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

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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