ICC Certified Fireproofing Inspector,
NFCA Fireproofing Education, Exams & Fireproofing Inspector Competence
The International Building Code's (IBC) Chapter 17, Special Inspections, states the Special Inspection Agency and Special Inspector need to be approved by the Authority Having Jurisdiction, usually the Code Official.
The IBC states the Special Inspection Agency must be independent, have experience, competent personnel, and equipment to conduct the inspections.
The Special Inspector, employed by the Special Inspection Agency, must also have competence and experience in the same type and complexity of materials inspected to obtain Code Official approval in each jurisdiction. The proof for competency for the Special Inspector to show the Code Official is education and proof of passing an exam from sources such as NFCA.
The NFCA provides a great education program for Special Inspectors employed by Inspection Agencies to learn inspection and test procedures for Spray Fire Resistive Materials (SFRM) and Intumescent Fire Resistive Materials (IFRM) inspections.
This NFCA Fireproofng Education Program covers the specific types of testing required by the IBC, the frequency of testing, the specific test procedures and the procedures for reporting the results. The program is detailed in its content so that it can provide education for the NFCA Fireproofing Exam and the ICC Certified SFRM/IFRM Inspector Exams.
NFCA's Handbook of Accepted Fireproofing Knowledge and Education for the NFCA SFRM and or IFRM Fireproofing Exams provides key elements to know in the fireproofing industry inspecting in accordance with the IBC's Chapter 17 requirements.