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

Or, download the Sprinker Certification Regulation Text here, and the Final Statement of Reasons here.  Both are in Adobe Acrobat format.

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