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.

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.

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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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How Competenz engages with the fire protection industry

We work closely with the industry to understand, develop and maintain the qualifications fire protection companies need to build their employees’ skills and, in turn, their businesses.

Regular meetings with the industry play a big part in this work. Companies and industry associations are active members of our Fire Protection Sector Advisory Group. They are also heavily involved in the work underway to review the industry’s qualifications. See TRoQ for more information.

Careers information

What does it involve?

People involved in the fire protection industry install, maintain, inspect and test the equipment that detects and helps fight fires in buildings right across New Zealand.

What kind of jobs could I do?

The fire protection industry offers a wide variety of career options. Jobs include:

  • surveying, selecting, installing, commissioning and maintaining hand-operated firefighting equipment
  • installing, commissioning, inspecting and testing fire protection and detection systems (e.g. alarms and sprinklers).

How could I get into the industry?

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

How much could I earn?

Between $30,000 and $50,000 per year (newly qualified). This increases with experience.