Learn Sprinkler System Design

2021 School Curriculum Updated to NFPA 13, 2019 Edition

The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) has set its first group of 2021 schools for its popular Beginning Fire Sprinkler System Planning School—and they’re on the road! If you’re in California or Florida, one of these schools could be the perfect fit. Classes currently scheduled include January 18 – 29 in Tampa Bay, Florida; February 22 – March 5 in Sacramento, California; and April 12-23 in San Diego, California. AFSA will schedule future schools in AFSA’s Training Center in Dallas and other locations as well.

New for 2021—Updated Curriculum!

Taught by AFSA’s expert technical staff, AFSA’s Beginning Fire Sprinkler System Planning School teaches the essential elements of system layout in accordance with NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems. Recent upgrades have been made to the content, updating it from the 2016 edition to the 2019 edition of the standard. The school is designed to train a beginner to be productive immediately upon returning to work. This class is designed for those with no experience or those who need assistance with design. The school presents a comprehensive, practical approach to preparing fire sprinkler system drawings. Students receive two full weeks of instruction: 60 percent is the study and review of NFPA 13, and 40 percent is the preparation of fire sprinkler system layout, shop drawings, and hydraulic calculations. 

Attendees are given the tools to accelerate the comprehension of plans and various types of building construction for proper sprinkler spacing applications; determine the proper and economical planning of fire sprinkler system layout and installation methods; know the importance of sprinkler specifications, types of pipe, hangers, fittings, flow tests, etc.; learn to develop shop drawings from start to finish; learn to coordinate with other trades such as plumbing, mechanical, structural and electrical; perform manual hydraulic calculations, preparing the student for an easier decision-making process when using a computer to perform hydraulics; and prepare shop drawings in class for projects with different applications.

Early registration is highly encouraged at firesprinkler.org/design. For additional details, email AFSA Meeting & Events Coordinator Liz Rosemiller at liz@firesprinkler.org or call (214) 349-5965 ext. 117.

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