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- Diploma of Technology, Electronics, from BCIT
- almost a journeyman electrician, all schooling complete, need just under 200 hours of work before my work requirements are complete
- have credit for three out of five of the CFAA courses
- currently working on the remaining two CFAA courses
- have installed fire alarm systems as an apprentice electrician, including conduit, wiring, mounting devices, troubleshooting, testing
- lots of programming experience outside of fire alarm systems
I'm wondering if my background in electrical/electronics would have significant value in the fire alarm industry? I'm considering switching to fire alarm work full-time because I enjoyed it as an apprentice and was complimented on my work often by foremen. I have a lot of electronics and electrical troubleshooting experience and could fix problems quickly.
I'm also unsure about the process of getting ASTTBC certification. It seems there's nothing I can do by myself to get ASTTBC certification. From what I've found so far, I need to work for a technician who is already certified. What is the process for certification and how long does it typically take to receive full certification?
Thanks for any advice you can give me!
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