Registered Fire Protection Technician Program Overview
Becoming a Registered Fire Protection Technician (RFPT) is an excellent professional choice. It’s in high demand with strong potential earnings with a limited educational investment.
There are 20 jurisdictions in the province of BC that require you to be an RFPT to inspect and test Fire Protection equipment. To do the work you must have a stamp.
For full certification you need the courses and the experience. The most common endorsements are Portable Fire Extinguishers (EX), Unit Emergency Lighting Systems (EM), Fire Alarm Systems (AL) and Water-Based Systems (WA).
If you’re not already employed with a Fire Protection Company, you need to get experience somehow. People just starting out should begin taking courses (or at least register for them) and then approach employers looking for work. If they know you’re getting the recognized training they’ll see that as an asset and will be more likely to hire you as a trainee.
Much of the recognized training is done at BCIT. There are several other programs and courses that are recognized, please contact us for more information.
On the BCIT website you can enter “Fire Protection” in the search engine and the program will appear. Courses are designed and taught by people who work in the industry – so they are most often offered at night and on weekends.
When you’ve gathered the minimum experience and education, you’re ready to apply. Be prepared for a fairly in-depth application. As a registrant with a professional regulator we require a lot of information – so we ask a lot of questions! You will need to show us that you’ve met the minimum requirements. You’ll need to fill out a log-book, show proof of education and give us the names and email addresses of a few people you’ve worked with.
We will also need a criminal record check, original copies of your transcripts and a Letter of Good Character (this will be provided by ASTTBC for you to complete).
Submit the application with payment. We need payment before we can process anything. If your employer is paying for it have them call us.
Processing time: you can expect the whole process to take at least a month or two depending on volumes and the accuracy of your application. Usually what holds applications up are incomplete applications, the wrong email address of a reference or missing documents.
The Credentials Committee will review your application and either approve or asks for more information.
Ethics Module: Our association has a Code of Ethics and our members must abide by it. When you apply, we will send you a link to a module that you must read and then take an exam. This is part of the initial application process.
Fees involved with getting certified:
Initial application fee: 269.06
Code of Ethics Exam: 250.00
Annual membership dues: 450 dollars per year.
Once you get your first stamp, you may want to add endorsements when you are ready. You must then submit an application to “Add an Endorsement”. The fee for this is 188.32 (you have to buy another stamp too, $115.50)