Apprenticeship Training Courses for Fire Sprinkler Fitters

(Course Curriculum is published jointly by American Fire Sprinkler Association and the National Center for Construction Education and Research.)
Revised 08/2017

Series G

Level I 

15 Modules

(G0) Upon completion of Level I the trainee will be awarded 15.25 CEUs (152.5 Credit Hours).

Module 00101-15 Basic Safety (12.5 Hours)

Upon successful completion of this module, the trainee will be able to describe the importance of safety, the causes of workplace incidents, and the process of hazard recognition and control; describe the safe work requirements for elevated work, including fall protection guidelines; identify and explain how to avoid struck-by hazards; identify common energy-related hazards and explain how to avoid them; identify and describe the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE); identify and describe other specific job-site safety hazards, such as exposure hazards, environmental extremes, hot work, basic firefighting procedures, and confined spaces.
  • Lesson 1 (Sections 1.0.0 through 3.2.3)
  • Lesson 2 (Sections 4.0.0 through Summary)
 

Module 00102-015 Introduction to Construction Math (10 Hours)

Upon successful completion of this module, the trainee will be able to identify whole numbers and demonstrate how to work with them mathematically; explain how to work with fractions; describe the decimal system and explain how to work with decimals; identify various tools used to measure length and show how they are used; identify and convert units of length, weight, volume, and temperature between the Imperial and metric systems of measurement; and identify basic angles and geometric shapes and explain how to calculate their area and volume.
  • Lesson 3 (Sections 1.0.0 through 4.2.4)
  • Lesson 4 (Sections 5.0.0 through Summary)
 

Module 00103-15 Introduction to Hand Tools (10 Hours)

Upon successful completion of this module, the trainee will be able to identify and explain how to use various types of hand tools (hammers, chisels, punches, screwdrivers, adjust and non-adjustable wrenches, socket and torque wrenches, pliers and wire cutters); identify and describe how to use various types of measurement and layout tools (rules, levels); identify and explain how to use various types of cutting and shaping tools (handsaws, files, utility knives); and identify and explain how to use other common hand tools (shovels, picks, chain falls, come-alongs, clamps).
  • Lesson 5 (All sections)
 

Module 00104-15 Introduction to Power Tools (10 Hours)

Upon successful completion of this module, the trainee will be able to identify and explain how to use various types of power drills and impact wrenches (power drills, bits, hammer drill, pneumatic drill); identify and explain how to use various types of power saws (circular, saber, reciprocating, portable band, miter, cutoff); identify and explain how to use various grinders and grinder attachments; and identify and explain how to use miscellaneous power tools such as pneumatic and powder-actuated fastening tools, pavement breakers, and hydraulic jacks.
  • Lesson 6 (All sections)
 

Module 00105-15 Introduction to Construction Drawings (10 Hours)

Upon successful completion of this module, the trainee will be able to identify and describe various types of construction drawings (civil, architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing/piping, electrical, fire protection); describe the purpose of the five basic components of construction drawings; explain the significance of various drawing elements, such as lines of construction, abbreviations, symbols, and grid lines; identify and describe the use of dimensions, various drawing scales, and how to use engineer's and architect's scales.
  • Lesson 7 (All sections)
 

Module 00106-15 Basic Rigging (7.5 Hours)

Upon successful completion of this module, the trainee will be able to identify and describe various types of slings and how to inspect them; identify and describe how to inspect common rigging hardware; identify and describe various types of joists; and identify and describe basic rigging hitches and the related Emergency Stop hand signal.
  • Lesson 8 (All sections)
 

Module 00107-15 Basic Communication Skills (7.5 Hours)

Upon successful completion of this module, the trainee will be able to describe the communication, listening, and speaking processes and their relationship to job performance (including nonverbal communication, active listening, courteous and professional telephone calls, and tips for dealing with conflict); and describe good reading and writing skills and their relationship to job performance (including emails and texting).

Module 00108-15 Basic Employability Skills (7.5 Hours)

Upon successful completion of this module, the trainee will be able to describe the opportunities in the construction businesses and how to enter the construction workforce; explain the importance of critical thinking and how to solve problems (potential barriers, problems related to planning and scheduling); and explain the importance of good social skills and identify the way they are applied in the construction trade (resolving conflict with co-workers and supervisors, give and receive constructive criticism, social issues within the workplace, working in a team environment, being an effective leader).
  • Lesson 9 (All sections in both modules)
 

Module 00109-15 Introduction to Material Handling (5 Hours)

Upon successful completion of this module, the trainee will be able to identify the basic concepts of material handling and common safety precautions (manual lifting, how to tie knots commonly used in material handling); identify various types of material handling equipment and describe how they are used (motorized and non-motorized handling equipment).
  • Lesson 10 (All sections)
 

Module 18101-13 – Orientation to the Trade (5 hours)

Upon completion of this module, the trainee will be able to identify career opportunities in the Sprinkler Fitting industry, define the typical work environment of a sprinkler fitter, identify basic tools and materials of the trade, identify trade-specific safety hazards, identify plans specific to the sprinkler fitting industry, and define how to best organize job-site materials.
  • Lesson 11 (Sections 1.0.0 through 5.10.0)
  • Lesson 12 (Sections 6.0.0 through Summary)
 

Module 18102-13 – Introduction to Components & Systems (7.5 hours)

Upon completion of this module, the trainee will be able to define the term Listed and explain how the term relates to sprinkler systems, explain the purpose of a Listing agency, describe the characteristics of common sprinkler heads, state the important characteristics of aboveground pipe, including wall thickness and joining methods, define C-factor and list the advantages of a higher C-factor, describe the types of pipe hangers and sway bracing, and identify the characteristics of control valves, check valves, water flow alarms, and fire department connections.
  • Lesson 13 (Sections 1.0.0 through 3.5.0)
  • Lesson 14 (Sections 4.0.0 through Summary)
 

Module 18103-13 – Steel Pipe (22.5 hours)

Upon completion of this module, the trainee will be able to follow basic safety precautions for the preparation and installation of steel pipe, identify types of steel pipe, calculate take-outs, set up equipment, measure and cut steel pipe, assemble threaded, grooved, and plain-end pipe, and check for correctness of end preparation.
  • Lesson 15 (Sections 1.0.0 through 4.2.0)
  • Lesson 16 (Sections 5.0.0 through 6.4.0)
  • Lesson 17 (Sections 7.0.0 through 8.4.5)
  • Lesson 18 (Sections 8.4.6 through Summary)
 

Module 18104-13 – CPVC Pipe and Fittings (10 hours)

Upon completion of this module, the trainee will be able to follow basic safety precautions for the preparation and installation of CPVC pipe, identify approved CPVC pipe, calculate take-outs, set up equipment, join and cure CPVC pipe, and check for correctness of end preparation.
  • Lesson 19 (Sections 1.0.0 through 3.3.0)
  • Lesson 20 (Sections 4.0.0 through Summary)
 

Module 18105-13 – Copper Tube Systems (10 hours)

Upon completion of this module, the trainee will be able to follow basic safety precautions for the preparation and installation of plastic pipe, identify approved types of copper pipe, calculate take-outs, set up equipment, cut, chamfer, and clean copper pipe, and check for correctness of end preparation.
  • Lesson 21 (Sections 1.0.0 through 5.6.0)
  • Lesson 22 (Sections 6.0.0 through Summary)
 

Module 18106-13 – Underground Pipe (17.5 hours)

Upon completion of this module, the trainee will be able to identify types and properties of soil, explain excavation safety, explain sloping requirements for different types of soil, explain digging trenches, describe excavation support systems, describe types of bedding material, identify and describe types of underground pipe, describe thrust blocks and restraints, identify and describe hydrants, yard valves, hydrant houses, and associated appurtenances, explain testing, inspection, and chlorinating of underground pipe, and fill out an Underground Test Certificate.
  • Lesson 23 (Sections 1.0.0 through 6.1.4)
  • Lesson 24 (Sections 6.2.0 through 8.15.0)
  • Lesson 25 (Sections 9.0.0 through Summary)
 

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