ALACHUA, Fla. — The apprentice training curriculum for sprinkler fitters has recently been updated by NCCER and the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA). Sprinkler Fitting Levels 1-4 (3rd Ed.) is now available, tying to the latest editions of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. Photos and illustrations have also been colorized and enhanced throughout for more interesting study.n addition, direct references to table and figure numbers from NFPA 13: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems have been added, making it easier for apprentices to become familiar with and apply these important industry documents.

“Our partnership with NCCER in the development of this curriculum is critical to the training our apprentices receive,” said Leslie Clounts, manager of education programs for AFSA. “Since it was first released, the Sprinkler Fitting series has evolved into one of the most popular training tools in the ndustry. Used by fire protection contractor companies nationwide, thousands of apprentices have studied its pages, passed the tests and used the training credentials to further advance in exciting careers in fire and life safety.”

A team of AFSA members, who are Subject Matter Experts, contribute to the development of the training curriculum to ensure that the content meets or exceeds industry standards. AFSA’s contributing members are comprised of knowledgeable, vested professionals who lend their expertise and experience from all areas of the country to keep the training series current and relevant.

AFSA offers the Sprinkler Fitting Curriculum as a correspondence course. Each level of the four-level series includes photographs, drawings and tables to provide the latest graphic and written instruction on proper installation techniques and use of tools. The levels are divided into modules, and each module ncludes a series of lessons that covers a particular topic within the scope of that module. Additional resources are available electronically via the NCCER Instructor Resource Center, including module exams and PowerPoint presentations.

This curriculum update could not have been possible without the foresight and expertise volunteered by the following: John Denhardt, P.E., F.S.F.P.E., Strickland Fire Protection, College Park, Maryland; Eric Flora, Brenneco Fire Protection, Inc., Flora, Indiana; Marc Haug, S.E.T., SimplexGrinnell, Fargo, North Dakota; Joe Heinrich, Bamford Fire Sprinkler, Salina, Kansas; Chris Kachura, P.E., Southeast Fire Protection, L.P., Houston, Texas; Scott Martorano, C.F.P.S., The Viking Corporation, Hastings, Michigan; Jack Medovich, P.E., Fire & Life Safety America, Hanover, Maryland; Ken Wagoner, S.E.T., C.F.P.S., Parsley Consulting, Escondido, California; and Byron Weisz, Cen-Cal Fire Systems, Lodi, California.