Training Program, Exemptions, and Registration

Fire Alarm Technician Training Program


During the early 1980's the Canadian Fire Alarm Association established the Fire Alarm Technician Program, leading to personal registration as a fire alarm technician.  It was created to provide training in the specialized area of fire alarm systems, thereby increasing the knowledge level of persons directly or indirectly involved in the fire alarm industry.

This educational program has been approved by various Authorities Having Jurisdiction nationwide and is now widely recognized within the industry.

This describes; the program intent, program structure, individual course content, qualifications for exemptions and CFAA Technician registration information.


Individuals performing fire alarm system inspections, testing, verifications or maintenance must be qualified and accountable for the quality of their work. It follows that there is a need for these individuals to have a minimum level of formal training and verified skills and knowledge in this specific area. The CFAA has created an approved Registered CFAA Trainee Technician program that is comprised of five (5) theory-based courses. To become a Registered CFAA Fire Alarm Technician necessary skills and hands-on training must also be obtained in the workplace.

The combination of theory-based knowledge and workplace experience will together serve to increase the level of competence of fire alarm technicians within the industry.


The CFAA Fire Alarm Technician Theory Education is comprised of five (5) theory-based courses. These theory-based courses are available for delivery in various formats and made available through many colleges, training partners as well as directly from the CFAA.
There are a host of options available for completing the CFAA Theory Based Education. Courses are offered by CFAA in a number of convenient formats and can be purchased at . Course 1, Course 3 and Course 5 are available from the CFAA directly via correspondence. All courses are available in webinar format and in classroom settings at scheduled intervals. Please see the CFAA website:  for the specific schedule and enrolment details. There are online self-study courses available through many partner colleges across Canada. Please see the CFAA website  or contact the CFAA office for more information.

CFAA courses are available in classroom settings through many colleges across CanadaThe CFAA Fire Alarm Technician Program is comprised of five theory-based courses:

Course 1 - An Introduction to the Fire Detection and Alarm Industry
Course 2 - Verbal and Written Communications
Course 3 - Basic Electricity
Course 4 - Life Safety Systems Electronics (LSSE) - replaces Basic Electronics
Course 5 - Fire Alarm Systems

Course 1, Course 3 and Course 5 are also available directly from the CFAA.

The Association recommends that the courses be completed in the order shown.
In addition the following should be noted:

  • The first four courses are pre-requisite subjects to Course 5 and therefore a student should not enroll into Course 5 without having completed the first four courses.
  • The minimum passing grade for all CFAA courses is 60%. 


There is the ability to be granted an exemption by the CFAA in one or more of Courses 2, 3, and 4. This is an important and obvious first step that will determine your path to registration. Someone looking to become a CFAA Fire Alarm Technician Trainee may be able to obtain exemptions from one or more of Courses 2, 3 and 4 of the CFAA Fire Alarm Technician Programs Theory Education. Exemptions are based solely upon courses that have been previously completed at a College, University or Trade School level.

The CFAA requires that a minimum grade of 60% be achieved in order for an exemption to be considered. Work experience and high school courses are not grounds for an exemption. Required documentation for an exemption is a completed CFAA Exemption Form, photocopy of the official transcript, course outlines, diploma, and/or the wallet electrician’s license. If you are a licensed electrician, in Canada, you are able to be exempted from Courses 2, 3, and 4. A copy of your electrician’s license (wallet card is acceptable) is all the documentation required to accompany the Exemption Application Form.

Each student will be assessed on an individual basis. There is a one time, non-refundable fee for processing a CFAA Exemption Form of $50.00. There is no additional charge for subsequent exemption requests by the same individual.
To apply for an exemption: Complete and send in the Exemption Application Form or enroll as a ‘CFAA Student’ online then apply for exemption(s) online. To apply for an exemption online, you must first register online as a ‘CFAA Student’, or be enrolled in a CFAA correspondence course (purchased online). If you purchase a CFAA correspondence course online you are automatically registered as a ‘CFAA Student’. As a ‘CFAA Student’ you can select from ‘My Account’ menu ‘Required Courses and Exemptions’ to apply for an exemption(s). After the Exemption Application has been submitted online, all the supporting documentation must be sent to the CFAA by email ( or fax (905-479-3639) or mailed to the CFAA Office (85 Citizen Court, Units 3 & 4, Markham, Ontario L6G 1A8).
Note: the self-assessment and Exemption Form submission can be completed at any time prior to becoming a Registered CFAA Trainee.


To become a CFAA Student:
Click here to register as a NEW Student by enrolling in a correspondence course to become a CFAA Fire Alarm Technician
Once you enroll on your first course, you automatically become a CFAA Student. You will then be able to apply for exemption for one or more of the other courses.
Courses 1 and 5 are mandatory and Course 5 is to be taken last..

IMPORTANT: To apply for an exemption online, one must be a registered CFAA student by having already enrolled on Course 1.
If you have not yet done so, click here to register as a NEW Student by enrolling in a correspondence course to become a CFAA Fire Alarm Technician
Once you enroll on your first course, you automatically become a CFAA Student. You will then be able to apply for exemption on one or more of the other courses online.
If you are already enrolled on a course then you are already a registered Student. Simply log in with your email address and password. Then in your 'My Account' menu at the left, select 'Required Courses and Exemptions'.


click here: Technician Registration & Renewal