AFSA's Online System Design Training Series Teaches Applied Sprinkler Technology

The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), pioneer in fire sprinkler industry training for 28 years, announces 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, http://afsa.redvector.com/LMS20/Ext/Account/Order/Shopcart/ItemDetail.aspx?id=8fcaf2ba-7d2f-44de-8917-e45f11a02801, 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 and supports, wet pipe, antifreeze and dry pipe systems, preaction and deluge systems, reading and preparing plans and specifications, obstructed and unobstructed construction, occupancies and hazard classifications, sprinkler spacing, location and position, piping and 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 and detection.

Visit AFSA's Fire Sprinkler eCampus, http://www.firesprinkler.org/training/ecampus.html 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. For more information, call (214) 349-5965.

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