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AFSA's new system design training offers unique approach to learning Applied Sprinkler Technology

Published on 23 July 2009

AFSA has announced new online components in its Applied Sprinkler Technology training program
AFSA has announced new online components in its Applied Sprinkler Technology training program
Multi-part series goes online on AFSA's Fire Sprinkler eCampus

The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), pioneer in fire sprinkler industry training for 28 years, has announced newly released online components in its updated Applied Sprinkler Technology training program. This new approach to AFSA design training contains updated elements from the correspondence version of Applied Sprinkler Technology, reorganized and divided in such a way so that beginning or advanced layout technicians can effectively customize their design education based on their level of experience and knowledge.

Newly released Applied Sprinkler Technology: Lesson 1, a three-hour program in the first (Fundamental) block is an introduction to automatic fire sprinkler system layout. Based around the 2007 edition of NFPA 13, this interactive online course provides the latest information about fire protection and fire sprinkler systems, including a brief history, information on codes and standards affecting the industry, and metric units and conversions.

Applied Sprinkler Technology: Lesson 1, will earn attendees 0.3 CEUs or 3.0 CPDs (if applicable to your skill level as determined by NICET) upon completion, and is value priced at $125 for AFSA members ($155 for non-members). Other eCampus courses vary in length and price.

The remaining five lessons in the Fundamental Block - several of which are nearing completion and will be available in coming months - include training on overhead piping materials, CPVC, copper tubing, PEX pipe, hangers & supports, wet pipe, antifreeze & dry pipe systems, preaction & deluge systems, reading and preparing plans & specifications, obstructed & unobstructed construction, occupancies & hazard classifications, sprinkler spacing, location & position, piping & sprinkler layout, system configurations, material takeoff, sleeving, and drains.

Complementing the Fundamental Block, is the second block in AFSA's comprehensive design training, which covers hydraulic calculations. Three of the four lessons in this block - Hydraulic Calculations, Parts 1, 2, and 3 - are already available on eCampus.

The third and final block of the total program, which is still in development, will discuss more advanced subjects such as pumps, in-depth storage criteria, special systems (i.e. foam, flow control, water spray, special hazard, water mist, chemical, wet chemical), and alarm & detection.

Visit AFSA's Fire Sprinkler eCampus and click "View Course Listings." Applied Sprinkler Technology: Lesson 1 is under the "architects/designers" tab. Browse all categories to view the hundreds of other valuable programs offered online.

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