Canada has one of the worst fire loss records in the industrialized world.



Careers in the sprinkler trade (CSC) | Made in the Trades video

Sprinkler And Fire Protection Installer | Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act | Designated Red Seal Trade

Read and interpret drawings, specifications and fire codes to determine layout requirements

  • Install clamps, brackets and hangers to support piping systems and sprinkler and fire protection equipment using hand and power tools

  • Sprinkler system installers fabricate, install, test, maintain and repair water, foam, carbon dioxide and dry chemical sprinkler systems in buildings for fire protection purposes

  • Install valves, alarms and associated equipment

  • Use air or liquid pressure equipment to test systems for leaks

  • Perform work indoors on residential and commercial buildings

Personal Qualities

  • You may be required to work in cramped areas or at considerable heights

  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time

  • You need to be in good physical condition to carry materials

  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional qualities required

Career Opportunities

  • Contractors in the institutional, commercial and industrial sectors are major employers, as are maintenance departments of factories, plants and similar establishments

  • Companies that specialize in fire protection are also employers

  • The majority of sprinkler and fire protection installer tradespersons are unionized workers

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 10; however, employers and unions may require Grade 12

  • Completion of a 4 year apprenticeship program at 1,800 hours per year

If you have completed 7,200 hours of on the job experience/training and have not completed the apprenticeship program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification

Training Availability | Apprenticeship Training

Sprinkler Fitters Local 853
60 Shields Court
Markham, ON

Potential Earnings

  • Apprentices progress initially from 40% to 80% of journeyperson’s wages over time

  • Wages1 range from $16.00 to $38.60 an hour, excluding overtime, with journeypersons usually earning the higher end of the pay scale

Prospects For Employment

  • Ratio for journeyperson/apprentice is 1:1

Financial Incentives

  • Employers who employ first, second and third year apprentices can apply for the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit

  • Employers who employ first and second year apprentices can apply for the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit

  • Apprentices are able to apply for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant

Apprentices may also be able to apply for the Tradesperson’s Tools Tax Deduction



Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association
Tel: (905) 477-2270
Fax: (905) 477-3611