Sprinkler System Installer

Sprinkler system installers do installation and repair of fire protection sprinkler systems in a variety of buildings and settings. They work with piping, tubing, accessories and connections. They test sprinkler and fire protection systems for leaks with air or liquid pressure. Sprinkler system installers also install exterior fire protection services, which require an understanding of system and installation drawings and specifications. Integration of sprinkler systems with thermal storage systems is an increasing part of a sprinkler worker's job.

Piping Trades: Plumber, Steamfitter, Piperfitter, Sprinklerfitter

This foundation program also covers:

Students gain familiarity with the hand and power tools used in the field. Hands-on use of the tools and piping materials like copper, cast iron, black iron, and plastics comprise about 50% of the course. Fixture installation is part of this as well. The other half of the course consists of pre-practical training, as well as safety, trade math, and science. The students will be actively involved in the plumbing of a house in the community, working with other trade entry students from carpentry and the electrical departments.

Education requirements

General requirements

  • Canadian citizenship, or landed immigrant status
  • Students must supply own coveralls, boots, safety glasses, and gloves

Documentation requirements

  • Proof of citizenship or landed immigrant status required if applicant not born in Canada
  • Proof of successful reading and math pre-test results
  • Verification of personal interview with the instructor

Pre-test schedule

To arrange for the Accuplacer test contact the TRU Assessment Centre at 250-828-5470. Arrangements can be made for out-of-town applicants to write the pre-test at an authorized testing centre in their community.

Other requirements

  • $16.83 per month lab/studio fee
  • Students are required to purchase their own tool boxes and tools — available at the Tool Room TT252 ($340)
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Next program intakes

Feb. 3, 2020 - July 24, 2020
Feb. 1, 2021 - July 23, 2021

Program length

25 weeks


Costs for Sprinkler System Installer programs

Fees are based on 2019 rates and are subject to change.

Costs include items such as student/ancillary fees, books, personal tools and safety gear, which are kept by students when they graduate from the program.

Application fee $29.25
Accuplacer exam fee $37
Accuplacer rewrites $25
Parking (student parking website) $2.50 (pass)
$5 per day
Plumbing Foundation
Tuition $2,475.00
Student and lab fees $825.00
Learning guides and/or textbooks $565.00
Tool box with hand tools $425.00
CSA work boots, clear safety glasses, 1-2 sets coveralls $275.00
Calculator, 3-ring binder, paper, pens, etc. $50
Total $4,615.00