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NFPA's Hands-On Classroom Training is an in-person learning experience that delivers both theory and “learning by doing”. Hands-On training provides first-hand experience in a real-life, controlled environment. Classes are offered throughout the year, you choose the locations and courses that work for you. 

In light of the concerns around the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus)NFPA has made the decision to reschedule in-person classes that were originally planned through the end of July. NFPA continues to monitor the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other local and global health organizations and resources for developments that may inform future decisions. Should additional changes be made they will be communicated here.
NFPA 25 Inspection Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems (2020) 3-Day Training

This 3-day course (NFPA 25 – Inspection Testing and Maintenance of Water Based Fire Protection Systems) will combine hands-on training in a lab setting with classroom learning hosted by NFPA’s Matt Klaus or other NFPA-approved instructors. Students will be able to review the 2020 Edition of NFPA 25, chapter-by- chapter with an expert NFPA instructor then apply what they’ve learned on actual equipment.

Return to your job with knowledge and experience you can apply immediately. With a better understanding of NFPA 25 along with the hands-on experience you should save time and money on planning, installations, reviews, maintenance, training and more. All attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to help keep buildings, assets and people better protected. Specifically, building owners and property managers will gain a better understanding of what they need to maintain their fire protection systems by properly managing their vendors. Installers, contractors, engineers and inspectors will see fire protection equipment in proper working order---giving them an inside view of why NFPA 25 is so important and the value of their part of the process.


  • August 17-19, Richmond, KY
  • September 1-3, Calendonia, MI

  • October 20-22, Pinellas Park (Tampa), FL

  • October 26-28, Toronto, ON

  • November 9-11, Cranston, RI

  • December 1-2, Phoenix, AZ

Price: $1,341 (NFPA members); $1,490 (non-members) 



Matt Klaus, NFPA’s Technical Lead for Fire Protection, talks about the 3-day NFPA 25 course that will combine classroom learning with hands-on training and demonstrations in a lab setting. Students will be able to review NFPA 25, chapter-by-chapter with Matt then apply what they’ve learned on equipment in a state-of-the-art lab. 


NFPA 13 Hands-on Installation of Sprinkler Systems (2019) 3-Day Training 

Understand water-based fire protection strategies through this comprehensive training program based on the 2019 edition of NFPA 13: Installation of Sprinkler Systems. Hands-on exercises and classroom discussion led by industry experts share new concerns, vital fundamentals, and the knowledge required for comprehensive understanding of top-quality installations. Shift from the classroom to the lab to experience:

  • Demonstrations on different sprinkler types and key factors
  • Wet pipe and dry pipe demonstrations/explanations
  • Hydraulic calculations in action -- from paper to piping
  • Demonstrations on the impact of obstructions on sprinklers 


  • September 15-17, Newark, DE

Price: $1,341 (NFPA members); $1,490 (non-members) 



You're invited to attend the NFPA 13 hands-on training.


Hands-on 2-Day Training – Essentials for Life Safety and Fire Protection Systems

Facility Managers require in-depth knowledge about the potentially life-saving systems that protect building occupants and now you can see those systems in action. This 2-day course was developed expressly for anyone serving in the role of Facility Manager, with special hands-on training and demonstrations of the critical fire protection and life safety systems in your facility -- as well as how requirements in NFPA 101®, The Life Safety Code, NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code and NFPA 25, Inspection Testing and Maintenance of Water Based Fire Protection Systems, are applied in practice. After expert-led classroom instruction and demonstrations in a state-of the-art laboratory, you’ll walk away with the insights and know-how needed to help manage vendors, provide answers to AHJs, and ultimately, keep occupants safe.


  • August 25-26, Richmond, KY

  • October 6-7, Newark, DE

  • November 12-13, Cranston, RI

Price: $981 (NFPA members); $1,090 (non-members)

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Learn about the life-saving systems that protect your building’s occupants, and see those systems in action. Hands-on Training features classroom instruction led by experts from NFPA plus special hands-on training and demonstrations of the critical fire protection and life safety equipment in a state-of-the-art lab.


Instructors who are NFPA employees are compensated for their time by salaried compensation and non-employee instructors are compensated at the successful completion of the course in accordance with the annual instructor agreement signed by the instructor. Prior to each training, non-employee instructors shall make it known to learners any proprietary interest in a product or service discussed. The instructor shall not promote products or services during any NFPA training activity.