Overview of firestop inspection training steps
(See flowchart below)
1a. Online training curriculum
IBC 2012 and NFPA 1, widely adopted across the US, both require inspection of firestopping to comply with standards ASTM E2174 and E2393. Since early 2014, the IFC has made available a
free, self-paced online training curriculum
for firestop special inspectors at:
1b. Online exam to earn an IFC Certificate for special inspectors
Inspectors wanting a third-party confirmation of their firestop inspection knowledge and expertise can take the 2-hour online exam offered by the IFC. Those passing the exam are issued an IFC
Certificate of Achievement
, and are listed at
2. Hands-on product training
Obtaining hands-on product training from 4 manufacturers, or from an IFC-Approved 4-hour product familiarization class allows your IFC Certificate to be upgraded to a Premier Certificate. An IFC Premier Certificate is required for OSHPD approval of firestop inspectors in existing construction.
The hands-on training by itself (without IFC exam certificate) is required as a minimum for OSHPD approval of firestop inspectors for small remodel projects.
3. 1-day how-to-inspect firestop training seminar
Intertek requires the completion of a 1-day, hands-on firestop inspection seminars for those wanting to apply for the Intertek IQP designation (Step 4.). The Intertek IQP designation is required for OSHPD approval of firestop inspectors in new construction and additions.
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