Fire Protection Technician Project Based Training Program

Fire Protection Technician Project Based Training Program

January 30, 2018

We are no longer running this program – the last class graduates March 8, 2018.

Please visit this page often for updates or new program information.  Thank you.

Information about the program – funding ends March 31, 2018:

Are you looking for a new challenging technical career, enjoy working with customers and are ready to work? You may be interested in becoming a fire protection technician and may be eligible for this free intensive training program.

Are you eligible to participate?

  1. Must be living in BC as one of the following: Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident of Canada or “Protected Person” legally entitled to work;
  2. Be either Unemployed, or Employed but Underemployed, or Employed and Low-Skilled;
  3. Not eligible if you are on Employment Insurance (EI) or have been on EI in the past 5 years;
  4. Not a full-time student;
  5. Not actively participating in another provincially or federally funded labour market program at the time of training
  6. For Immigrants or Protected Person, meet a minimum spoken and listening English proficiency of Canadian Language Benchmark 7 or equivalent
  7. Must be customer service oriented
  8. Have a driver’s license or eligible to obtain a driver’s license
  9. Meet physical demands of the fire protection work: walk a lot, lift 30 lbs, climb a ladder, lift arms above head for prolonged period, read monitors
  10. Have a technical aptitude and understands applied math and science
  11. Ready to work hard during the program
  12. Pass a criminal record check
  13. Available to work once the program is finished

If you answered yes, you may be eligible for a no-cost intensive training program championed by ASTTBC and funded by the Government of Canada through the B.C.-Canada Job Fund.

ASTTBC is proud to offer this government funded training program for BC’s unemployed or underemployed in the field of Fire Protection Technicians!  What does a Fire Protection Technician do? They test and inspect fire equipment and systems in buildings. Learn more at about this great career with lots of opportunity:

Benefits for Participants

The Fire Protection Technician Project Based Training is a customized 6-week training program that embeds Fire Protection Technician training including 2 job shadowing opportunities. The training will include Fire Protection Technician endorsements leading to certification making it immediately relevant and applicable to the labour market.

At the end of the 6-week intensive program, participants could benefit from the following:

  • Train in the Fire Protection Technician field with a focus extinguisher testing, back flow, special suppression and water based fire protection equipment and systems
  • Learn relevant workplace customer service, relevant building and fire codes, standards and ASTTBC Code of Ethics
  • Gain certifications in WHIMIS, First Aid and Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • Experience fire protection technician work with 2 job shadowing opportunities with employers at various job sites
  • Gain skills in the growing field of Fire Protection in addition to other technical opportunities


  • Training times are Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm except 6 days of 10 hour days: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
  • Locations: Burnaby – Sprott Shaw School of Trades, BCIT and ACME Fire
  • Travel with fire protection employers – times may vary
  • Training provided by industry experts on a variety of fire protection technician topics



How to Register?  

Complete the fillable PDF application below and email to fp (at) or fax to 604-585-2790

FP Technician Training Program Application 2017

Want to  know more about the last round of classes or not sure if this program is for you?  Check out testimonials from past students and supporting employers:

Testimonials students 2016-2017

Testimonials employers 2016-2017

You can also go to youtube and search what a fire protection technician does for videos.  There are local companies in the lower mainland that have produced excellent videos.