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August 26, 2003                                                                                  (214) 349-5965 ext. 130


AFSA Updates Leadership Ladder

Foremanship Training Course Features Latest Forms


            Dallas, TX – The American Fire Sprinkler Association’s (AFSA) Leadership Ladder Foremanship Training Course has been updated to include the latest AFSA inspection forms as well as several updated sample forms from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Designed to teach the newly promoted fire sprinkler foreman to manage projects from beginning to end, the Leadership Ladder guides the new foreman through supervision of a fire sprinkler installation project and the other employees working that job.

            The Leadership Ladder is divided into four sections of six lessons each: Starting the Climb, Scope of Work/Pre-Planning/Schedules, Controlling Job Cost and Productivity, and The Job is Not Done Until the Paperwork is Done. Starting the Climb introduces the basic skills needed by a good foreman. By defining the role of a leader, this chapter outlines the expectations others will have of the foreman as well as what he may expect from himself.

            Scope of Work/Pre-Planning/Schedules defines scope of work and shows the new foreman where to start on a project. The importance of pre-planning and planning is explained, as are the different aspects of scheduling including the proper questions to ask prior to starting a project and the pitfalls to avoid.

            Controlling Job Cost and Productivity explores the importance of proper budgeting and controlling materials and time. Goal setting and time tracking are addressed, as well as the issues of working with other subcontractors, and the proper way to evaluate performance and productivity.

            The Job is Not Done Until the Paperwork is Done helps the foreman make sure the appropriate paperwork is completed. A variety of reports are discussed such as safety, accidents and reporting incidents. This section also addresses test certificates and authorizations required for final approval in addition to the foreman’s responsibility in the completion plan. The Leadership Ladder includes more than 40 pages of sample forms necessary to help manage a project such as Change Order, Request for Information, Employee Injury Report and the latest AFSA Inspection Forms.

The Leadership Ladder is available to AFSA members for $300 per book and $500 for non-members. Price includes 24 tests and the costs involved with grading those tests by AFSA. For more information, visit AFSA’s online store at or call (214) 349-5965.


Established in 1981, the American Fire Sprinkler Association is an international association representing the open shop fire sprinkler contractor. AFSA is dedicated to the educational and professional advancement of the automatic fire sprinkler industry.