Why is it Important and How Do You Sign Up?
There are two ways to become a fire alarm journeyman. If you have no experience in the trade, or less than 4,000 hours of verified experience in the trade, you must complete the fire alarm apprenticeship program. If you have 4,000 hours of verified work experience in the trade you are automatically eligible to take the state test and you can bypass the apprenticeship program.
The Process of Becoming an Apprentice
If you do not have 4,000 hours in the fire alarm industry, you will begin the process of the apprenticeship program. This process begins when you obtain a job with a fire and life safety company. Once hired you will be enrolled in their fire alarm apprenticeship program. Here at IFS we are a part of the WBFAA. This program lasts 3 years and consists of 6 semesters. During this time you will be required to attend weekly classes and have 6,000 hours of On-The-Job Training (OJT). Each month you are required to turn in a form verifying your full time OJT.
Becoming a Journeyman
Once you have completed your fire alarm apprenticeship program you will then be eligible to take the state certification test. Upon passing this test you will receive your fire and life safety certification card. This card will allow you to work on all fire alarm installation and repair jobs in the state of California.
Here at IFS we take pride in our apprentices and want to give them the best training not only for our company’s sake, but for their future in this field. The fire alarm apprenticeship program allows apprentices to have the ability to go to school while working in their desired field at the same time. Apprentices are able to use their classroom knowledge hands on in the field on a daily basis.
We believe that this is a great career path because it allows for a good wage and growth in a hands on industry. If you have any questions about how to become a fire alarm apprentice please give us a call at 888-987-5322.
-The IFS Team