2013 NFPA 72: Self-Guided Online Courses

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2013 NFPA 72®: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code Self-Guided Online Course Series

 

Gain a broad understanding of fire alarm and emergency signaling systems through the 2013 NFPA 72 Self-Guided Online Course Series.

Your first step in fire alarm and signaling systems training, NFPA®'s 6-part online course series spans every aspect of the process -- from design to ITM. Created by the leading experts in NFPA code compliance, this online training program covers current technology and the applicable requirements from building, fire, and life safety codes including the 2013 NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code and NFPA 70®: National Electrical Code® (NEC®).

Work at your own pace through in-depth, online courses focused on individual subject areas. Developed by industry experts, these self-guided online courses pave the way for additional professional training from NFPA, the fire safety leader and code source.

Upon completion you should be able to:

  • Explain how building, fire, and life safety codes impact the requirements for fire detection and alarm systems
  • Determine how NFPA 72 is used to design, install, and maintain a fire detection and alarm system and how the Code is structured
  • Describe the general types of initiating devices
  • Define common terms associated with notification appliances
  • Cite general requirements associated with notification appliances
  • Identify the basic types of circuits
  • Recognize how different circuit types operate under various conditions
  • Identify the different types of off-premises signaling systems and cite general requirements associated with them
  • Define terms related to the inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire alarm systems
  • Recognize general requirements for the inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire alarm systems

 

Who Will Benefit:
Anyone whose job involves designing, reviewing, evaluating or installing fire alarm systems, including:
designers, installers, electrical contractors, architects, auditors, and project managers.

Continuing Education Credit:
Complete this course series and qualify for .6 CEUs.
 Completion of each individual course qualifies you for .1 CEU. Upon successful completion of a course or the course series, participants will be prompted to download the CEU certificate directly from the course site.

Please verify applicability with your professional board before registering.

2013 NFPA 72®: Fire Alarm Basics

 

Understand the basics of fire alarm systems and how the 2013 edition of NFPA 72 interacts with building, fire, and life safety codes.

Learn at your own pace, on your own time, with Fire Alarm Basics -- the first course in the 6-part 2013 NFPA 72 Self-Guided Online Course Series. This training provides you with a greater understanding of fire detection and alarm systems required by today's codes, and how various situations dictate different system features. You'll understand how NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code is referenced by building, fire, and life safety codes and how they incorporate NFPA 72 to design, install, and maintain a fire alarm system.

Fire Alarm Basics consists of three lessons to provide a thorough overview of what makes up a fire alarm system. The course covers the basic configurations and terminology used in the industry for fire detection and alarm systems; and how environmental and system conditions trigger various signals such as alarm, trouble, and supervisory signals -- which are then used to initiate responses or behavior. Fire Alarm Basics also focuses on power supply requirements and circuits that drive and connect the building blocks of fire alarm systems.

Upon completion you should be able to:

  • Explain how building, fire, and life safety codes impact the requirements for fire detection and alarm systems
  • Determine how NFPA 72 is used to design, install, and maintain a fire detection and alarm system and how the Code is structured
  • Describe the basic configuration of a fire detection and alarm system
  • Identify the four basic types of fire alarm circuits
  • Define specific terms used in the Code
  • List key requirements for primary power and for protection of primary power
  • List the options for secondary power supplies
  • Perform a battery calculation

 

Who Will Benefit:
Anyone whose job involves designing, reviewing, evaluating or installing fire alarm systems, including:
designers, installers, electrical contractors, architects, auditors, and project managers

Continuing Education Credit:
Complete this course and qualify for .1 CEU.
Upon successful completion of a course, participants will be prompted to download the CEU certificate directly from the course site.

Please verify applicability with your professional board before registering.

2013 NFPA 72®: Initiating Devices Online Program

 

Based on the 2013 NFPA 72, the new Initiating Devices Online Course introduces how to select and use basic fire alarm system initiating devices.

In this field, a working knowledge of fire alarm initiating devices is critical! Part of the 6-part 2013 NFPA 72 Self-Guided Online Course Series, the Initiating Devices course addresses the devices used to manually or automatically signal a fire alarm system to initiate responses from equipment and people. Self-paced training developed by experts in NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code covers the most common types of initiating devices and their operating features -- providing you with an understanding of how to properly select and apply basic fire alarm initiating devices.

Work at your own pace online to learn about manual fire alarm boxes, heat detectors, smoke detectors, waterflow switches, and valve tamper switches. The training also introduces the concepts of initiating device spacing and location.

Upon completion you should be able to:

  • Describe the general types of initiating devices
  • Identify the most common manual and automatic initiating devices used for building fire alarm systems
  • State the location and spacing rules for manual fire alarm boxes
  • Identify the requirements for smoke and heat detector spacing
  • Calculate heat detector spacing based on ceiling height
  • Apply correction factors for spacing smoke detectors on non-smooth ceilings

 

Who Will Benefit:
Anyone whose job involves designing, reviewing, evaluating or installing fire alarm systems, including:
designers, installers, electrical contractors, architects, auditors, and project managers

Continuing Education Credit:
Complete this course and qualify for .1 CEU.
Upon successful completion of a course, participants will be prompted to download the CEU certificate directly from the course site.

Please verify applicability with your professional board before registering.

2013 NFPA 72®: Notification Appliances

 

Based on the 2013 NFPA 72, the new Notification Appliances Online Course covers both audible and visible notification appliances.

Audible and visible notification can be used to trigger the desired occupant behavior, so the success of every system depends on their correct application. Part of the 2013 NFPA 72 Self-Guided Online Course Series, the new Notification Appliances course covers appliances that are used to alert and inform building occupants and fire alarm system users. Along the way, you will learn some special terminology used for audible signaling and for visible signaling.

Work at your own pace through lessons developed by experts in NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.

When discussing audible and visible signaling, the lessons will cover requirements for both public mode and for private mode notification. This course will also provide an overview of other types of notification appliances that you might use in special applications.

Upon completion you should be able to:

  • Define common terms associated with notification appliances
  • Cite general requirements associated with notification appliances
  • Differentiate between Tone and Tone Plus Voice notification systems
  • Recognize audible requirements for Public and Private Operating Mode
  • Describe audible requirements for sleeping areas
  • Identify how to achieve the required sound pressure level throughout a space
  • Determine how loud an audible appliance should be at a given point
  • Identify the requirements for Public Operating Mode visible notification
  • Recognize how NFPA 72 affects the installation of wall-mounted notification appliances

 

Who Will Benefit:
Anyone whose job involves designing, reviewing, evaluating or installing fire alarm systems, including:
designers, installers, electrical contractors, architects, auditors, and project managers

Continuing Education Credit:
Complete this course and qualify for .1 CEU.
Upon successful completion of a course, participants will be prompted to download the CEU certificate directly from the course site.

Please verify applicability with your professional board before registering.

2013 NFPA 72®: Fire Alarm Circuits

 

Here's your comprehensive introduction to fire alarm circuits, fire alarm power circuits, and today's NFPA 72 and NEC® rules.

A key component of the 2013 NFPA 72 Self-Guided Online Course Series, Fire Alarm Circuits covers the various types of circuits used for fire detection and alarm systems. Working online at your own pace, you'll learn about the three basic fire alarm circuits that are used to connect initiating devices and notification appliances to fire alarm control units and that are used to interconnect different control units in the same system. Curriculum based on the latest NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code covers control circuits that are used to trigger other emergency control functions.

The Fire Alarm Circuits course also addresses fire alarm power circuits, which can provide power to certain types of detectors, relays, or other devices. A key characteristic of fire alarm power circuits is that the power is derived from the fire alarm system itself. For this reason, fire alarm power circuits are covered by the same section of NFPA 70®: National Electrical Code® (NEC®) governing basic fire alarm circuits. Circuits that provide primary AC power are not considered fire alarm power circuits.

Upon completion you should be able to:

  • Identify the basic types of circuits
  • Recognize how different circuit types operate under various conditions
  • Identify the characteristics of Class A, B, C, D, E, and X circuits
  • Recognize how layout and installation factors affect circuit performance
  • Identify the circuit survivability levels

 

Who Will Benefit:
Anyone whose job involves designing, reviewing, evaluating or installing fire alarm systems, including:
designers, installers, electrical contractors, architects, auditors, and project managers

Continuing Education Credit:
Complete this course and qualify for .1 CEU.
Upon successful completion of a course, participants will be prompted to download the CEU certificate directly from the course site.

Please verify applicability with your professional board before registering.

2013 NFPA 72®: Off Premised Signaling

 

Learn about off-premises fire alarm and emergency system monitoring and reporting in accordance with the 2013 NFPA 72.

NFPA®'s self-paced online course, Off-Premises Signaling, shows how supervising station alarm systems and public emergency alarm reporting systems are used to monitor building fire alarm and signaling systems at off-premises locations. You'll understand how these systems assure timely notification and provide specific information to individuals or organizations that will take action upon receipt of the signals.

Learn the key differences between systems, how systems are used, and which NFPA codes and standards apply.

Communications technologies used by public emergency alarm reporting systems differ from those used by supervising station alarm systems and are addressed by a separate chapter in NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. In addition, facilities that receive signals from a public emergency alarm reporting system fall under NFPA 1221: Standard for the Installation, Maintenance, and Use of Emergency Services Communications Systems.

NFPA's Off-Premises Signaling Course, the 5th part of the 6-part 2013 NFPA 72 Online Course Series, covers all types of systems and introduces the different types of transmitters and communications methods permitted for supervising station alarm systems. General requirements for system performance, management, and use are also covered.

Upon completion you should be able to:

  • Identify the different types of off-premises signaling systems and cite general requirements associated with them
  • Identify the characteristics and requirements of central station service alarm systems, proprietary supervising station alarm systems, remote supervising station alarm systems, and public emergency alarm reporting systems
  • Describe the communications methods associated with supervising station alarm systems

 

Who Will Benefit:
Anyone whose job involves designing, reviewing, evaluating or installing fire alarm systems, including:
designers, installers, electrical contractors, architects, auditors, and project managers

Continuing Education Credit:
Complete this course and qualify for .1 CEU.
Upon successful completion of a course, participants will be prompted to download the CEU certificate directly from the course site.

Please verify applicability with your professional board before registering.

2013 NFPA 72®: Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Fire Alarm Systems

 

Learn how to apply NFPA 72 ITM requirements and ensure fire alarm and emergency systems you can depend on.

Proper ITM is critical to signaling system effectiveness. The final course in the 2013 NFPA 72 Self-Guided Online Course Series covers Code requirements for inspecting, testing, and maintaining fire alarm systems. The lessons review general provisions in NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code involving management of inspections, tests, and system impairments. The training also addresses personnel responsibilities and qualifications.

Learn how the Code requirements for acceptance, periodic inspections, and tests differ from one another. These differences result in specific qualification requirements for the persons doing the work. Most of the actual test methods for fire alarm equipment do not vary for new work versus periodic testing; however, some testing requirements for new work do not apply to existing systems.

In this course, you'll learn how to navigate NFPA 72 to locate specific requirements and frequencies for the testing and visual inspection of fire detection and alarm system components. Specific requirements for properly conducting smoke detector functional and sensitivity tests are covered in detail, as well as test methods for several other common types of initiating devices. Last but not least, you will gain insight into how some commonly employed test methods do not meet the requirements of the Code.

Upon completion you should be able to:

  • Define terms related to the inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire alarm systems
  • Recognize general requirements for the inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire alarm systems
  • Identify the purpose of inspections
  • Describe the requirements of acceptance inspections and periodic inspections
  • Identify the testing and maintenance requirements for fire alarm systems

 

Who Will Benefit:
Anyone whose job involves designing, reviewing, evaluating or installing fire alarm systems, including:
designers, installers, electrical contractors, architects, auditors, and project managers

Continuing Education Credit:
Complete this course and qualify for .1 CEU.
Upon successful completion of a course, participants will be prompted to download the CEU certificate directly from the course site.

Please verify applicability with your professional board before registering.

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  • Course Tuition: The course tuition is due and payable before starting each module.
  • Expiration: Participants will need to take the online courses or series within 90 days.
  • Cancellation: If you wish to cancel an online course that you purchased, please contact NFPA customer service at 800-344-3555 no later than 2 business days after your purchase. Please note that we will not be able to provide a refund if you complete the course.
  • CEUs: You earn .1 CEU for each learning hour. To verify total numbers of CEUs for a course or a series, please check the Description tab. Upon successful completion of a course or a series, participants will be able to download the CEUs certificate directly from the website. Please verify applicability with your professional board.

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