Program Overview

Fires can happen anytime, anywhere, with devastating consequences. Fire safety systems are the first line of defense for lives and property in the event of a fire. Fire Safety Systems is a one-year college certificate program that provides training for students to be employable as a Fire Alarm Technician who will ensure that others are adequately protected in a fire emergency. Become part of the solution to saving lives and property in Canada.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Certificate
30 weeks

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
2024 September

International Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
2023 September

Your Learning Experience

One of the most critical questions about any property – from a school to a factory to an apartment building is how safe will people be if a fire breaks out? After completing the Fire Safety Systems certificate program, you can be the person to ensure that others are adequately protected in the event of a fire.

As a fire alarm technician student, you’ll be given training in the skills required to perform various technical functions, including the assessing and maintenance of fire alarm and sprinkler problems. You’ll learn the ins and outs of the codes, legislations, and standards that protect property owners.
Additionally, you’ll be provided with hands-on experience and fire safety training to ensure that property owners have fire detection devices that are correctly installed. Finally, the Applied Fire Safety Practices course will allow you to demonstrate the skills you’ve learned in a workplace environment.

The public wants to know they are safe when they are in buildings, and it can be your job to help them feel that way with the Fire Safety Systems Program

This program is recognized by the Canadian Fire Alarm AssociationUpon completing this program, you will qualify as a CFAA Registered Trainee Fire Alarm Technician.

As a student, you’ll be given the knowledge and training in the skills required to understand how fire alarm systems monitor and control other building systems, sprinkler and HVAC. The program also provides training in the skills required to perform various technical functions involving the assessing and maintenance of fire alarm systems. Graduates will be able to assist in providing required verification inspections of new systems, yearly required inspections of all existing systems and miscellaneous trouble calls of many varied causes.

Additionally, you will learn the detailed requirements of codes, legislation and standards designed to offer an ever-increasing level of life safety. The combination of basic electrical & electronic knowledge, specific fire alarm-related theory, hands-on understanding of sprinkler systems, and practical work experience will increase the level of competence in the industry.


Career Information

The extensive hands-on experience you receive will prepare you for the complex building life safety systems you will be working on, ensuring their proper installation and operation. In addition, during your lab time, you will experience a workplace environment demonstrating the fire alarm technical skills you have been taught. The Fire Safety Systems Program will prepare you for a career working for fire alarm contractors, manufacturers, wholesalers, electrical power plants, hospitals, schools and other organizations in the fire safety industry.

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Fire Safety Systems program:

Fire Sprinkler Designer
Design, install, inspect, service and maintain fire sprinkler equipment in commercial and community facilities.

Fire Alarm Sales Consultant
Lead fire alarm sales and customer service support throughout an assigned geographic region.

Fire Alarm Technician

Inspect, monitor, service and maintain fire alarm systems as required by law.

Program Progression

Fall (September) start date:

Fall Winter
Start Level 1 Level 2


fire safety inspectors looking over schematics
Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Assess the functionality of fire alarm systems
  2. Assess and maintain basic life safety electronics
  3. Assess and maintain basic life safety electrical systems
  4. Write technical reports to industry standards
  5. Assess a structure to determine if all relevant fire codes, legislation, and standards are met
  6. Describe extinguishing methods for special hazards
  7. Describe the basic components of water-based sprinkler systems
  8. Install, verify and test a variety of fire alarm systems
  9. Troubleshoot issues in a variety of fire alarm and sprinkler equipment


Academic School

Program Coordinator:

Frank Donati


Admission Requirements

One of:

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream

-OR -

Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)

-OR -

Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate

-OR -

Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)


Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation

International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

- A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements

- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years

- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.

- Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years

- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years

- Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE): with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years

- Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C) OR Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C)

Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of program eligible applicants exceeds available spaces, the Applicant Selection Criteria for this program will be:

1.     Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario

2.     Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)

3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements


Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
SYST-1024Fire Detection & Alarms-Intro3.5
This course provides a general understanding of fire alarm protection systems. It discusses the purpose and specific application of the different codes and standards that regulate the industry. It introduces the student to architectural considerations regarding fire containment. Information about testing laboratories, their procedures, testing methods and how listed/ approved materials achieve greater degrees of life safety will be covered. Other topics include; the nature of fire, extinguishment methods, fire alarm testing methods, interpretation of drawings, specifications and other contract documents.
SYST-1025Codes, Legislation & Standards 13
This course introduces students to the codes and legislated requirements for fire alarm systems and how they relate to Ontario building code, Fire code and electrical code. Students will learn about AHJ's and the requirements for building owners.
SYST-1026Fire Sprinkler Systems-Intro3
This course introduces design principles and systems required for fire protection systems. Students learn about fire sprinkler system design, and components of dry pipe, wet pipe and shotgun systems. Students learn how to identify, inspect and test sprinkler systems in fire protection systems.
ELNC-1111Life Safety Systems Electronics 12
This course focuses on the Digital Electronic components and operating principles associated with modern Life Safety Systems. Students will explore various numbering systems used in modern electronics, operating principles and characteristics of Logic families and Logic Gate Applications as well as other Digital System components. In the lab, students will build, test and troubleshoot various digital circuits both from a board level and at the system level.
ELEC-1138Basic Electricity2
This course focuses on the basic electrical theory required to install, test and repair modern Life Safety Systems found in commercial and industrial facilities. Lectures will cover the fundamentals of Electrical theory such as Current, Voltage and Resistance. Students will develop an understanding of the principles of DC Series, Parallel and Combination circuits as they relate to Safety Systems, In the lab, students will wire and troubleshoot various circuits and perform voltage, current and power measurements related to DC circuits and systems.
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Tuition Summary


Canadian Costs
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.