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Northwest Automatic Fire Alarm Association

NWAFAA Fall Training Day 1 - Understanding the Fire Alarm Requirements of the 2021 IBC

  • Tuesday, November 05, 2024
  • 08:00 - 17:00
  • Mohawk Business Park Training Center 7991 SW Mohawk St Tualatin, OR 97062


  • This class is offered at the NWAFAA membership price.


Understanding the Fire Alarm Requirements of the 2021 IBC

Course Description

This training program is beneficial for designers of fire alarm systems, project managers or lead installers for fire alarm systems and authorities having jurisdiction responsible for fire alarm system plan review and acceptance testing.

It is also useful for those preparing for the NICET Level II or higher exams. Discussions and practical exercises are used to improve the participant’s knowledge of, and how to use the building and fire codes in determining fire alarm requirements.

This course consists of 7 Contact Hours for continuing education. The student must attend the entire seminar to receive credit.

Course Objectives

Upon completion, each participant will have a solid understanding of how to use the IBC in determining minimum fire alarm requirements according to the building’s intended use and occupant load. And understanding the specific requirements that apply to special use occupancies and high-rise buildings.

Course Materials

  • Student workbook (provided electronically)
  • Student should bring the 2021 edition of the International Building Code
  • Calculator, pencils and note paper - Student to provide

Course Outline

Part 1: Introduction and discussion of Codes and Standards

Part 2: Review the format of the International Building Code

Part 3: Discuss the changes between editions

Part 4: General fire alarm requirements such as submittal document requirements

Part 5: Specific fire alarm requirements by occupancy use group and occupant load

Part 6: Practical exercises and discussion of fire alarm system requirements



Tom Hammerberg is an independent contractor and retired from the Automatic Fire Alarm Association in June 2017.He continues to present seminars nationally. Tom has been in the alarm industry for 44 years and was with AFAA for 23 years, serving as President/Executive Director and Director of Industry Relations. Tom is NICET Level IV certified in the field of Fire Alarm Systems and is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist.

The NWAFAA is a chapter of the Automatic Fire Alarm Association serving the Pacific Northwest. This organization brings together Engineers, AHJ's, Vendors, Installers, Manufacturers and End Users in the fire alarm industry to further the industry.

7324 SW Durham Rd
Portland, OR 97224

  Northwest Automatic Fire Alarm Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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