Employers and/or Sponsors
This section contains information for persons who are Employers/Sponsors of individuals in the Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer trade.
What does the reclassification mean for me?
On February 2, 2017, the Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer trade will become compulsory. This means individuals working in the trade will have to be members of the College to ensure they can continue to work legally in the trade.
To give people enough time to meet the changing requirements for the trade, the College is taking a two-year approach to implementing this classification change. This means that during the two-year implementation period (i.e. until 2017), the trade will remain voluntary. In 2015, the first year of implementation, a Certificate of Qualification exam exemption is available to individuals:
- who have a Certificate of Apprenticeship (C of A) in the trade, OR
- who have qualifications and experience that are equivalent to a C of A in the trade.
Employers or persons who otherwise engage individuals in compulsory trades are required to ensure that those individuals are members of the College.
On February 2, 2017, only members of the College in the Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer trade can be employed or otherwise engaged to do the work of the trade.
Sponsors of apprentices are required to ensure that those apprentices only work in accordance with any ratios that may be prescribed for their trade.
The Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer trade is subject to a regulated ratio. When the trade’s status changes to compulsory, the ratio will not change, but there will be a change in who counts as a journeyperson for ratio purposes.
When a trade is compulsory, for ratio purposes, only the following count as journeypersons:
- Someone who holds a valid Certificate of Qualification in the trade and who is a member of the College’s Journeypersons Class for the same trade; or
- Someone who holds a Provisional Certificate of Qualification in the trade and who is a member of the College’s Journeypersons Class for the same trade.
Therefore, as of February 2, 2017, for ratio purposes, the following will no longer count as journeypersons in the Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer trade:
- Someone who holds a Certificate of Qualification in the trade that was issued by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) prior to April 8, 2013; or
- Someone who practises as a journeyperson in the trade but who does not hold a Certificate of Qualification in that trade. This can include members of the College’s Journeyperson Candidates Class for the trade.