Sprinkler System Installer

Sprinkler System Installers install and repair fire protection sprinkler systems in a variety of buildings and settings. They work with piping, tubing, accessories and connections. Sprinkler System Installer is a designated trade under the Inter-provincial Red Seal program. They test sprinkler and fire protection systems for leaks with air or liquid pressure. They may also install exterior fire protection services, which require an understanding of system and installation drawings and specifications. Sprinkler System Installers must be able to work with:automatic, deluge or open sprinklersfoam, fog and carbon dioxide systemswet or dry standpipesinside hose pipe systemsprivate fire hydrant systemsfire pumps and related equipment.As the industry evolves, sprinkler workers will need to stay on top of new products, applications and fire protection requirements. Integration of sprinkler systems with thermal storage systems is expected to be an increasing part of a sprinkler worker's job. In some cases, installers may be required to work at a considerable height. Upgrades of existing systems can be complicated and often involve working closely with other trades. The demand for qualified Sprinkler System Installers has increased as building code requirements have mandated the use of more extensive sprinkler systems.

Program Updates:

The Exam Weighting Charts are available for Levels 1, 2, 3, and show the approximate percentage of weighting per General Area of Competency (GAC).

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
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  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 406.92 KB)
  • Guidelines on Interprovincial (IP) Red Seal Examination
  • Information guide about how to study for the IP Exam including sample questions
  • Download(PDF 1.32 MB)
  • Interprovincial (IP) Exam Table
  • List of tasks that will be tested and number of questions on each task
  • Download(PDF 30.46 KB)

Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified.

  • Instructions
  • How to Apply
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  • Application Form
  • Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
  • Download(PDF 141.77 KB)
  • Employer Declaration
  • Document of relevant work experience
  • Download(PDF 84.59 KB)
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
  • Download(PDF 106.78 KB)