2021 NFPA 101: Life Safety Code Essentials Online Training Series

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  • Description

    Get up to speed with the latest requirements with intuitive web-based training focused on the fundamentals of life safety.

    Fire and related hazards remain among the most significant risks to people and property in our society. However, many incidents can be minimized or avoided by adhering to a consensus-based set of requirements and criteria specified in NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code® Whether you are a new or experienced user or enforcer of the code, NFPA 101, Life Safety Code Essentials Online Training helps provide the knowledge and skills to navigate and apply provisions that address fire prevention and protection in all types of buildings. 

    This in-depth, digital series offers instruction for safeguarding premises based on construction, protection, and occupancy features in the life of a building. The course intends to teach students how to explain the organization of NFPA 101, including primary concepts and what's new in the 2021 edition, and describe code applicability for new and existing occupancies.

    Additional learning objectives include:

    • Define the three parts of means of egress
    • Determine exit enclosure and protection
    • Calculate the occupant load and determine the capacity for individual means of egress components as well as entire means of egress
    • Determine requirements for illumination, emergency lighting, and egress markings
    • Specify requirements for hazardous areas, interior finish, vertical openings, fire alarm and extinguishing systems, and contents and furnishings
    • Make the distinction among rehabilitation work categories discussed in Chapter 43

    NFPA 101 Essentials Online Training delivers the quality instruction you need from virtually anywhere you can connect to the internet.

    Based on NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, 2021 edition, this course is updated and enhanced to deliver the most current information in a dynamic and engaging online format. The six-part series takes a deep dive into the most widely referenced resource for provisions and requirements for building life safety. Content is developed by recognized subject matter authorities with all-new commentary providing expert insight into the code and its requirements.

    Each module focuses on specific parts of NFPA 101 and offers helpful videos, easy-to-follow instructions, interactive exercises, and job aids to impart a broad-based understanding of safety concepts relating to a wide range of occupancies. Individual 1-hour courses conclude with an assessment to test your knowledge. Complete them all to earn up to 0.6 continuing education units (CEUs).

    Access the training you need to elevate your expertise and satisfy professional requirements with this innovative online program from NFPA®.

    Designed and administered by recognized subject-matter experts, NFPA 101, Life Safety Code Essentials (2021) Online Training is a must-have for anyone with responsibilities protecting lives in the built environment.

    A safer world starts with a smarter one. Take the next step in increasing your proficiency and elevating your career by signing up today.


    Who Will Benefit:
    Anyone concerned with life safety compliance including: facility managers, authorities having jurisdiction, safety directors, contractors, architects, engineers, designers, risk managers, facility consultants, and project managers

    Continuing Education Credit:
    Complete this six-hour course series and qualify for 0.6 CEUs.
    Completion of each individual one-hour course qualifies you for 0.1 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 or organization before registering.


    Group Training:
    For more information or to receive a price quote for NFPA group training,
    please call 877-336-3280 or e-mail: grouptraining@nfpa.org.


    Also Available: NFPA 101, Life Safety Code (2021) Essentials Live Virtual Training

  • General Requirements

    NFPA 101, Life Safety Code Essentials (2021): General Requirements

    In gaining a more thorough understanding of NFPA 101, it's crucial to have a firm grasp of the goals, objectives, compliance options, and additional components of the code. The General Requirements online training provides an opportunity for participants to learn about the intent and organization of the document and to understand how requirements apply to new and existing facilities, the classification of occupancies, and how to determine hazards of contents. You will receive an overview of core concepts and initiatives to help lay the foundation for more in-depth and specified learning.

    Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

    • Discuss the basic organization and key concepts of the 2021 edition of NFPA 101
    • Describe code applicability for new and existing occupancies
    • Define and be able to delineate between occupancy classifications and categories of rehabilitation work
    • Identify and assess building construction types, stories in height, and hazards of contents
  • Egress Basics

    NFPA 101, Life Safety Code Essentials (2021): Egress Basics

    The ability for occupants to find a safe way out of a building in a fire can mean the difference between life and death. This online training provides expert instruction in learning how the Life Safety Code defines means of egress along with the requirements for protecting exit enclosures. The course includes coverage of related egress components ranging from doors, stairs, handrails, and guards to smoke-proof enclosures, horizontal exits, ramps, exit passageways, escalators, and fire escape stairs and ladders. Egress Basics intends to establish a core understanding of egress as you move toward learning more advanced concepts and competencies.

    Upon completion of this course, you should be able to: 

    • Define the three parts of means of egress
    • Determine exit enclosure and protection features
    • Identify provisions for the various components of means of egress
  • Egress Sizing and Arrangement

    NFPA 101, Life Safety Code Essentials (2021): Egress Sizing and Arrangement

    Determining the appropriate egress sizing and arrangement of a particular building is an essential aptitude for designers, architects, risk assessors, authorities having jurisdiction, and many others. The third online module in the series, Egress Sizing and Arrangement, offers instruction in understanding the five steps for calculating egress capacity and occupant load, determining the number of means of egress, and other requirements. Instruction helps provide confidence that you are able to comply with the most relevant applicable NFPA 101 criteria.

    Upon completion of this course, you should be able to: 

    • Calculate occupant load to code specifications
    • Determine egress capacity of both individual egress components and entire means of egress
    • Determine requirements for dead-end corridors, common path of travel, minimum width, accessible means of egress (including areas of refuge), travel distance, remoteness, and exit discharge
  • Egress Visibility and Awareness

    NFPA 101, Life Safety Code Essentials (2021): Egress Visibility and Awareness

    NFPA 101 takes a comprehensive approach to life safety, extending to the wide variety of features and components of building fire protection. This specialized online training provides the opportunity to learn about criteria for illumination, emergency lighting, and egress markings in new and existing occupancies. The Egress Visibility and Awareness course helps increase your overall knowledge of this critical code objective, including requirements for buildings with high hazard contents, such as boiler rooms or rooms with mechanical equipment.

    Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to: 

    • Determine requirements for egress markings, emergency lighting, and illuminations
    • Determine special means of egress requirements in special structures and high hazard content areas
  • Features of Fire Protection

    NFPA 101, Life Safety Code Essentials (2021): Features of Fire Protection

    Covering vital components of the Life Safety Code, the Features of Fire Protection module offers a thorough introduction and review of primary concepts and elements that contribute to safeguarding occupancies. You will receive instruction in the provisions for fire protection in buildings regarding construction and compartmentation, fire barriers, smoke barriers and smoke partitions, fire suppression systems, vertical openings in atriums, escalators, and mezzanines, and more. The course teaches how to identify the correct requirements and how to apply them in your work.

    Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

    • Determine requirements performance criteria for vertical openings, interior finish, furnishings, and hazardous areas.
    • Determine fire alarm and extinguishing systems requirements
  • Building Rehabilitation

    NFPA 101, Life Safety Code Essentials (2021): Building Rehabilitation

    There are unique hazards and concerns relating to life safety in buildings during rehabilitation projects. The sixth and final module in the series, Building Rehabilitation, offers the chance to learn about the rehabilitation work categories covered in Life Safety Code, Chapter 43, including repair, renovation, modification, reconstruction, change of use, change of occupancy, and addition. The course offers an overview of general requirements along with the most current criteria for the adaptive reuse of existing buildings while better ensuring life safety compliance.

    Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

    • Differentiate between work categories in the Building Rehabilitation chapter of NFPA 101, 2021 edition
    • Match the particular building rehabilitation project type to the appropriate Chapter 43 requirements
    • Demonstrate an understanding of methods of addressing rehabilitation work in historic buildings
  • Testimonial

    "Well put together for training purposes for skilled professionals as a refresher or newcomers to the NFPA® requirements." — Deborah S.

  • High Commission for Industrial Security (HCIS) Acceptance for Online Training Courses

    This Online Training will be accepted towards the license renewal mandate upon successful completion of the course. Successful completion is based on full attendance, passing the course assessment, and completing the course evaluation.

  • Terms & Specifications for Online Training


    • 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 365 days.
    • CEUs: You earn 0.1 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 or organization.
    • Online Training is non-refundable.


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