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Plans Review for Fire and Life Safety R0393

Intermediate level course
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 intermediate level 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 include full-time 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 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 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.


  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.

Post-course requirements


Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
July 10 - 15, 2022 Cancelled Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply September 18 - 23, 2022 Wait List Opportunity Emmitsburg, Maryland
January 8 - 13, 2023 Application period closed Emmitsburg, Maryland
January 29, 2023 - February 3, 2023 Application period closed Emmitsburg, Maryland
May 21 - 26, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland
August 6 - 11, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland
August 27, 2023 - September 1, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland
September 24 - 29, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland