ITM Inspector Development Program

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At a Glance…

ITMAFSA’s ITM Inspector Development Program utilizes on-demand and live training courses combined with a robustly-structured on the job training (OJT) and mentoring program with the goal of candidates passing NICET Level II water-based inspection certification exams in less than two years.

This comprehensive Program provides recommendations for implementation at every level and the need for a successful, ongoing program right from the start, including:

  • Hiring recommendations
  • Applicant screening tips
  • Training record keeping
  • Pay scale suggestions
  • Progressive training guidelines
  • Candidate sample promissory note


What’s Involved?

Three key figures play pivotal roles in the success of AFSA’s ITM
Inspector Development Program


Deliver a blended learning environment to include:

  • 56 hours of on-demand courses
  • 21 hours of live, interactive web instruction
  • 7 days of live in-class lecture
  • 3.5 days of hands-on field testing and inspections
  • Limited class size to maximize student learning outcomes.
  • Provide a guided and methodical process for the ‘green’ inspector trainee toward NICET I and NICET II certifications.
  • Encourage and foster character-building traits:  honesty, integrity, confidence, professionalism, neat appearance, organization, reliability, accountability, credibility.
  • Strengthen communication skills, both written (for noting inspections and testing observations) and verbal (communicating with your customers).
  • Training and development program developed by seasoned industry experts with 65+ years of combined industry experience and 50+ years of teaching the fire protection community around the globe.

Student, the new Inspector

  • Commit approximately 3 hours a week to program studies.  Much is online and on-demand.
  • Keep pace with Program activities, including OJT tasks lead by your Supervisor as recommended in the program.  This helps to ensure your readiness for pre-scheduled NICET exams.
  • Pursue studies to attain passing scores of 70+ on each assessment and exam.
  • Maintain professional appearance and demeanor.  You are the face of your company!


  • Vet/Recruit the right candidates for this program.  Consider a probationary period and use of a promissory note (template included in the Program!) before enrollment.
  • Designate an in-house supervisor/instructor to the student to oversee student’s ITM training.
    • Someone the student can approach with questions.
  • Adhere to the activities and related timeline with regards to OJT tasks as recommended in the Program.
    • This involves documenting and verifying work experience as required by NICET as part of their certification process.
    • This also ensures the student keeps pace within the Program cycle and is duly prepared as each new phase of this comprehensive two-year Program begins.

Who’s the Right Student for the ITM Program?

This decision is ultimately yours as the employer.  Ideal candidates may include existing staff members, local community college fire protection or fire fighter program graduates, aging installers, military service veterans, and others with the aptitude and attitude needed to become a professional inspector.  The person you select will become the ‘face’ of your company to many of your customers.  Therefore, your decision must be made with care.  Some key considerations are:

  • Measure appearance, attitude, and aptitude
  • Someone who wants to learn
  • Someone who takes care in their appearance, recognizing their respected role as the representative of your company to your customers
  • Background checks, drug screens
  • Someone who can read, write, and speak well
  • Courteous and friendly with customers
  • Can communicate with a customer without overuse of industry jargon
  • Takes care of their workspace, cleans up after themselves

View Actual Cycle Course Schedules by Choosing Spring or Fall Below:

Spring 2017  SOLD OUT!    |    Fall 2017


General Program Timeline


MODULE 1: Core Curriculum – Introduction to the Trade

Roles of Inspector, fire science, water-based and non water-based systems, water supplies, NFPA 25, safety, fall protection, PPE, ladders, electrical safety


MODULE 2:  NICET Level I Exam and Preparation

Practice exams, procedures, forms, inspection and testing fundamentals

MODULE 3:  Fire Protection Systems and Inspection/Testing Procedures

Inspection and testing procedures for fire pumps, standpipes, hose systems, private fire service mains, obstructions, valve interiors, sprinklers, gauges, dry systems, waterflow and supervisory devices, no-flow pumps, antifreeze solutions

Includes 6.5 days of live training at AFSA HQ in Dallas, Texas


MODULE 4:  Water Supplies and Fire Pumps

Hydraulic basics, calculating water flow, flow testing for hydrants, standpipes, and fire pumps, performance criteria

MONTHS 11-19

MODULE 5:  Advanced Inspection and Testing Procedures

Preplanning, professionalism, safety, liability, documentation.  Advanced inspection and testing training on sprinkler systems, standpipes, private fire service mains, water storage tanks, obstructions, and fire pump performance.


MODULE 6:  Inspection and Testing Review and Field Work

Includes hands-on inspection and testing applications including system components, valves, signage, pump room, controllers, diesel engine components, water storage tanks, hydrants, private fire service mains, check valves, obstructions, FDCs, main drains, water flow alarms, supervisory devices, control valves, pressure gauges, no-flow fire pumps, dry systems, dry valves, antifreeze solutions

MODULE 7:  NICET Level II Exam and Preparation

Practice exams, work management, documentation, and report.

Complete required work experience to meet NICET’s Level II certification requirements.

Includes 8.5 days of live lab and classroom training.



AFSA makes no implied or expressed warranty that studying these materials or passing the assessments or exams will ensure passage of the related NICET test elements or certification by NICET.

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Enrolling Now for Session Beginning Fall 2017


Special Introductory Registration Price

AFSA Members:    $3,600

(Payment 1: $2,500; Payment 2: $550; Payment 3: $550)


Non-Members:    $7,200

(Available for Registration 6 weeks prior to first class)


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