CLSE Adds New, Low-Cost Educational Opportunities for AHJs
“UL Listings and FM Approvals” and “NFPA 13- 2007 Update” Available Online
The Center For Life Safety Education (CLSE), an educational affiliate of the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), has expanded its activities to include convenient, affordable online educational opportunities for the fire service and other Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) particularly those who are responsible for plan review and approval of fire sprinkler systems. New to the Center’s online training repertoire are two seminars: one created by FM Global (FM) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) covering “UL Listings and FM Approvals” and another presented by CLSE and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) on “NFPA 13- 2007 Update.” Both of the new online seminars were adapted from telephone seminars presented by CLSE earlier this year. They will be available online at the CLSE website November 15, 2006. The audio presentations are accompanied by a slide presentation, and both can be accessed real time or downloaded from the CLSE website so that the user can listen and study the material at his or her convenience – any time, anywhere.
The seminar entitled “UL Listings and FM Approvals” will benefit fire department and building code authorities who inspect or approve fire sprinkler systems, as well as the contractors and layout technicians who design and install the systems. Presented by experts from Underwriters Laboratories and FM Global, this seminar will help the listener better understand some of the subtle, but critical differences between NFPA 13 and specific requirements of products that carry UL Listings and/or FM Approvals and how that affects fire sprinkler system layout. It will also explain the background behind these two organizations that list and/or approve specific products for the fire sprinkler industry and how the process works.
Presented by Bob Caputo, who represents AFSA on the NFPA 13 Installation Committee, “NFPA 13– Changes for the 2007 Edition” will benefit fire department and building code authorities who inspect or approve fire sprinkler systems, as well as the contractors and layout technicians who design and install the systems. This seminar will help the listener better understand some of the subtle, but critical differences in the 2007 edition of NFPA 13 – Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems. It will also explain the revamping of the requirements for protection of piping where subject to damage from earthquakes to meet requirements of the IBC and new allowance for “small rooms” to have a 36" wide opening without a requirement to have an 8" deep lintel.
Already available on the CLSE web site are four online seminars: Residential Sprinklers – Past, Present & Future; Understanding Current Protection Methods for Storage Facilities; Seismic Design for Fire Sprinkler Systems; and Introduction to IBC and IFC Building Codes.
All CLSE online seminars allow participants to listen to a seminar while viewing a slide presentation, which may be viewed in real time or downloaded for use at a later time. Upon completion of a seminar, a certificate will be issued for 0.15 CEUs or 1.5 CPDs if applicable to your skill level as determined by NICET to those who select the documentation option. Seminars are available online for $15, without credit, and $20, including CEU or CPD credit certificate.For additional information on these programs, visit the CLSE web site, www.clse.org