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Update: Fitter's Registration applications are now available. Please see below for new application and requirements.
Program Registration Requirements and Application
Fire Sprinkler Fitters Program Overview
During the 2010 second regular legislative session, The State of Colorado General Assembly approved House Bill 10-1241 concerning the required registration for persons who work on fire suppression systems in the state of Colorado. The Bill also granted powers and duties to the Division of Fire Safety to establish minimum requirements and standards for persons who inspect multipurpose residential fire sprinkler systems in one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses. The Bill passed the Colorado House on March 29, 2010 and the Colorado Senate on May 3, 2010 and was signed by the Governor into law on June 7, 2010.
The State of Colorado General Assembly determined that in the interest of promoting public safety, persons performing work on fire suppression systems should meet at least a minimum level of training and skill that demonstrates competency in the life safety industry.
The program herein provides for the establishment and administration of the registration program including applicant requirements, registration fees, disciplinary actions, examination procedures, disciplinary actions, and procedures for reporting violations of these rules.
Establishment of the Program
There is established within the Division of Fire Safety a Fire Sprinkler Fitter Registration. The program was established pursuant to section 1 of chapter 354, Session Laws of Colorado 2010. Section 7 of chapter 354, Session Laws of Colorado 2010 provided that the program begin on July 1, 2011.
- No person shall act, assume to act, or advertise as a sprinkler fitter who is not currently registered with or been provided a temporary ID number by the administrator.
- Fire suppression contractors registered in this or any other State program shall not allow work to be performed on fire suppression systems by persons that are not currently registered with the Division as a Fire sprinkler fitter.
- Persons who are enrolled in a sprinkler fitter "apprenticeship program" and are under the direct supervision and immediate presence of a registered sprinkler fitter may perform work on a fire suppression system.
- Sprinkler fitters shall be limited to the direct supervision of no more than two (2) apprentices at any one time on any one project site.
- A sprinkler fitter apprenticeship program is one that is recognized by the Office of Apprenticeship Training Employer and Labor Services in the Employment and Training Administration in the United States Department of Labor or a State Apprenticeship Agency in Accordance wirh the requirements of 29 CFR 29.1
Registration under this Fire Sprinkler Fitter Program is not required for the following persons or situations:
- A person currently registred and operating under an approved apprenticeship program and supervised by a State registered Fitter;
- APPRENTICES DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER UNDER THIS PROGRAM
- A person who only designs sprinkler systems;
- A person who only performs maintenance (NFPA 25 testing) and "simple repairs" on fire suppression systems;
- A "simple repair" includes but is not limited to:
- Replacing a gauge on a riser;
- Replacing/fixing a tamper switch;
- Replacing a flow switch;
- Tightening a leaking sprinkler head;
- Replacing a broken pipe hanger;
- Replacing a faulty air compressor (dry/pre-action systems) with an identical product.
- A person who performs work exclusively on cross-connection control devices;
- A person who works exclusively on underground firelines;
- A person who works exclusively on portable fire extinguishers, pre-engineered commercial cooking hood systems, or other systems that are exempted from registration requirements in the Fire Suppression Program (24-33.5-1206.1).
- A person who works on residential plumbing appliances, fixtures, appurtenances, or multipurpose residential fire sprinkler systems in one- or two-family dwellings or townhomes;
- A person who works on any system or item that is considered “plumbing” as defined in CRS 12-58-102(5)(a).
- A person who performs work on lawn sprinklers or irrigation drain systems; or,
- A person performing fire suppression work on his or her own home.
If you do not meet the exemptions above, please click on the links below to begin the registration process.
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