NORCAT Wins VR Education and Training Solution of the Year at 2023 VR Awards

Sudbury, ON. – NORCAT, a global leader in the development and provision of skilled labour training and development services, is proud to announce its Cert-Fire VR training program has been named the winner in the VR Education and Training Solution of the Year at the 2023 VR Awards.

Certi-Fire VR has transformed conventional professional fire alarm system training and certification procedures throughout Ontario, introducing immersive experiences that engage learners in a realistic and safe environment. This technology enables users to participate in authentic scenarios, replicating lab exercises and practical tests within a virtual reality (VR) setting. The interactive features of the platform ensure that learners acquire the required hands-on experience and efficiently demonstrate their skills.

NORCAT’s Certi-Fire VR was one of 12 projects to receive nominations in this category at the seventh annual VR Awards, held in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on November 30th, 2023. The VR Awards ceremony, organized by the Academy of International Extended Reality (AIXR), celebrates, and recognizes excellence in virtual reality across a multitude of sectors around the globe.

A tremendous amount of time and energy has been invested into NORCAT Studio’s extended reality development over the past few years, paving the way for solutions like Certi-Fire VR.

Ed Wisniewski, NORCAT’s Chief Technology Officer, expresses deep gratitude for being selected as the recipient of the VR Education and Training category at the 2023 VR Awards. "We are truly honoured to be named the winner of the VR Education and Training Solution of the Year. The recognition of Certi-Fire VR exemplifies NORCAT's commitment to creating impactful virtual learning technologies and how these innovations are reshaping the landscape of training and development."

The livestream of the 2023 VR Awards can be viewed here.


NORCAT is a global leader in skilled labour training and development focused on developing and delivering programs, services, and resources that enhance productivity and safety in the global skilled labour industries. Proudly serving as the "one-stop-shop" for all that is the future of mining technology and innovation.


Certi-Fire is an accredited program, sanctioned by the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM), that certifies licensed electricians to install, test, verify, and maintain fire alarm systems. Certi-Fire electricians meet standards set out under the Ontario Electrical Code, Ontario Building Code, Ontario Fire Code, and Underwriters Laboratories of Canada. Additional information about Certi-Fire can be found at


The Academy of International Extended Reality (AIXR) is a leading organization dedicated to recognizing excellence in extended reality technologies. Through various awards, events, and initiatives, AIXR promotes and celebrates the achievements of individuals and companies driving innovation in XR.