Virtual Instruction Program (VIP)

Important Dates

CourseEarly Bird RegistrationRegular RegistrationLate Registration
Level 1 - Begins Aug. 5, 2024Before June 21, 2024June 22- July 26, 2024July 27 - Sept. 6, 2024
Download Level 1 Class Schedule
Level 2 - Begins Oct. 8, 2024Before Aug. 23, 2024Aug. 24 - Sept. 27, 2024Sept. 28 - Nov. 4, 2024
Download Level 2 Class Schedule
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AFSA now offers a virtual instruction program (VIP) for the apprentice curriculum. The Sprinkler Fitting curriculum is now in its 4th edition. This version correlates with NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, 2019 edition. These textbook materials are produced through a partnership between AFSA and NCCER.

Each level provides ten months of education to accompany the On-The-Job Learning (OJL) conducted by the employer. The education includes the Sprinkler Fitting textbooks, two live monthly sessions, performance tasks to reinforce the modules, self-study components, and assessments.

The live lessons are instructed by AFSA staff and subject matter experts. Each session will run for 2 hours and includes time for discussion. Lessons will be delivered twice each scheduled day to accommodate multiple time zones. A calendar will be provided with registration that contains specific dates. Participants are required to attend the live sessions.

Performance tasks are the execution of items that correspond to the lesson. This reinforcement increases the learning and retention of participants. The tasks are verified by the supervisor (employer) designated during VIP registration. These tasks must be finished to complete the level.

During the self-study portion, the apprentice is expected to read the accompanying sections that support the lesson and review any add-on resources, such as videos or articles that have been provided. The text provides questions with each module to help guide the apprentice and ensure key concepts are absorbed.

Also included are assessments via the learning management system. For Level 1 and Level 2, there will be one exam per module. For Levels 3 and 4, the number of assessments will be reduced from those corresponding to the 3rd edition of the textbooks, but for subjects that warrant it, there may be more than one exam per module. In addition, the testing will be virtually proctored, which adds strength to the quality of the education program.

$2,000 + Enrollment Fee
Levels 1-4

$2,800 + Enrollment Fee
Levels 1-4

Coming Soon
Level 3 & Level 4

Enrollment Fees:
     $425 – Early Registration
     $475 – Regular Registration
     $600 – Late Registration

  • Live virtual instruction.
  • Online testing for 24/7 access
  • Online access to student history and grades
  • Uses the 4th Edition of the Sprinkler Fitting Curriculum

VIP Live Training Schedule - 2024

For detailed information on the sprinkler fitting series, please click here.

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