MBFAA announces apprenticeship program

The Missouri Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (MBFAA) announced this week that it recently enrolled four people into its Fire/Life Safety and Electronic Security Technician Apprenticeship Program.

According to a statement issued by the association, the program lasts for four years and provides enrollees with 8,000 hours of on-the-job training and 700 hours of academic study. Apprentices are provided and sponsored by MBFAA member companies.

The program’s standards have been approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship and Training Employer and Labor Services.

"One of the biggest challenges our industry has faced is the lack of a standard for training fire/life safety and security technicians," said Kurt Canova, president of the MBFAA Unilateral Apprenticeship and Training Committee. "The Electronic Security Association provided the Missouri Chapter the opportunity to adopt and implement these training standards. After the MBFAA Board of Directors reviewed the standards we felt that this was the opportunity to provide a solution to this long-standing issue. More importantly, we felt that for life safety and security systems, it was the only solution to ensure that these systems are being properly installed and maintained given the elevation of technology and codes in our industry."

For more information about the program, contact MBFAA Apprenticeship Program Training Director Leroy Ginther at 314-951-1738.