As electricians we have different choices after our apprenticeships end, like communication, electrical engineer or the fire industry to name a few. Luck would have it that I found myself in the fire industry after finishing my trade. After all the joking had ended about just changing 9 volt batteries my eyes opened to how large the fire industry is in Australia. Particularly the additional skills I could gain with ease. Now as a business owner the routine maintenance is what interests myself as my cash flow is fairly stable compared to my former employers who only focused on electrical works. The fire industry works on seeing your clients minimum twice a year or 12 plus times a year, with testing, repairs, maintenance, installation and repeat depending on their assets.
Having worked as a subcontractor in the electrical and fire industry the ease to jump between standards as an electrician was a bonus. AS1851 (2012) changed the field as following and meeting legislative requirements was made easier to follow with each test required placed into a table. Having trained several electricians and non-electricians on the fire standards, I find that electricians pick up the AS1851 and supporting standards with ease.