fire protection

Fire protection

Protect and detect. The fire protection industry’s in the business of keeping four million New Zealanders and thousands of buildings safe, 365 days a year.

Careers information

What do they do?

Fire protection engineers detect and protect. The fire protection industry’s in the business of keeping four million New Zealanders and thousands of buildings safe, 365 days a year. It includes surveying, selecting, installing, commissioning and maintaining hand-operated firefighting equipment, fire protection systems and fire detection systems

Typical day

Sometimes an 8 hour day; sometimes on shift work rosters or on call. Work can include discussing clients’ fire protection needs and surveying their fire risk as well as selecting, commissioning and maintaining firefighting and fire safety equipment (from hand-operated tools to entire protection and/or detection systems).

How could I get into the industry?

Contact businesses involved in this sector (e.g. Wormald, Argus Fire, First Fire, and Fire Security Services).

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

• English or Media Studies or History

• Maths or Accounting or Economics 

• Science or Workshop Technologies 

• Computing/ICT /Information Management 

Attributes

• Good at precision work

• Confidence with IT, computers, technology 

• Good work habits/time management

• Good at problem solving / creative

Helpful experience

• Customer service or helping people

• Making or fixing things

• Selling or persuading people

• Working with machinery

Preferred work environments

• Inside (retail/shop/etc...)

• Lots of different places every day

Career Pathway

School Entry level jobs Advancing jobs Senior jobs

Ieally, NCEA Level 2 passes in:

Maths

Science (Physics)

Technology (Metal Work)

English

Fire Protection Engineer

Team Leader

Supervisor

Business Manager

Business Owner

Unit/Achievement standards in schools Traineeship Higher learning Higher learning

How much could I earn?

Icn Money

Newly qualified

$30k - $50k

What do we offer?

  • We partner with industry associations and members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential apprentices, and encouraging work placements.
  • We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences, and help celebrate your learners’ success. 
  • When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the fire protection industry and the skills learners and businesses need to gain.

National qualifications

These qualifications are intended for people moving into or already employed in the fire protection industry.

You can achieve the Level 3 national certificate qualifications through a two-year traineeship or apprentice programme, and can continue on to a national certificate qualification at Level 4.

You can achieve the Level 4 national certificate qualifications through a three- to four-year traineeship or apprentice programme, and can continue on to a national diploma qualification at Level 5.

This qualification is designed for people in the fire protection industry whose work involves surveying, selecting, installing, commissioning and maintaining hand operated fire-fighting equipment.

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This qualification is designed for people in the fire protection industry whose work involves inspecting and testing fire detection and alarm systems.

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This qualification is designed for people in the fire protection industry whose work involves installing fire sprinkler systems or testing fire sprinkler systems and fixed special hazards fire protection systems.

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This qualification is designed for people who want to be recognised as an Independent Qualified Person (IQP) for routine inspections and verifying continued compliance of Passive Fire Protection (PFP) in buildings under the New Zealand Building Code.

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This qualification is designed for people undertaking non-routine inspections of passive fire protection (PFP) in buildings to assess whether they comply with building consents.

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This qualification is designed for technicians in the fire protection industry whose work involves installing and maintaining fire detection and alarm systems.

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This qualification is designed for technicians in the fire protection industry whose work involves inspecting and testing fire safety systems.

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.

This qualification is designed for people in the fire protection industry whose work involves installing, commissioning, testing and servicing fire sprinkler systems and special hazards fixed fire protection systems.

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.

This qualification is intended for qualified trades people in the Fire Protection industry looking to advance their technical, business, and overall leadership knowledge and skills in a supervisory or certifier role, or to gain a qualification at an advanced trade level.

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