Water-Based Fire Protection System Plans Review R0137

Curriculum: Fire Protection: Technical
Training Specialist

Keith Heckler

Delivery type
6-day on-campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, three semester hours in fire science.

This six-day course will enable students to perform a plan review to evaluate the suitability of the fire sprinkler, pump, and standpipe plans and calculations in accordance with nationally recognized standards for design and installation.

Course content covers:

  • Fire protection standards.
  • Plan reading.
  • Water supplies.
  • Building envelope features.
  • Fire protection hydraulics mathematics.
  • Fire pumps.
  • Sprinkler systems.
  • Standpipe systems.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus:

https://nfa.usfa.fema.gov/ax/pcm/pcm_r0137.pdf PDF 112KB
Welcome Letter, Pre-course Assignment, BYOD Instructions
https://nfa.usfa.fema.gov/ax/syll/syllabus_r0137.pdf PDF 142KB
Course Syllabus

Selection criteria

Anyone responsible for the review and/or approval of building and fire/life safety design in the regulatory process. This includes building officials, fire marshals, fire inspectors, plan examiners and fire prevention officers.

Preference will be given to applicants who have previously attended National Fire Academy’s “Plans Review for Fire and Life Safety" (R0393).

Note: Local jurisdictions are encouraged to submit applications for both their fire and building officials to attend the course together if both meet the selection criteria. Priority selection will be given for up to five pairs of such officials per course offering. Applications must be submitted together, be approved, and be signed by the head of the sponsoring organizations, with a cover letter indicating that they are applying as a team.


  1. Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online. Chief’s signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.
  2. Working knowledge and understanding of prescriptive codes and fundamental understanding of fire behavior.
  3. Three or more years of experience in either a code enforcement or fire safety inspection function.
  4. Students in the fire service should not have less than three years’ experience in either a code enforcement or fire safety inspection/plan review function.
  5. Allied professionals should possess an associate degree in engineering, architecture, building design, or risk management from an accredited college.

Post-course requirements


Student comments

This course provides a good introduction to fire sprinkler layouts and components.