Sprinkler Fitter: Request for Compulsory Trade Designation - Public Consultations (Online Survey)

Overview of the Sprinkler Fitter Trade

  • The Sprinkler Fitter scope of work includes laying out, installing, repairing, maintaining, modifying and testing fire protection systems in a variety of buildings and settings.
  • Sprinkler Fitters work on all types of fire protection systems, including wet, dry, pre-action, stand pipe, clean agent, carbon dioxide and dry chemical.
  • A core component of the job is have detailed knowledge of building and fire codes and standards, the methods for installing sprinkler piping systems, and a responsibility for public safety in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial applications.

What is a Compulsory Certified Trade?

  • Compulsory certification trades usually involve work where public and worker safety needs to be closely monitored, and includes consideration of consumer and environmental protection.
  • To work in a compulsory certified trade, an individual must either hold a recognized trade certificate (i.e., be a Journeyperson) or be a registered apprentice in the trade.

Why is Sprinkler Fitter being considered for Compulsory Certification?

  • The Provincial Apprentice and Certification Board (PACB) has received an application by industry representatives to designate the Sprinkler Fitter trade for compulsory certification. 

Impacts of Compulsory Certification

For employees:
  • Workers who are not currently Journeypersons or registered apprentices will be required to:
    • register as apprentices with the Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division (ATCD);
    • work under the supervision of a certified Journeyperson and adhere to an apprentice/Journeyperson ratio in the trade; and
    • complete periodic training to advance towards Journeyperson certification. 
  • If a decision is made to transfer the Sprinkler Fitter trade to compulsory certification, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will work to develop an implementation plan that includes transition and support options for current employees to become certified and continue working in the field.
For employers:
  • Employers will be required to:
    • follow the journeyperson to apprentice ratio outlined by PACB;
    • periodically release employees to attend training to advance towards journeyperson certification; and
    • have a Journeyperson to oversee all hours and skills of the apprentice.
  • If a decision is made to transfer the Sprinkler Fitter trade to compulsory certification, support will be provided to all employers to ensure adequate time to meet the new requirements. 

Get Involved

We are seeking input from employers and employees who perform Sprinkler Fitter work.  This includes, but is not limited to, the following related trades: Sprinkler Fitters and Plumbers.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Online Survey:

This Survey will be available until March 29, 2019. It should take you approximately 5-10 minutes to complete this survey.

Some apprentices and employers will receive an email with information on how to access the survey.

If you are an employee or employer performing the Sprinkler Fitter scope of work and would like to participate in the survey, you can access the survey by emailing compulsorycertifications@gov.nl.ca and indicating whether you are an employee or employer; a link to a survey will then be sent to you.

If you are unable to access the survey or have technical difficulties while completing it, you can contact the Newfoundland and Labrador Statistics Agency at NLSASurveys@gov.nl.ca.

Any additional inquiries can be forwarded to compulsorycertifications@gov.nl.ca.

Written Submissions:

If you prefer to participate with a written contribution, please email compulsorycertifications@gov.nl.ca

The deadline for written submissions is March 29, 2019.

How will your input be used?

The information we receive will be reviewed by the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour.  All feedback will be considered when developing the report to the PACB regarding the designation of Sprinkler Fitter as a compulsory trade.

Privacy Statement

The information is being collected and protected under the authority of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (ATIPPA) of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Please be assured that your answers will be kept strictly confidential and published in aggregate form only. No individuals will be identified in the survey’s results. Although participation is voluntary, your co-operation is important to ensure that the information collected is as accurate and as comprehensive as possible.

Contact Us

If you have any questions concerning privacy or confidentiality, you can contact the Newfoundland and Labrador Statistics Agency at NLSASurveys@gov.nl.ca.

Questions related to the survey’s purpose and/or its content should be directed to Erika Harris at Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division (compulsorycertifications@gov.nl.ca).