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  • 16.04.2022 7:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The American Fire Sprinkler Association and the Southern California Chapter Present:

    California Fitter Training

    April 29-30, 2022 • Burbank, CA

    AFSA National and the Southern California Chapter of AFSA are pleased to offer 2 full days of training presented by AFSA Vice President of Technical Services & Engineering, John Denhardt, P.E., FSFPE. This training will be beneficial for contractors, fitters, and AHJs. We will award same-day certificates to those who register on or before April 22, 2022. Remember, April 30, 2022 is the last day to renew your fitter license without a late fee. See below for CAL FIRE CEU & other credit information for this training.


    Seminar Location

    Burbank Youth Center

    75 E Santa Anita Ave,

    Burbank, CA 91501


    Registration

    The fees shown below are advanced ratesAdd $40 to these rates if registering after April 22, 2022. If registering after April 22, you will not be able to pick up your certificate on-site. 


    AFSA Members: $120 per day or $60 per session

    Non-members: $200 per day or $100 per session

    AHJs: $80 per day or $40 per session 


    Continuing Education Credit

    0.4 CEU per session

    0.4 CAL FIRE CEU per session* (read below for important details)

    4.0 NICET CPD per session**


    *CAL FIRE CEU

    While this course is not pre-approved for CAL FIRE CEUs, AFSA is a CAL FIRE-approved training provider. See recent changes for this first renewal period only, published by CAL FIRE in 2022: Continuing Education Units. It states:

    • “All Sprinkler Fitter-related courses will be accepted starting from July 1, 2017, until June 30, 2022, from the first date of your certification/license.”
    • “Course must have been taken through a nationally recognized certified trainer no earlier than the first date of your sprinkler fitter/certification license.”

    To earn CAL FIRE CEU, you must provide your Fitter ID number when you sign in for each training session. AFSA will award same-day certificates to those registering on or before April 22. If registering after April 22, you will receive your certificate(s) after April 30. Remember, April 30, 2022 is the last day to renew your fitter license without a late fee. 


    **NICET

    To find out if you can claim NICET CPD points for these courses, please review Section II.B of NICET’s Recertification Policy: http://www.nicet.org/about-us/policies/policy30/

    Speaker

    John August Denhardt, P.E., ET, CWBSP, FSFPE

    John August Denhardt, P.E., ET, FSFPE, CWBSP, is Vice President of Engineering and Technical Services for AFSA. He is a Professional Engineer (P.E.) registered in the District of Columbia as well as the states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He is a NICET Level III in Automatic Sprinkler System Layout and Inspection and Testing of Water-Based Systems and an NFPA Certified Water-Based Systems Professional (CWBSP). He is a member of the NFPA 13 Sprinkler Discharge Committee and is a Fellow in the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). Denhardt is a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Research Foundation trustee, sits on the University of Maryland Department of Fire Protection Engineering’s Board of Visitors, and is a member of the SFPE Board of Directors. A native of Maryland, Denhardt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland in College Park.

    Click the button below to register or download the registration form here. You will need your firesprinkler.org login to register at the member rate. If you don't know your login, you can request it here. A staff member will respond within 1 business day.

    Register Now

    Advanced rates end April 22!

    Note: If registering a group, download and fill out this PDF form. If the payment info is the same, you can fill out one form and submit a separate list of attendee names and email addresses.

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  • 09.04.2022 9:12 AM | Anonymous


    https://osfm.fire.ca.gov/media/drujhzmj/continuing-education-unit-approved-provider-list-rev-1-2022-1.pdf

  • 09.04.2022 9:07 AM | Anonymous

    Continuing Education Units

    Automatic Extinguishing Systems Certified Fire Sprinkler Fitter Continuing Education Unit Questions and Answers

    This document is to help assist with the certified

    fire sprinkler fitter continuing education renewal

    process.

     

    A Certified Fire Sprinkler Fitter shall complete (3) Units

    which equals 30 hours of continuing education units

    (CEU’S) per (3) three-year period.

    Ten (10) hours of participation in an Office of the State Fire

    Marshal approved continuing education unit class is equal

    to 1 CEU. A class may not be re-submitted in a (3) year

    period.

     

     

    All Sprinkler Fitter related courses will be accepted starting

    from July 1, 2017, until June 30, 2022, from the first date of

    your certification/license.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    *Nationally recognized certified trainer = A current approved provider on the Office of the State Fire Marshal provider list or an accredited institution, which is a community college, junior college, university, technical or vocational school, or any private educational agency accredited by the American National Standards Institute /International Association of Continuing Education and Training (ANSI/IACET).

     

     



    3Q. How do I know when I must turn in my CEU certificates?

     

    3A. At every 3rd year of renewal. An extension was given to fire sprinkler certified fitters per IB 20-006. https://osfm.fire.ca.gov/media/5izggczi/ib_20-006_pipefitters_cert.pdf

     

    Govmotus will email a reminder to all certified fire sprinkler fitters to the email account on file.

     

     

    4Q. What if I don’t have all my hours completed before my renewal? Is there a penalty?

     

    4A. The certified sprinkler fitter cannot renew until all CEU’S are completed and all fees are paid.

     

     

    5Q. Where is the list of approved CEU courses?

     

    5A. The approved CEU courses are listed on the Office of the State Fire

    Marshal Automatic Extinguishing Systems Continuing Education Unit

    Providers https://osfm.fire.ca.gov/media/drujhzmj/continuing-education-unit-approved-provider-list-rev- 11-2021.pdf

     

    6Q. Do Multi-Family fitters have to get the same amount of CEU’s as commercial fitters? 6A. Yes

     

    7Q. I took the OSHA 10 and 30 courses, but it was not through a provider on

    the approved provider list. Can I count that towards my required CEU’s?

     

    7A. Yes, the course must have been taken through a nationally recognized

    certified trainer no earlier than the first date of your sprinkler fitter certification/license.

     

     

    8Q. I took a class through one of the approved providers a few years ago

    before they were on the approved provider list, does that still count?

     

    8A. Yes, the course must have been taken through a nationally recognized

    certified trainer no earlier than the first date of your sprinkler fitter

    certification/license.

     

     

     

    9Q. How do I know how many credits each of the courses on the approved

    provider list are worth?

     

    9A. You shall contact the provider with the course name to find out the number of unit(s).


    10Q. What is the latest date someone can take a registered CEU class, and

    have it count for this current cycle?

    10A. If the class is completed no later than June 30th, the certified fire sprinkler fitter can upload the class on June 30th by the expiration date and still be compliant, however if the class is taken after June 30th the renewal will be subject to renewal and late fees.

    Renewal Timeline

     

    March 1st- Renewal email notices sent (Sprinkler Fitter can now renew online) May 1st- Renewal Considered Late (Late fee will apply)

    July 1st- Renewal Expired

     

    All Registrations and Certifications for all sprinkler fitter levels are valid from time of issuance to June 30th


    Google Chrome works best

    How to submit a Renewal

     

    You may now go online to renew your Sprinkler Fitter License. https://calfire.govmotus.org/

    If you sign in and do not see the application listed under “License”, this means you are logging in with a different email address than GovMotus has on file. Log in using the email address you received the expiration notice to.

     

    If you have never logged into Govmotus you will need to register.

     

    There are two ways to Renew

     

    • 1.      Log into Govmotus using the email address you received the expiration notice to.
    • 2.     Once signed into the GovMotus system, on the Dashboard look for
    • a.       Look at the top of the screen for the “Licensing” Button. Click the button and press “Renew License Request”
    • i.      Enter the Program: Automatic Extinguishing
    • ii.      Category: Sprinkler Fitter
    • iii.       Type: Sprinkler Fitter, Apprentice, Trainee
    • iv.       License Number
    • b.      On the Dashboard, click on the application “License Number” that shows the “Issued”

    application

    • i.      Your license application page will open, on the left side under “Control Panel” click “Manage License”
    • ii.      Click “Renew Application”
    • 3.     Ensure all your personal information is correct
    • 4.     Upload all acceptable CEU documents
    • 5.     Sign the application
    • 6.     Press “Submit”
    • 7.     The State Fire Marshal Office will need to approve your application at this point
    • 8.    Allow 5-7 business days for the CALFIRE Attendant to “Accept” the license
    • 9.     After the application for renewal is accepted log back in Govmotus and open the “Accepted” application
    • 10.On the left side under “Control Panel” click “Make Payment”
    • 11.  Follow the prompts that will allow you to submit payment via credit/debit card
    • 12. Allow 5-7 business days for approval and issuance

     

    If you choose to pay by check, after the “Make Payment” download a PDF copy of the “Payment Notice.” Mail the “Payment Notice” and the check/money order to the P.O Box address listed on the form. Please allow 6-8 weeks for the license to be processed after the check has been cashed.

    If the payment is submitted without the Payment Notice, the check or money order will be mailed back and there may be a late fee applied if submitted after May 1st.



  • 09.04.2022 8:57 AM | Anonymous

     

    CAL FIRE – Office of the State Fire Marshal Information Bulletin 18-011

    Issued: December 20, 2018

     

    CAL FIRE – Office of the State Fire Marshal Information Bulletin 18-011

    Issued: December 20, 2018

     

    NFPA 25, 2011 Edition Tentative Interim Amendments, TIA 11-5 for the 2013 California Edition

    The purpose of this Information Bulletin is to eliminate the need to open energized electric fire pump controller panels. The problem is the probability of an arc flashes occurring during the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Electric Fire Pumps.

     

    Labels warning of the hazard of arc flashes have been found to be virtually nonexistent for current fire pump installations and the conventional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) issued to inspectors is not adequate to protect against the hazards posed by arc flashes. Arc flashes can produce temperatures as high as

    35,000 Degrees Fahrenheit and blast pressures exceeding 2,000 lb/ft2.

     

    Inspectors are encouraged not to open energized electric fire pump controller panels.

     

    Based on the safety hazards identified in TIA 11-5 for NFPA 25, 2011 Edition, the Office of the State Fire Marshal is recommending adherence to the changes proposed by the National Technical Committee. These revisions and safety concerns will be addressed in future code adoption processes.

     

    The following are the revisions to NFPA 25, 2011 Edition and are recommended to be followed for the 2013 California Edition (shown with cross out and under line):

     

    Note: References 1 and 2 of the National TIA are not Applicable in California.

     

    A.4.8.6 WARNING: NFPA 20, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection, includes electrical requirements that discourage the installation of a disconnect meansand limit overcurrent protection in the power supply to electric motor-driven fire pumps. This is intended to ensure the availability of power to the fire pumps. Where equipment connected to those circuits is serviced or maintained, the service person could be subject to unusual exposure to electrical and other hazards. It could be necessary to establish special safe work practices and to…

     

    NFPA 25, 2011 Edition Tentative Interim Amendments, TIA 11-5 for the 2013 California Edition

    The purpose of this Information Bulletin is to eliminate the need to open energized electric fire pump controller panels. The problem is the probability of an arc flashes occurring during the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Electric Fire Pumps.

     

    Labels warning of the hazard of arc flashes have been found to be virtually nonexistent for current fire pump installations and the conventional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) issued to inspectors is not adequate to protect against the hazards posed by arc flashes. Arc flashes can produce temperatures as high as

    35,000 Degrees Fahrenheit and blast pressures exceeding 2,000 lb/ft2.

     

    Inspectors are encouraged not to open energized electric fire pump controller panels.

     

    Based on the safety hazards identified in TIA 11-5 for NFPA 25, 2011 Edition, the Office of the State Fire Marshal is recommending adherence to the changes proposed by the National Technical Committee. These revisions and safety concerns will be addressed in future code adoption processes.

     

    The following are the revisions to NFPA 25, 2011 Edition and are recommended to be followed for the 2013 California Edition (shown with cross out and under line):

     

    Note: References 1 and 2 of the National TIA are not Applicable in California.

     

    A.4.8.6 WARNING: NFPA 20, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection, includes electrical requirements that discourage the installation of a disconnect meansand limit overcurrent protection in the power supply to electric motor-driven fire pumps. This is intended to ensure the availability of power to the fire pumps. Where equipment connected to those circuits is serviced or maintained, the service person could be subject to unusual exposure to electrical and other hazards. It could be necessary to establish special safe work practices and to…


  • 09.04.2022 8:55 AM | Anonymous

    The American Fire Sprinkler Association and the Southern California Chapter Present:

    California Fitter Training

    April 29-30, 2022 • Burbank, CA

    AFSA National and the Southern California Chapter of AFSA are pleased to offer 2 full days of training presented by AFSA Vice President of Technical Services & Engineering, John Denhardt, P.E., FSFPE. This training will be beneficial for contractors, fitters, and AHJs. We will award same-day certificates to those who register on or before April 22, 2022. Remember, April 30, 2022 is the last day to renew your fitter license without a late fee. See below for CAL FIRE CEU & other credit information for this training.

    Seminar Location

    Burbank Youth Center

    75 E Santa Anita Ave,

    Burbank, CA 91501

     

    Registration

    The fees shown below are advanced ratesAdd $40 to these rates if registering after April 22, 2022. If registering after April 22, you will not be able to pick up your certificate on-site. 

     

    AFSA Members: $120 per day or $60 per session

    Non-members: $200 per day or $100 per session

    AHJs: $80 per day or $40 per session

     

    Continuing Education Credit

    0.4 CEU per session

    0.4 CAL FIRE CEU per session* (read below for important details)

    4.0 NICET CPD per session**

     

    *CAL FIRE CEU

    While this course is not pre-approved for CAL FIRE CEUs, AFSA is a CAL FIRE-approved training provider. See recent changes for this first renewal period only, published by CAL FIRE in 2022: Continuing Education Units. It states:

    ·  “All Sprinkler Fitter-related courses will be accepted starting from July 1, 2017, until June 30, 2022, from the first date of your certification/license.”

    ·  “Course must have been taken through a nationally recognized certified trainer no earlier than the first date of your sprinkler fitter/certification license.”

    To earn CAL FIRE CEU, you must provide your Fitter ID number when you sign in for each training session. AFSA will award same-day certificates to those registering on or before April 22. If registering after April 22, you will receive your certificate(s) after April 30. Remember, April 30, 2022 is the last day to renew your fitter license without a late fee. 

     

    **NICET

    To find out if you can claim NICET CPD points for these courses, please review Section II.B of NICET’s Recertification Policy: http://www.nicet.org/about-us/policies/policy30/

    Speaker

    John August Denhardt, P.E., ET, CWBSP, FSFPE

    John August Denhardt, P.E., ET, FSFPE, CWBSP, is Vice President of Engineering and Technical Services for AFSA. He is a Professional Engineer (P.E.) registered in the District of Columbia as well as the states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He is a NICET Level III in Automatic Sprinkler System Layout and Inspection and Testing of Water-Based Systems and an NFPA Certified Water-Based Systems Professional (CWBSP). He is a member of the NFPA 13 Sprinkler Discharge Committee and is a Fellow in the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). Denhardt is a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Research Foundation trustee, sits on the University of Maryland Department of Fire Protection Engineering’s Board of Visitors, and is a member of the SFPE Board of Directors. A native of Maryland, Denhardt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland in College Park.

    Click the button below to register or download the registration form here. You will need your firesprinkler.org login to register at the member rate. If you don't know your login, you can request it here. A staff member will respond within 1 business day.

    Register Now

    Advanced rates end April 22!

    Note: If registering a group, download and fill out this PDF form. If the payment info is the same, you can fill out one form and submit a separate list of attendee names and email addresses.

    Connect with us:

                 


  • 08.06.2020 9:44 AM | Anonymous

    Cal Fire has issued a bulletin regarding an extension of the Annual Renewal Expiration of Fitter Cards.  Please take a moment to visit this link with the provided information. 

    https://mailchi.mp/fire/annual-renewal-expiration-extension?e=8c3583175b

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