How to become a Fire Protection Technician

Fire protection technicians commission, install, test and maintain fire protection systems and equipment in buildings and other facilities to provide life, property and environmental protection.

Personal requirements of a Fire Protection Technician

  • enjoy practical work
  • good communication skills
  • neat personal appearance
  • mechanical aptitude
  • able to interpret and apply technical regulations, codes and standards
  • safety-conscious
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job.

Duties & Tasks of a Fire Protection Technician

Fire protection technicians: • install fire detection and alarm systems, fire suppression systems and firefighting equipment • regularly inspect and service equipment and systems to ensure they are operational • advise building owners on building standards and codes • inform building owners of new systems and equipment.

Working conditions for a Fire Protection Technician

Fire protection technicians travel to homes and businesses to inspect and service fire protection systems and equipment, and may also spend time at the office or workshop of their employer. They may work in conjunction with designers, engineers, building surveyors, fire authorities, builders, contractors and other tradespeople. They may work on new buildings and facilities under construction or modify and service existing buildings and facilities.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

Very strong

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 1.5%


NT NT 1.5%

QLD QLD 25.7%

SA SA 4.8%

TAS TAS 3.1%

VIC VIC 24.7%

WA WA 12.9%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 53.3%

Female 46.7%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 22.5%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 41.7%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 24.5%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 11.3%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 2.4%

20-24 - 9.6%

25-34 - 19.7%

35-44 - 23.9%

45-54 - 28.6%

55-59 - 6.5%

60-64 - 4%

65 and Over - 5.3%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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