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IFC Introduces Free Online Firestop Training Program
20 August 2014

The construction industry’s most comprehensive online firestop inspection training and education program has been developed by the International Firestop Council (IFC) for code officials, inspectors and all building trades professionals associated with commercial building firestopping from design through installation. IFC created the program because the industry’s oneday classes and other programs were either limited in depth, or not conveniently structured as online programs where applicants learn at a self-study pace. The program is also important because the IFC Recommended Training: and Education for Third-Party Firestop Inspectors program is a free 40 to 60-hour, self-study program available from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), International Code Council (ICC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), the IFC and other industry-leading sites. The 2012 International Building Code (IBC) requires special inspection of firestopping for buildings over 75-feet-high and for Risk Category III and IV facilities in compliance with ASTM E 2174 and E 2393 standards. The IFC program is the only curriculum currently available that provides third-party inspectors with the high training and competency level required to conduct such inspections. The program’s syllabus is available as an interactive webpage or downloadable nine-page document at

Registrants can opt for a two-hour, $250 ($500 after July 31, 2014) IFC-sponsored online, post-training certification test. Passing students will also receive a free listing at the website. A free enhanced website listing is also available for students opting for two-hour hands-on product training from four or more participating firestop manufacturers.

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