Membership Benefits

Contractor BenefitsAssociate Benefits

Contractor Benefits

 

Technical Resources

  • Access to FREE Informal Interpretations, which are written interpretations available from the Technical Services Department, on any subject related to automatic fire sprinklers. Informal interpretations are generated from the AFSA library, NFPA Standards, building codes and the knowledge gained as members of NFPA Technical Committees. Use this benefit like an Extension of your Design Staff
  • Exclusive Members-Only access to the online Informal Interp Archives
  • Weekly technical info through the Tech Update eNewsletter

 

Education & Training

AFSA’s membership benefits include substantial DISCOUNTS and access to the best in education and training for:

  • Fitter Apprenticeship Training: Commercial and Residential
  • System Layout / Designer
  • Inspection, Testing, & Maintenance of Water-Based Systems
  • Foremanship / Sales / Estimating / Project Management
  • Supervisor Online Training
  • Updates and latest changes to industry codes, standards, and practices through a variety of options, including correspondence courses, hands-on classes, traveling seminars, live and on-demand webinars, and online courses

 

Legal Consultation

  • All AFSA members are entitled to a FREE, initial legal consultation, over the phone, with a nationally known attorney who specializes in labor litigation
  • After this initial consultation, if necessary, the attorney will connect you with a law firm in your area who will take on your case

 

Business Solutions

  • AFSA 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • AFSA Contractors Insurance Solution
  • MMIC Health Insurance
  • Background Screening & Drug Testing Service
  • Debt Collections
  • ExxonMobil Fleet Card Program
  • UPS LTL Freight Savings Program

 

Industry Information

  • Receive valuable and timely industry information through Sprinkler Age magazine and AFSA’s many eNewsletters
  • Exclusive Members-Only AFSA website access
  • AFSA’s Ultimate Fire Sprinkler Guide, an Online Buyers Guide for Contractor members
  • AFSA’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram serve as valuable tools to build relations, increase learning, and connect with other members via social media avenues

 

Public Relations / Industry Promotion

  • AFSA works within the industry and the media to promote fire safety and an awareness of the value of fire sprinklers in saving lives and property
  • AFSA is a source of information on legislative activities throughout the nation, and we serve as a clearing house for information and statistics that could help promote sprinklers in your local area
  • AFSA was one of the founding members of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, an organization dedicated to the life-saving value of home fire sprinkler protection

 

Representation

  • AFSA acts as your liaison with other associations involved in fire safety, government agencies that can affect your business environment, and Authorities Having Jurisdiction
  • AFSA helps to create awareness of the dangers of fire by working with the U. S. Fire Administration (USFA) and organizations such as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), and International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
  • AFSA leaders regularly testify before Congress, state legislatures, and city councils and represent the industry at code conferences and other arenas for debate on fire and life safety
  • AFSA also represents your interests on NFPA technical committees that dictate the installation requirements for our industry

 

Safety Resources

  • AFSA’s Toolbox Talks, developed especially for the Fire Sprinkler Contractor, with safety topics ranging from electricity, fall protection, fire safety, hand tools, and much more
  • AFSA’s Day One, Safe One video, an Exclusive Members-Only benefit designed to give new hires an idea of what to expect on the job and to instill the critical importance of a safe working environment from day one

 

Chapter Participation

  • Chapter involvement increases your awareness of developments in the region where you do business and it increases public awareness through local events and charitable contributions such as Chapter golf tournaments/fundraisers
  • AFSA Chapters work aggressively in state and local legislatures for positive fire safety requirements, as well as watching for legislation that may be detrimental to merit shop contractors
  • Chapters help to bring AFSA news, events, initiatives, and training opportunities to the local level
  • Chapters also provide terrific networking opportunities with industry leaders and manufacturer/supplier associates

 

AFSA Hosts the Industry’s Largest Exposition

  • AFSA holds the largest fire sprinkler industry convention and exhibition in North America
  • In addition to presenting the latest in products and technology, the convention includes a wide variety of industry-related business and technical seminars
  • Also watch the best fire sprinkler apprentices in the country as they compete to become the national champion in AFSA’s Annual Apprentice Competition

 

Discounts

  • As an AFSA member, you will receive a discount on all products and services including technical reference products, seminars, training courses, and convention registration
  • Exclusive Members-Only discounts on NFPA Standards

 

Association Participation / Networking

  • Actively participate in the Association through local chapters, committees, educational opportunities, and the convention
  • Your involvement with the Association can help create a better informed and educated member experience

 

Associate (Manufacturer / Supplier) Benefits

 

Networking

As an AFSA Member, Associates are able to share their products and services with Contractors throughout the country through networking opportunities such as Chapter meetings, committee meetings, the NextGen Initiative, area seminars, and other social and educational events.

 

Industry Information

  • Receive valuable and timely industry information through Sprinkler Age Magazine and eNewsletters
  • Member access on the AFSA website
  • Ability to download a Membership Directory listing all Contractor Members from the Member’s Only area of the AFSA website

 

Chapters

  • Access to twenty-two Chapters (and growing) spread across the United States
  • Gain knowledge on local issues through each Chapter, which focus on local needs and initiatives
  • Associates have access to many Chapter specific events and meetings
  • Must be an AFSA National Member to become a Chapter member and attend Chapter functions

 

AFSA Convention & Exhibition

  • Increased visibility in the industry by exhibiting at our Expo
  • Significantly Discounted Exhibit Booths and Convention Registration Fees
  • Exclusive Member’s Only Sponsorship Opportunities leading up to and at Convention to further increase visibility

 

Education

  • Free Webinars on assorted educational and industry hot topics
  • Sprinkler eCampus Continuing Education Courses: Member discounts on any of the courses including Business Development, Management, Sales, etc.)
  • Share your knowledge with members by presenting a proposal to conduct a non-solicited seminar on industry initiatives
  • Take advantage of hosting a “Product Showcase” webinar for a contractor-based audience (average webinar attendance is 500+)

 

Technical Services

  • Associates can reach out to AFSA’s Technical Services department for help in answering questions regarding the codes and standards, especially helpful when there’s a difference in interpretation with an AHJ
  • Access to past informal interpretations from the Member’s Only area of the AFSA website
  • Receive weekly technical information through AFSA’s Tech Update email

 

Business Solutions

  • Background Screening & Drug Testing
  • Debt Collection
  • Freight LTL
  • Fuel & Service Management
  • Health Insurance

 

Association Participation

  • Share your opinion by participating in AFSA’s Manufacturers & Suppliers Council Meetings
  • Get involved with the Association to help create a better informed and educated member experience

 

Mailing labels

  • Purchase mailing labels for marketing mail-outs to our Contractor Members

 

Advertising*

  • Print & Digital Sprinkler Age Magazine
  • Other Digital Opportunities like eNewsletters, Sponsored Emails, and AFSA’s Website
  • Ultimate Fire Sprinkler Guide (Online Buyer’s Guide): 1 free Basic Listing comes with membership as well as additional opportunities to upgrade to an enhanced listing
  • Opportunity to write articles for Sprinkler Age Magazine and AFSA’s blog
  • Run press releases in Sprinkler Age News Section

*Advertising and article opportunities are available to non-members as well, but preferential placement is given to members. Sponsored emails and press releases are a members-only benefit.