Webinars Offer Accessible and Affordable Training

Learn About NFPA Standards and Meet AFSA Leadership

Webinars have become increasingly popular during the past year. This type of training offers education from the comfort of your office or home and cost savings, especially for members of the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), as most association webinars are offered free to members. AFSA is pleased to provide this type of training and has several opportunities in the coming months.

Sprinkler Challenges

In this monthly webinar series modeled after a popular game show, AFSA’s technical experts will highlight commonly misunderstood or improperly interpreted sections of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. True/false questions will be presented that will make the attendee think and respond. The correct answer will be displayed with a discussion on explaining why the answer is correct. Handouts will be made available after each webinar.

The April Sprinkler Challenge, NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, 2019 edition, will be held April 1, 2021. This webinar will cover the 2019 edition of the standard, including commonly misunderstood or improperly interpreted sections. 

The May Sprinkler Challenge will be held May 6, 2021, and will focus on NFPA 24, Standard for the Installation of Private Fire Service Mains and Their Appurtenances, and NFPA 291, Recommended Practice for Fire Flow Testing and Marking of Hydrants, 2019 editions. This webinar will highlight commonly misunderstood or improperly interpreted sections of these standards.

June’s Sprinkler Challenge will be held June 3, 2021, and will cover NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, 2020 edition.

The Sprinkler Challenge webinars begin at 11:00 a.m. Central time and are presented by AFSA’s Vice President of Engineering & Technical Services John August Denhardt, P.E., FSFPE, and AFSA’s Coordinator of Engineering & Technical Services Kevin Hall, M.Eng., P.E., CWBSP, PMSFPE. Each webinar offers 0.1 CEU and 1.0 CPD. CAL FIRE-approved CEUs are not offered. There is a nominal fee for CEU certificates. 

Lunch with Leaders

This Zoom series is held the fourth Tuesday of every other month (on even months) and is available to all AFSA members to provide an open forum for dialogue with industry leadership throughout the association. This is an informal gathering, no more than 30 minutes, designed to offer members the opportunity to raise questions, learn more about the leaders in the industry and AFSA, and provide access and feedback to leaders. The webinar connection and content are free for AFSA members. 

The next event will be held April 27, 2012, at 12:00 p.m. Central time and will feature AFSA’s Vice President of Engineering & Technical Services John August Denhardt, P.E., FSFPE. Denhardt joined AFSA just over one year ago and has already expanded the technical services staff, programs, and services. Join AFSA to learn all that the technical services team has to offer members!

On June 22, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. Central time, meet AFSA’s Membership Department, led by AFSA Director of Membership & Chapter Support Bruce Lecair. Join Lecair and his team—Dominick Kasmauskas, CFPS, regional director of Membership & Chapter Support, and Meda Merritt, manager of membership & chapter relations—to hear about AFSA’s newest membership benefits, services, and offers, including a free trial membership for contractors and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) and the “Be a Member, Get a Member” campaign. Registration details can be found here.

Neither CEUs nor CPDs is offered for these webinars. CAL FIRE-approved CEUs are not offered for these webinars.

Home Fire Sprinkler Week Webinar for AHJs

In the spirit of Home Fire Sprinkler Week (May 17-22), join AFSA on May 20, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. Central time for an informative webinar on the requirements of NFPA 13D, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, 2019 edition, and significant changes for the 2022 edition. This webinar, geared toward Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) but also of interest to contractors, discusses the importance of sprinklers in one- and two-family dwellings and focuses on the differences in installation and design requirements from NFPA 13 and NFPA 13R, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Low-Rise Residential Occupancies, as NFPA 13D’s purpose is safety to life. This webinar also discusses significant changes to the 2022 edition, including nail plates, protection from freezing, townhomes, tiny homes, and others.

This webinar is presented by AFSA’s Vice President of Engineering & Technical Services John August Denhardt, P.E., FSFPE, and AFSA’s Coordinator of Engineering & Technical Services Kevin Hall, M.Eng., P.E., CWBSP, PMSFPE. Each webinar offers 0.1 CEU and 1.0 CPD. CAL FIRE-approved CEUs are not offered. There is a nominal fee for CEU certificates. 

NextGen Webinars

AFSA’s NextGen Initiative offers quarterly webinars of particular interest to professionals in the fire sprinkler industry under 40, but also will be of interest to other groups. The next webinar to be presented at 11:00 a.m. Central time on June 8, 20201, is “What Works in Mentoring? Tips for a Successful Relationship.

Mentoring is a professional relationship between two people, with the goal of career and personal development. Join an established mentor and mentee pair as they share their knowledge, skills, and ideas to improve the field of mentoring and expand the professional skill-base of AFSA members. Learn what targeted supports and investments are needed to unleash the limitless potential less-experienced employees hold for themselves, their companies, and our industry at large. Join us for a robust conversation to explore mentoring strategies and proven pathways to boost skills, education, and career outcomes for everyone.

The speakers for this presentation are Mark Fessenden, director of industry relations for Johnson Controls, Inc., and Lainey Liotta, fire protection market manager with Lubrizol. This webinar offers 0.15 CEUs. It does not offer CPDs nor CAL FIRE-approved CEUs. There is a nominal fee for CEUs certificates.

Register Online 

Visit firesprinkler.org/webinars for details on pricing for non-members, CEU certificate costs, and to register.


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