Fire Protection

Competenz can provide training plans, support and qualifications – tailored to your businesses specific needs.

How we work with you

We partner with industry associations and members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential apprentices, and encouraging work placements.

We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences, and help celebrate your learners’ success.

When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz training advisor. Our training advisors understand the fire protection industry and the skills learners and businesses need to gain.

Qualification on offer

New Zealand Certificate in Fixed Fire Protection Systems (Level 3)

The purpose of this entry-level qualification is to provide the Fire Protection industry with installers and fitters who have the skills and knowledge to install fixed fire protection systems hardware.

Graduates will work under limited supervision and in accordance with the New Zealand Building Code, current Standards, regulations and ordinances, and other internationally accepted standards.

New Zealand Certificate in Hand Operated Fire Fighting Equipment (Level 3)

The purpose of this entry-level qualification is to provide the Fire Protection industry with people who have the skills and knowledge to install and maintain hand operated fire fighting equipment.

Graduates will work under limited supervision, and in accordance with the New Zealand Building Code, current Standards, regulations and ordinances, and other internationally accepted standards.

New Zealand Certificate in Fixed Fire Protection Systems, Level 3

The purpose of this entry-level qualification is to provide the Fire Protection industry with installers and fitters who have the skills and knowledge to install fixed fire protection systems hardware.

Graduates will work under limited supervision and in accordance with the New Zealand Building Code, current Standards, regulations and ordinances, and other internationally accepted standards.

New Zealand Certificate in Fire Detection and Alarm Systems (Level 3)

The purpose of this entry-level qualification is to provide the Fire Protection industry with installers and fitters who have the skills and knowledge to install fire detection and alarm system hardware.

Graduates will work under limited supervision and in accordance with the New Zealand Building Code, current Standards, regulations and ordinances, and other internationally accepted Standards.

New Zealand Certificate in Fire Protection Systems Technology (Testing) (Level 3)

The purpose of this entry-level qualification is to provide the Fire Protection industry with testers who have the skills and knowledge to test active fire protection systems (fire detection and alarm systems and fixed fire protection systems).

Graduates will work under limited supervision, and in accordance with the New Zealand Building Code, current Standards, regulations and ordinances, and other internationally accepted standards.

New Zealand Certificate in Passive Fire Protection Systems (Level 4)

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the Fire Protection industry and the Building Sector with competent inspectors of buildings in relation to passive fire protection. Graduates will work in accordance with the New Zealand Building Act, New Zealand Building Code, and regulations.

This qualification aims to benefit building owners and occupiers, the insurance sector, and the general public by providing skilled people (Independent Qualified Person (IQPs) and inspectors) who will be responsible for ensuring passive fire protection systems are compliant with the relevant Building Consent and Compliance Schedule.

Completion of this qualification is recognised by a number of Territorial Authorities as one of the criteria  for registration of IQPs. An IQP (in passive fire protection system) is a person whom the local Territorial Authority has confirmed as qualified to inspect, maintain and report on passive fire protection system in accordance with the requirements, and to certify that these procedures have been followed.

New Zealand Certificate in Fire Detection and Alarm Systems (Level 4)

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the Fire Protection industry with tradespeople/technicians who have the skills and knowledge to design, install, commission, maintain, and service fire detection and alarm systems and associated equipment.

Graduates will work in accordance with the New Zealand Building Code, current Standards, regulations and ordinances, and other internationally accepted standards.

New Zealand Certificate in Fire Protection Systems Technology (Inspections), Level 4

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the Fire Protection industry with inspectors who have the skills and knowledge to test and inspect active fire protection systems.

The qualification includes two strands - graduates will either specialise in inspection of fire detection and alarm systems; or inspection of fixed fire protection systems.

Graduates will work in accordance with the New Zealand Building Code, current Standards, regulations and ordinances, and other internationally accepted Standards.

New Zealand Certificate in Fixed Fire Protection Systems (Level 4) with an optional strand in Special Hazards Fixed Fire Protection Systems

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the Fire Protection industry with tradespeople/technicians with the skills and knowledge to plan, install, commission, maintain, and service fixed fire protection systems and associated equipment.

Graduates will work in accordance with the New Zealand Building Code, current Standards, regulations and ordinances, and other internationally accepted Standards.

The qualification includes an optional strand to provide the additional skills and knowledge required to undertake work relating to special hazards fixed fire protection systems

The best part? Earn while you learn - there's no student loan

You’ll get qualified without a student loan, all while learning practical skills from industry experts. You can put that money towards something else you really want – might be a new car, new tools or a new house.

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We provide training in 37 sectors across New Zealand from engineering, signmaking and printing through to bakery and textile manufacture.

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