NFPA launches course to educate on water-based fire suppression systems


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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced the launch of a new Certified Water-Based Systems Professional (CWBSP) Learning Path to help fire safety professionals prepare for an advanced certification exam in the design and review of safe and effective water-based fire suppression systems.

The CWBSP Learning Path will give eligible certification candidates the opportunity to increase their proficiency as a water-based systems designer and prepare for the Certified Water-Based Systems Professional (CWBSP) exam, available to take online or at hundreds of in-person testing sites worldwide.

To earn the certification candidates must have a minimum of five years of relevant work experience and obtain an attestation from a supervisor or employer.

Students who participate in the CWBSP Online Learning Path can review the layout and design requirements for fire suppression systems, including sprinkler, standpipe, and underground systems.

They will also be able to examine design considerations for fire pumps, water tanks, and hangers. Interactive exercises, real-life scenarios, and short videos will give students the opportunity to reinforce what they have learned.

The CWBSP Learning Path includes a practice test component and a final Capstone activity so students can assess their progress before taking the exam.

All participants of the CWBSP Learning Path will receive one year of access to exclusive online content and lessons developed by NFPA experts who have an intimate understanding of codes and standards and how they work together to support professional credentialing.

Dan Pickel, NFPA director of certification and accreditation, commented: “The NFPA Certified Water-Based Systems Professional credential was created in 2018 after discussions with leaders in the field of water-based systems design who indicated a strong desire for a credential that will assess and verify the knowledge and expertise necessary to be a water-based systems designer.

“The CWBSP was then developed in consultation with professionals from a wide variety of specialties, which helped us to create effective content and context for this new certification offering that can help professionals meet and exceed their career goals and give employers a benchmark to hire the most qualified candidates.”

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