New Automatic Fire Extinguishing Systems Certification

NEW Automatic Fire Extinguishing Systems Certification
(Water-Based Fire Protection)

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CCR, Title 19, Division 1, Chapter 5.5
Following the passage of Assembly Bill 433 in 2013 new regulations will go into effect
July 1, 2017 requiring Automatic Fire Extinguishing Systems (AES) Sprinkler Pipefitters
to be certified by the CAL FIRE – Office of the State Fire Marshal (CAL FIRE – OSFM).
The new regulations will require anyone who installs or repairs water-based fire
protection systems to possess the necessary skills and qualifications to safely and
properly install the system so that it will be operable in its time of need.
The new law added Section 13110 to the Health and Safety Code which authorized the
State Fire Marshal to propose, adopt, and administer the regulations he/she deems
necessary to ensure fire safety in buildings and structures within this state. Regulations
were developed with the help of a workgroup consisting of representatives from
industry, labor, enforcing agencies, and CAL FIRE – OSFM staff.

Work Covered
• Work consisting of the installation, alteration or repair of all water-based fire
protection systems including: wet, dry, pre-action, and deluge sprinkler
systems, small hose connections, standpipe systems, private fire service
mains and their appurtenances, hydrants and monitor nozzles, water spray
systems, foam water systems, fire pumps, water storage tanks, low, medium,
and high expansion foam systems, and water mist systems.
• Includes all occupancies required to have a fire sprinkler system, or those
voluntarily installed fire sprinkler systems, except one- and two-family
dwellings.

Work Excluded
• One and two-family residential sprinkler systems.
• Installation, alteration or repair of underground water supply lines from the
connection of the water supply to the first joint, or mechanical connection at
the base of the system riser.
• Installation of pre-engineered water-based fixed extinguishing systems.

Implementation Period
• December 31, 2017 – Deadline for Journeyman Fire Sprinkler Fitters (Legacy
Applicants Only), those who possess an active C-16, or those employed by a
C-16 who meet the minimum qualifications to certify without taking the
certification examination.
• July 1, 2018 – Certification card required for fitters; requires at least one
certified fitter per job site.
• January 1, 2019 – All fitters shall possess a certification card, all trainees and
apprentices shall possess a registration card.

Fire Sprinkler Fitter Certification
Prior to January 1, 2018:
• Be at least 16 years old.
• Journeyman Fire Sprinkler Fitter, active C-16 holder, or those who meet the
minimum qualifications below:
o Commercial – 7,000 hours and five years verified work experience.
o Multi-family residential – 3,500 hours and two years verified work
experience.
• File a Fire Sprinkler Fitter Certification Application (AES 1005) and pay the
$150 application fee.
After January 1, 2018:
• Be at least 16 years old.
• Active C-16 holder or have successfully completed a California State or
federally-approved Fire Sprinkler Fitter Apprenticeship Program.
• File a Fire Sprinkler Fitter Certification Application (AES 1005) and pay the
$150 application fee.
• Pass written certification examination. This exam is conducted by a third-party
CAL FIRE – OSFM contractor which has an additional examination fee.

Fire Sprinkler Fitter Apprentice Registration
• Be at least 16 years old.
• Registered in a State of California or federally-approved Fire Sprinkler Fitter
Apprenticeship Program.
• Proof of employment by a licensed C-16.
• Work under the direct supervision of a Certified Fire Sprinkler Fitter.
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• File an Apprentice/Trainee Registration Application (AES 1005A) and pay the
$150 application fee.
Fire Sprinkler Fitter Trainee Registration
• A person not registered in a State of California or federally-approved Fire
Sprinkler Fitter Apprenticeship Program shall be registered as a trainee and
may work as a trainee for up to one year.
• Be at least 16 years old.
• Proof of employment by a licensed C-16.
• Work under the direct supervision of a Certified Fire Sprinkler Fitter.
• Be registered in a State of California or federally-approved Fire Sprinkler
Fitter Apprenticeship Program within one year of their date of hire.
• File an Apprentice/Trainee Registration Application (AES 1005A) and pay the
$150 application fee.
Employer Responsibilities
• Ensure all fire sprinkler fitters, apprentices, and trainees under their
employment are certified or registered.
• Must notify CAL FIRE – OSFM in writing within 72 hours from the date of hire
of an employee’s status as a trainee, apprentice or certified fire sprinkler fitter.
Continuing Education
• Certified Fire Sprinkler Fitter shall complete three units of American National
Standards Institute/International Association of Continuing Education and
Training (ANSI/IACET) accredited continuing education within a three-year
period. This requirement is verified by CAL FIRE – OSFM every three years at
time of renewal.
• If proof of completion is not received at time of renewal on the third year of
the three-year period, the Certified Fire Sprinkler Fitter shall be required to reapply
as a new applicant, pay all associated fees, and pass a written
examination.
Applications are available on the CAL FIRE – OSFM’s website
(http://osfm.fire.ca.gov/strucfireengineer/strucfireengineer_aes), and are currently being
accepted for filing. Please note, certification and registration cards will not be issued
until the regulations are effective on July 1, 2017.
For additional information regarding the approved AES Certification regulations, please
visit our Code Development website below under PRIOR RULEMAKING ACTIVITIES:
http://osfm.fire.ca.gov/codedevelopment/codedevelopment_title19development
For questions, please contact CAL FIRE – OSFM at the e-mail: AES@fire.ca.gov

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