Fire Sprinkler Certification – Implementation Period Begins July 1
Automatic Fire Extinguishing Systems Certification and Registration requirement approved and takes effect July 1, 2017.
- Requires workers be a Licensed C-16, be Certified or be Registered.
- After the implementation period, certification requires apprenticeship graduation.
- All non-certified workers must be enrolled in an apprenticeship program within 1 year of hire.
- Certification also requires passing a written test and paying an annual fee.
- Excluded from the certification requirements are fire sprinkler installation in one and two-family residences.
Action Alert – Implementation period has desirable waivers!
- In the first 6 months of implementation, C-16s and other qualified workers can avoid taking the exam. (July 1, 2017 – Dec 31, 2017)
- During the first year, employees who meet the certification qualifications as an apprentice or C-16 may be certified without going through an apprenticeship program. (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018)
- Certification cards are not required until July 1, 2018
- This forces fast implementation, unlike the Electrician Certification program which took about 10 years to finally implement.
- Also unlike Electrician Certification, apprenticeship becomes mandatory after the implementation period. Fortunately, in our rural area, contractors can choose between union or merit-shop apprenticeship programs.
Watch for more info and get the full text at http://osfm.fire.ca.gov/codedevelopment/codedevelopment_title19development