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Plans Review for Fire and Life Safety R0393

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 protection engineering.

Intermediate-level course

This intermediate-level, 6-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.

Pre-course materials and course syllabus

Welcome Letter, Pre-course Assignment: PDF 187KB
Course Syllabus: PDF 299KB

Students include full-time fire inspectors, deputy fire marshals, fire plans examiners, building officials, building plans examiners, and building inspectors with at least 1 year on-the-job experience who have responsibility for reviewing construction plans for code compliance. Applicants who are transitioning into or acquiring additional responsibilities must submit a letter from the chief or organizational head of their department stating such.

Students must 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 must have a conceptual understanding of the purpose of the fire and building codes to protect occupants and the community.

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 5 pairs of such officials per course offering. Applications must be submitted together, must be approved and signed by the head of the sponsoring organizations, and must include 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. Required pre-course work available through NFA Online: Q0751, "Principles of Building Construction."

Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
November 12 - 17, 2023 Wait List Opportunity Apply Emmitsburg, Maryland
January 7 - 12, 2024 Wait List Opportunity Apply Emmitsburg, Maryland
January 28, 2024 - February 2, 2024 Wait List Opportunity Apply Emmitsburg, Maryland
May 19 - 24, 2024 Apply between 12/15/2023 - 1/15/2024 Emmitsburg, Maryland
August 25 - 30, 2024 Apply between 3/15/2024 - 4/15/2024 Emmitsburg, Maryland