CAN/ULC S536-04: The Standard for Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems


Building codes in Canada typically require fire alarm systems to be installed in accordance with CAN/ULC-S524, verified in accordance with CAN/ULC-S537 and is inspected and tested in accordance with CAN/ULC-S536-04. The inspection and testing procedures outlined in CAN/ULC-S536 ensure the fire alarm system and the various system components are still working correctly to provide an early warning of fire or other emergency conditions, enabling building occupants to act and evacuate safely. Over the course of three modules, this training will review key inspection and testing procedures found in the Standard, with a focus on the detailed inspection and testing reports found in the Appendix E of the Standard itself. These modules will include the following information:

Module One

Module One begins with an overview of inspection and testing procedures for fire alarm systems found in the S536 Standard, including discussion about the general components of a fire alarm system, the control unit functions that are tested under CAN/ULC S536, the control unit inspection process, and the detailed system test and inspection records that are used to facilitate the inspection process.

Module Two
Module Two continues by identifying how to inspect and test large scale power supplies, primary and emergency power supplies, annunciators and sequential displays, remote trouble signal units, printers, and field devices.

Module Three

Module Three finishes by examining the inspection and testing procedures for a wide variety of field devices.

*Note that this training is intended for those with some familiarity and practical experience with fire alarm systems, fire alarm system components, and the terms used in this industry. 



Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Define the testing and inspection procedures of a fire alarm system outlined in CAN/ULC S536
  • Describe the Detailed System Test and Inspection Records used to facilitate the inspection process found in Appendix E
  • Define the procedures for inspecting and testing individual field devices outlined in CAN/ULCS536

This course is applicable to multiple roles and levels in an organization, including but not limited to:

  • Authorities Having Jurisdiction
  • Fire Alarm Engineers
  • Fire Alarm Manufacturers
  • Fire Alarm Service Companies
  • Fire Alarm Technicians


Target Audience

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

UL Knowledge Solutions is authorized by IACET to offer 0.2 CEUs for this eLearning series; contact your local jurisdiction for CEU recognition. 0.2 CEU will be awarded upon completion of the series.

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Time Requirement


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