Fire Alarm Technician Training Program.  
Description, Intent and Structure.
Courses and Exemptions Process.

Note: Exemptions and courses required must be completed prior to applying for Registered CFAA Trainee on the CFAA website.



During the early 1980's the Canadian Fire Alarm Association established the Fire Alarm Technician Registration 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 Fire Alarm Technician with the CFAA one must have the necessary skills and hands-on training obtained in the workplace.

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


The Canadian Fire Alarm Association Technician Theory-based Education Program is comprised of five (5) theory-based courses. These theory-based courses are available for delivery in various formats:  Online(self study),  Webinars(online instructor led), In Class through  Community Colleges and Private Training Partners.  Each course is 36 hours long, no matter how it is taken.  Please see the CFAA website: for the specific schedule and enrolment details. There are online self-study courses available through many training partner colleges across Canada. Please see the CFAA website 

The Five Theory-Based Courses:

Course 1 - Fire Alarm System, Overview
Course 2 - Verbal and Written Communications
Course 3 - Basic Electricity
Course 4 - Life Safety Systems Electronics (LSSE) 
Course 5 - Fire Alarm System, Application

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 requisite courses is 60%. 
  • Each course is 36 classroom hours long in-class or online.


You can be granted an exemption by the CFAA in one or more of Courses 2, 3,or 4. This is an important and obvious first step that will determine your path to registration. Someone looking to become a CFAA Fire Alarm Trainee Technician may start by obtaining exemptions from one or more of Courses 2, 3 or 4 of the CFAA Fire Alarm Technician Programs Theory Based Education. Exemptions are based solely upon courses that have been previously completed at a College, University or Trade School level, not on work experience.  One must formally apply for the exemptions by completing the application form 

The CFAA requires that a minimum grade of 60% (CFAA grading scale) 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 as follows: 

  • photocopy of the official transcript and or course outlines and or  diploma
  • If you are a licensed electrician (a copy of  the wallet sized electrician’s license 309A is acceptable.)

All documentation must  accompany the application form.  Click here for the application form
Each student will be assessed on an individual basis. There is a one time, non-refundable fee of $
50.00 plus applicable taxes for processing . There is no additional charge for subsequent exemption requests by the same individual.

To apply for an exemption, click this link  print the form complete and submit with the supporting documents either by fax ( (905-479-3639), email ( or mail to CFAA Office (85 Citizen Court, Units 3 & 4, Markham, Ontario L6G 1A8).  Remember to submit all supporting documentation/s along with the application form.

Note: Exemptions and courses required must be completed prior to applying for Registered CFAA Trainee.

Reminder:  Courses 1 and 5 are mandatory and Course 5 is to be taken last..

If you are already enrolled in a course on the CFAA website and has a student #, then you are already a registered Student. SKIP PRINTING THE FORM.  Simply log in with your email address and password. Select 'My Account' menu at the left, select 'Required Courses and Exemptions'. and apply directly online for the exemptions then email the documents to It is that easy.  Exemptions take up to 3 weeks to process see your account for the results after 3 weeks.