07 Mar New NFPA certification helps qualify water-based suppression system technology
The National Fire Protection Association has launched a new certification to help qualify and test water-based suppression systems.
The new standards can help sprinkler technicians, contractors and others to ensure their water systems are fit for building standards against fire and for saving lives. The new test, called the Water-Based Fire Protection Systems Inspection Testing and Maintenance (ITM) Certification Program, will test suppression technology to check it can adequately contain a fire in an emergency.
The online learning and accreditation has been developed to support those charged with independently managing the full spectrum of inspection, testing and maintenance (ITM) duties. Those undertaking the certification course can do so at their own pace via the online NFPA system. The modules cover the current edition of NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems against the blueprint of the certification exam.
The latest course from the NFPA is designed to help practitioners grasp the information in the new Water-Based Fire Protection Systems Inspection Testing and Maintenance Certification Program, which helps professionals demonstrate their proficiency, knowledge and a firm understanding of water-based systems ITM. To earn the certification, candidates must have a minimum of five years of relevant work experience, obtain an attestation from a supervisor or employer, and pass the exam.
The NFPA consulted with a variety of stakeholders, including international facilities management personnel and authorities, about the difficulty of identifying qualified contractors who can competently perform necessary ITM tasks for water-based fire suppression systems.
For more information about the program, go here.