AFSA National Apprentice Competition


AFSA sponsors an Annual National Apprentice Competition. Seven finalists, apprentices representing member companies from across the country, compete to become the winner of this national competition. These contestants take a practical test in the Exhibit Hall during the AFSA Exhibition each year, as they cut, thread and install a steel & plastic piping system with sprinkler heads and perform a pressure test. You will have the opportunity to see this competition from beginning to end.

The seven finalists receive an expense-paid trip to compete, plus a free convention registration for each finalist’s employer. The AFSA winner will receive a cash award, tools and the opportunity to represent AFSA at the ABC Craft Championship! Don’t miss this most exciting event!

Win a Trip to Phoenix

Entry Form DeadlineTesting DatesGuidelines

March 27, 2015 – Entry Form Deadline

Your entry form must be submitted or post-marked by March 27, 2015.  Before submitting the entry form you and your apprentice must read and agree to the guidelines.  Select the “Guidelines” tab above before you enter the contest.



June 6, 2015 – Phase I National Competition

A written exam will be provided by AFSA and will be administered at a predetermined location. Held at your local library or fire department, the phase I National Competition will consist of a two hour multiple choice exam.

October 13, 2015 – Phase II National Competition

Held at AFSA’s Annual Convention in Phoenix, AZ, the National Competition will consist of a three-hour exam, as well as the requirement to cut, thread and install a steel and plastic piping system with sprinkler heads and perform a pressure test. Participants will be graded on accuracy, craftsmanship and safety.

Competition Guidelines

  1. Apprentice’s employer must be a member of AFSA, in good standing.
  2. Apprentice must be actively participating in the AFSA Apprenticeship Courses or enrolled in NCCER/AFSA Fire Sprinkler Fitting Training Series. If an apprentice intends to complete this course work prior to November 1, 2015, he/she is not eligible to compete in AFSA’s National Apprenticeship Competition.
  3. Apprentice must have at least one year of field experience with a MINIMUM of 6 months combined HANDS ON experience in cutting, threading and installing steel pipe AND installing plastic pipe.
  4. Prior to October 13, 2015, the apprentice cannot have worked in the sprinkler trade hanging pipe for more than five years.
  5. If an apprentice has won first, second, or third place in AFSA’s National Apprenticeship Competition and/or ABC’s National Craft Championship, he/she is not eligible to compete.
  6. Apprentices must live within the 48 contiguous states of the United States of America (USA).
  7. An employer can enter as many employees as are eligible from his/her company.
  8. If an apprentice resigns employment from original sponsoring company after June 6, 2015, he/she is not eligible to compete.
  9. The apprentices scoring in the top 7 of the National Competition (Phase I) will qualify to compete in Phoenix, AZ, at the National Competition (Phase II) during AFSA’s Annual Convention provided no more than three (3) apprentices compete from the same membership region. In this case, the top three (3) scoring apprentices from a region will compete.
  10. If more than one apprentice from the same company scores in the top 7 of the National Competition (Phase I), then a maximum of two apprentices from that company will be qualified to compete in the National Competition (Phase II) provided the apprentices are in different regions. In this case, the two qualifying apprentices will be identified by having the top scores in their region.
  11. No production filming or tripod set-up will be permitted during the national competition.