Apply now for AFSA’s 15th Annual National Apprentice Competition

The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) will host its 15th Annual National Apprentice Competition, Oct. 17, 2008 in Washington, D.C. Seven of America’s finest fire sprinkler fitter apprentices will face off in an intense, one-day head-to-head skills contest in the national competition held at AFSA’s 27th Annual Convention and Exhibition, October 15-19, 2008 at the Marriott Wardman Park.

Newly increased cash prizes will be awarded: $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place, $2,000 for third place, and $1,000 fourth-seventh place. In addition, the first place winner will receive an expense-paid trip to Honolulu to compete at the Associated Builders & Contractors’ (ABC) Craft Championship, February 25- March 1, 2009.

The national competition consists of two parts: a three-hour written examination and a practical examination in which the apprentice must cut, thread and install a steel and plastic piping system with sprinklers and perform a pressure test. Participants will be accessed on their accuracy, craftsmanship and safety.

Apprentices interested in participating must apply with AFSA by Friday, April 4, 2008. Application forms and entry guidelines can be obtained from AFSA by visiting the “Apprentice Competition” page at www.firesprinkler.org, by calling (214) 349-5965 ext. 132, or by reading the February issue of AFSA’s Sprinkler Age magazine.

To enter AFSA’s 15th National Apprentice Competition, the apprentice’s employer must be a member in good-standing with AFSA; the apprentice must be actively participating in the AFSA Apprenticeship Courses or be currently enrolled in the Contren Learning Series Course for Sprinkler Fitters; the apprentice cannot have worked in the sprinkler trade, hanging pipe, for more than five years; and the apprentice must live within the continental United States to have expenses paid to the competition. Also, an apprentice who has won first, second, or third place at AFSA’s National Apprentice Competition and/or ABC’s Craft Championship is not eligible to compete. Employers may enter as many apprentices as are eligible from their company.

To compete in AFSA’s national competition, contestants first must take a written examination on June 28, 2008. The top seven contestants will advance to the national competition. Each of these seven finalists will receive an expense-paid trip to compete in the national finals in D.C., and the employer of each of the seven finalists will receive one complimentary registration to attend AFSA’s Convention & Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

AFSA’s 27th Annual Convention and Exhibition, AFSA in DC: A Capitol Experience, is the fire sprinkler industry’s largest and most comprehensive convention. Seminars to be held during the 2008 convention will interest contractors, designers, Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs), manufacturers, suppliers, and others in the fire sprinkler industry.

For a downloadable application or for more information, visit AFSA’s Apprentice Competition page directly at http://www.firesprinkler.org/convention/apprcontest.html.

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