and tags
- Solve problems and trouble shoot
- Read, interpret and apply Fire Protection Codes and Standards
- Adhere to the ASTTBC Code of Ethics
- Typically work for a fire protection service company
*Commercial Kitchen Suppression Systems includes cleaning
Note: many ticketed trades people who want a less physical job are a great fit for this field – for example: electricians and sprinkler fitters.
RFPTs in DEMAND!
RFPTs are in demand. There is a lot of opportunity to work in the field once you have become certified in an endorsement….. getting that first job is often difficult, but do able. Here are some ideas and tips how to get started:
What do you need to do to start your career in fire protection?
- Read the competency list of the 10 RFPT endorsements
- Determine which one or more of the 10 endorsements fit your knowledge, skills and abilities
- If you don’t have any knowledge, skills or abilities in any of the endorsements, which one or more is interesting to you?
- Review the certification policy for the endorsements you are interested in. To be fully certified, recognized training is not enough, you will need to work for a fire protection company to obtain experience towards your certification – this is critical.
- Once you have determined which endorsement(s) you want to focus on, research companies in your area that do the work. Contact the companies either through their websites, call them or drop by and ask them if they would take on a new hire, eager to learn.
- Review the education requirements for each endorsement, some of them you can take classes at public or private educational institutions or online.
- Consider registering for one of the educational classes. This extra effort could be especially appealing for fire protection service companies.
- Persistence and determination will pay off in the end!
Do you want to learn more about the RFPT endorsements?
Are you ready to apply to become a RFPT?