The American Fire Sprinkler Association believes that education is essential to the sustained growth of fire sprinkler businesses and advancement of the fire sprinkler industry’s professionalism overall. We offer a variety of apprentice training curriculum, an inspector training program, beginning fire sprinkler system planning school, educational webinars, seminars all designed to develop the knowledge of the fire sprinkler industry and to develop technical best practices.
This three-day, in-person workshop provides a deep dive into advanced hydraulic principles for standpipe systems, fire pump assemblies, and water storage tanks. Students will receive classroom instruction, work through examples, and complete practice exercises.
- Online testing for 24/7 access
- Modules for customizing your own program
- Visual aids to assist with learning
- Online access to student history and grades
This apprentice program is written from a contractor’s point of view. Each level of the series includes photographs, drawings and tables to provide instruction on proper installation techniques and use of tools. Test materials are provided to allow student testing on a periodic basis.
The four levels are divided into modules. Each module includes a series of lessons that cover a particular topic within the scope of that module. Convenient online testing is included to assess learner knowledge on a periodic basis. For security purposes, a proctor password can be set up (and is strongly recommended) at your request to: 1) ensure the integrity of student testing, and 2) prevent the student from testing without proctor approval or supervision.
- Hiring recommendations
- Applicant screening tips
- Training record keeping
- Pay scale suggestions
- Progressive training guidelines
- Candidate sample promissory note
AFSA’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 for candidates to pass NICET Level II water-based inspection certification exams in less than two years.
- Accelerate the comprehension of plans and various types of building construction for proper sprinkler spacing applications.
- Determine the proper and economic planning of sprinkler system layout and installation methods.
- Know the importance of sprinkler specifications, types of pipe, hangers, fittings, flow tests, etc.
- Learn to develop shop drawings from start to finish.
The Beginning Fire Sprinkler System Planning School presents a comprehensive, practical approach to preparing fire sprinkler system drawings. Students receive two full weeks of instruction, 60% of which is study and review of NFPA 13 (2019). The other 40% is the preparation of fire sprinkler system layout, shop drawings and how to do hydraulic calculations by hand. There is no CAD or third-party software taught in this class.
For Trainees and Entry-Level Technicians
This class is designed for trainees and entry-level technicians with at least six months’ experience as well as those with experience in the sprinkler trade looking to make the transition to design. The students learn by actually planning and drawing sprinkler systems while studying and applying NFPA 13 (2019 Edition).
Experienced layout technicians will find this blended learning course useful to understand the tools they utilize in-depth and gain a deeper knowledge of layout standpipe, fire pump, seismic protection, and the design requirements for general storage. In addition to mastering requirements in NFPA 13, NFPA 14, and NFPA 20, students will utilize computer modeling software to apply design requirements learned throughout the course, becoming familiar with the BIM process. This course begins with an orientation and two 3-hour webinars followed by five days of in-person instruction.
- Apprenticeship Training for Fitters
- Designer Course
- Foremanship Course
- Residential Fire Sprinkler System Installation Course
AFSA’s correspondence courses offer some great skills for for fire sprinkler professionals. Courses offer practical, experience based learning and provide a solid foundation to work across a variety of fire sprinkler skills. Flexible learning, lots of options and great support.
- Live Webinars
- Recorded Webinars
- Fitter Zone
Continuing education helps inform contractors of upcoming changes, innovations, code issues and industry standards. Technology is advancing and contractors need to know how to install and service all systems as new technologies are being introduced.
Remain competitive by keeping up to date regarding issues that impact the dynamic and challenging construction industry through continuing education.
This three-day, in-person workshop provides a deep dive into the principles of hydraulics including the different types of pressure, calculating changes in pressure (elevation and friction loss), and node analysis. Students will receive classroom instruction, work through examples, and validate the work through hydraulic calculation software.
This two-day, in-person course will serve as a refresher for those with at least 2 years of experience preparing to take a professional ITM technician certification exam on Inspection & Testing of Water-Based Systems.
This 3-day, hands-on course is a review of the ITM requirements for various systems and components designed for technicians with at least 1 year of relevant work experience.
- Water-Based Layout Training
- Inspection & Testing of Water-Based Systems
- Special Hazards
- Fire Alarms
- Inspection & Testing of Fire Alarm Systems
Fire Tech Productions is a NICET Recognized Training Provider offering specific training for each of the 5 NICET Fire Protection subfields. These courses are designed to help you learn the codes and be prepared for your NICET Exam.
- How Unions Affect Companies and Supervisors
- How To Make Unions Unnecessary
- How To Stop Cardsigning
- How To Communicate to Employees During a Union Campaign
- Getting “NO” Votes
Simply the best Labor Relations training for Supervisors and Managers. Your Supervisors and Managers know the company’s union-free philosophy and what it means – but do they know how to put that philosophy into action? “Supervisors Can Keep You Union Free” provides the supervisory training and the tools they need to make unions unnecessary.
Although there are other organizations that certify individuals as being competent in the inspection and testing aspects of NFPA 25, ASSE International developed the ASSE 15000 certification program to raise the bar for fire protection industry personnel and ensure public safety. Individuals who are certified to ASSE 15010 have the ability to knowledgeably and skillfully inspect, test, and maintain water-based fire protection systems to the satisfaction of the fire protection industry and beyond the minimum requirements of NFPA 25.
AFSA Technical Review
The experience of the Technical Services Department is an excellent resource for answering questions on the codes and standards.
AFSA’s safety portal is a virtual library that proactively delivers the accident-prevention and safety related information you need to educate your staff, help prevent claims and create a safe work environment.