New NFPA online training and certification resources designed to help those charged with water-based suppression system ITM
Properly maintained water-based fire protection systems are critical for building and life safety. It is equally important that practitioners take proactive, prescriptive steps to ensure that inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) of fire protection systems is done on a regular basis. That’s why NFPA has developed a new Water Based Inspection Testing and Maintenance (WBITM) Online Learning Path. The online training is designed to help sprinkler technicians, contractors, and others grasp the content in a new Water-Based Fire Protection Systems Inspection Testing and Maintenance (ITM) Certification Program. Both resources are ideally suited for those who are charged with independently managing the full spectrum of ITM duties.
Online Learning Path
The digital Learning Path provides certification candidates with flexible, self-paced studying options so they can better understand the current edition of NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems against the blueprint of the certification exam. NFPA offers a complete range of NFPA 25 and WBITM certification-related content with the flexibility for students to choose a single training module or put together a variety of modules to suit their skill set or career goals. Learning Paths feature interactive exercises, case studies, knowledge checks with ITM benchmarks, instructional videos on when and how to test water-based systems and includes access to exclusive online content and lessons developed by NFPA experts for a year. Modules cover the value of codes and standards and prepare aspiring professionals for credentialing. Each NFPA Learning Path has its own set of strategies for helping students understand the subject matter and includes a practice exam component as well as a final Capstone activity to test knowledge and core responsibilities.
Armed with the knowledge from the Learning Path, students can adeptly tackle the new Water Based Fire Protection Systems Inspection Testing and Maintenance Certification Program. The certification exam features online remote proctoring so that candidates can conveniently skill up on fire suppression systems from their home or office. Employers and clients consider certification a useful metric for gauging qualifications and making hiring decisions – especially during today’s robust job market. To earn the certification, candidates must have a minimum of five years of relevant work experience, obtain an attestation from a supervisor or employer, and pass the exam.
In developing both new offerings, the certification and accreditation department at NFPA spoke with a variety of stakeholders, including international facilities management personnel and authorities having jurisdiction, about the difficulty of identifying qualified contractors who can competently perform necessary ITM tasks for water-based fire suppression systems. The result is a certification program that helps professionals demonstrate their aptitude so that facility managers and code enforcers can feel confident in their capabilities, and so that certification achievers can stand out among their peers in the industry.