12:30 PM – 3:30 PM

The National Apprentice Competition is AFSA’s flagship event, held every year in the AFSA Exhibition Hall. It is the biggest industry apprentice education and skills excellence event in North America. The seven competitors represent the finest craftsmen in the industry and stand out based on their performance in local competitions. The top seven apprentices advance to the national competition where they will cut, thread and install a miniature steel and plastic pipe system complete with sprinklers for a packed exhibit hall crowd. The winner with the highest combined points in the written and practical tests will receive top honors and a $5,000 cash award! Come and find out in person who will be the next national apprentice winner.

The Competition aims to raise the profile and recognition of skilled fire sprinkler apprentices, and to highlight for us all how vitally important the technical craft of installation is to the success of our industry. Established in 1994, the AFSA National Apprentice Competition is dedicated to strengthening and growing skilled apprentices, through higher education, advocacy, and industry promotion.

If you would like to support these efforts, please consider making a monetary contribution to help offset the rising costs associated with hosting this world-class skills competition. Your contribution will be recognized at our convention and exhibition and in Sprinkler Age magazine as well as various events at the convention. Visit AFSA's website for donation benefits and a registration form to contribute.

NextGen reception


6:00 PM - 7:00 PM  

If you’re looking for an opportunity to make a significant impact in the life of a young professional or learn from an experienced mentor in the fire sprinkler industry, we hope you’ll join us on for AFSA’s young professional group the NextGen Initiative’s (NGI) first Mentor Mixer. We will encourage active NGI Mentoring Program participants to meet up at this event, and those interested in mentoring to come and learn more about NGI’s Mentoring Program.
This event is for anyone that is or is considering being an AFSA mentor - join NGI for a night of networking with like-minded peers! 

While free, advanced registration is required.

Bob receives Parmalee Award


1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Each year, AFSA's General Session marks the first official event gathering the AFSA family together to celebrate the best in the industry. Along with engaging entertainment, AFSA will take this special occasion to recognize the most inspirational people in the industry by presenting its most prestigious honors to the Henry S. Parmelee Award winner, the Sprinkler Advocate of the Year, and the Young Professional of the Year. AFSA will also introduce you to the top seven apprentices in the country. Join AFSA as we showcase the best of the best in the industry. This event is open to all registered attendees.

exhibitor session


3:30 PM – 7:00 PM (EXHIBITS OPEN)

This is where cutting-edge technology and the most innovative sprinkler design meet the experienced business leaders who know how to put that technology to use. It all comes together at our marquee event - the Exhibition Grand Opening Reception! The Exhibition includes more than 100 exhibiting companies, making it hands down the leading exhibition of fire sprinkler products and services in the country. Attire is business casual.



FRIDAY, Oct. 4
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Join us as we crown the Apprentice Competition champion with an exclusive party at SeaWorld San Diego. A night of fun that includes dinner, drinks, and music. A jet-helicopter flight simulator sends you over the breathtaking, perilous, icy landscapes of the Arctic Circle en route to Base Station Wild Arctic where you will meet penguins, walruses and beluga whales. However, the fun doesn’t stop there because the tallest and fastest roller coaster in SeaWorld San Diego’s history is here! Riders of Electric Eel will drop from heights of 150 feet while getting boosted 60 mph forwards and backward through looping twists and an inverted heartline roll.