Newly developed 5-day course Commercial Fire Sprinkler System Plans Review – P0263

The U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy is conducting a pilot course at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland for the newly developed 5-day course Commercial Fire Sprinkler System Plans Review – P0263.

This pilot offering is scheduled for June 10-14, with students to arrive Sunday, June 9 and depart Saturday, June 15. The course code is P0263.

This 5-day pilot course will enable students to perform commercial fire sprinkler system plan reviews to allow structured decision-making in the target audiences’ real-life job-related situations and responsibilities. These skills are essential to meet code officials’ needs so they may conduct reviews and approve plans for sprinkler fire protection systems in his/her jurisdiction. Students are required to bring a Wi-Fi ready laptop or tablet to view online codes.

The scope of this course spans instruction in the knowledge and skill necessary to evaluate the soundness and code compliance of engineering and architectural plans for commercial fire sprinkler systems proposed as part of facility and occupancy construction plans. The course will enable students to perform a plan review to evaluate the suitability of the fire sprinkler system calculations in accordance with nationally recognized standards for design and installation. Course content covers fire protection standards, plan reading, parts of a submittal package, classifying hazards, water supplies, sprinkler system components, remote areas, and evaluating hydraulics calculations.

Target audience: Fire service prevention and allied public officials who are responsible for the review of plans for sprinkler and standpipe systems in their jurisdictions. Applicants to this course should have familiarity with fire protection, codes/standards compliance, and fire protection systems and equipment. Applicants should be familiar with commercial fire sprinkler systems equipment and nomenclature and have prior experience in fire prevention inspection programs and community goals and priorities.


  • Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online. Chief’s signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.
  • Q0218: Testing and Evaluation of Water Supplies for Fire Protection, available through NFA Online.
  • Q0137: Hydraulic Calculations for Water-based Fire Protection System Plans Review, available through NFA Online.
  • Students in the fire service should not have less than three years’ experience in either a code enforcement or fire safety inspection/plan review function.
  • Allied professionals should possess an associate degree in engineering, architecture, building design, or risk management from an accredited college.

Priority enrollment will be given to applicants with a minimum of one of the following:

  • Completion of Fire Inspection Principles (FIP) I or FIP II.
  • Completion of the Plan Review for Fire and Life Safety course.
  • International Code Council (ICC) Fire Plans Examiner Certification.
  • ICC Commercial Plans Examiner Certification.
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Plans Examiner Certification.

How to Apply: Students must complete a FEMA Form 119-25-1 General Admissions Application available on our website at:

Completed applications must be submitted as soon as possible, but postmarked no later than May 10 and should be submitted to:

NETC Admissions Office

16825 S. Seton Avenue

Emmitsburg, MD 21727

Completed applications may also be faxed to the Admissions Office at (301) 447-1441.

Applicants should not make plans to attend this pilot course until notified in writing by the Admissions Office.

Costs: Stipends for eligible students are available for attendance for this pilot course. Attendance at the pilot course does not prevent an eligible student from obtaining another stipend within the same fiscal year. Questions about this pilot course can be directed to NFA Training Specialist George Morgan at

Published by Peter Cavalli, MPA

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