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Plans Review for Fire and Life Safety R0393

Curriculum: Fire Prevention: Technical
Training Specialist

Keith Heckler

Delivery type
6-day on-campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in fire science, fire protection, or fire engineering.

This six-day course will assist students in verifying that construction documents comply with applicable building and fire codes for fire protection and life safety requirements.

Subjects addressed in the course include:

  • Site plan reviews for emergency apparatus access, water supply, and hydrants for fire protection.
  • Review of architectural drawings for construction requirements, means of egress for life safety, and fire-resistive compartmentalization.
  • Evaluation of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.
  • Evaluation of exit illumination and emergency power supplies.
  • Assessment of the need for built-in fire protection systems and smoke control/management systems.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus: PDF 187KB
Welcome Letter, Pre-course Assignment PDF 299KB
Course Syllabus

Selection criteria

Students will include fire inspectors, deputy fire marshals, fire plans examiners, building officials, building plans examiners, and building inspectors with at least one year on the job experience.

Students should have an understanding of fire protection principles and fire behavior, familiarity with the building and fire codes, and understand the legal aspects of code enforcement. Students should have a conceptual understanding of the purpose of the fire and building codes to protect occupants and the community.

Priority enrollment will be given to applicants with any of the following:

  • Completion of Fire Inspection Principles I or II.
  • International Code Council (ICC) Fire Plans Examiner Certification.
  • ICC Commercial Plans Examiner Certification.
  • National Fire Protection Association Fire Plans Examiner Certification.

NOTE: Local jurisdictions are encouraged to submit applications of both their fire and building plans examiners to attend a 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 signed by the head of the sponsoring organizations, with a cover letter indicating that they are applying as a team.


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.

For the fire official: 12 months experience in either a code enforcement, fire safety inspection or fire investigation function.

For the building official: 12 months experience in either a code enforcement or building inspection function.

Required pre-course work available through NFA Online: Q0751 - Principles of Building Construction.

Post-course requirements


Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP Train-the-Trainer?
June 27, 2021 - July 2, 2021 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
July 11 - 16, 2021 Cancelled Emmitsburg, Maryland
July 25 - 30, 2021 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
August 29, 2021 - September 3, 2021 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
May 22 - 27, 2022 Apply on 10/15/2021 - 12/15/2021 Emmitsburg, Maryland
June 12 - 17, 2022 Apply on 10/15/2021 - 12/15/2021 Emmitsburg, Maryland