Recognizing the importance of fire sprinklers as a means to significantly reduce deaths and the costs of residential fires, the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) Board of Directors approved plans to offer a new accreditation program for installers of residential fire sprinkler systems on June 21, 2013. Modeled on the accreditation model of the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), the new accreditation is entitled the “Residential Fire Sprinkler Contractor Accreditation” program. The program was in development for more than two years and results from a collaboration of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), the International Code Council (ICC) and the CPSE. Both NFSA and AFSA are committed to promoting participation in the program to their respective members. The official, nationwide launch of the program occurred during the CPSE Awards Dinner on the evening of August 15, 2013, at the Swissotel Chicago in conjunction with the International Association of Fire Chiefs‘ (IAFC) Fire-Rescue International Conference in Chicago. CPSE’s Paul Brooks, Executive Director, hailed the decision of the board by stating, “This program represents CPSE’s commitment to promoting the installation of fire sprinklers in all new dwelling construction as a means to save lives and property. We are excited about this new venture for CPSE and the new partnerships we will build with the fire sprinkler industry.” The program accredits fire sprinkler contractors by evaluating, through the self-assessment process, the characteristics of viable, reputable and dependable companies. Participating companies will be evaluated in several categories:

  • Governance and Administration
  • Assessment, Planning, Goals
  • Services Provided
  • Physical Resources
  • Human Resources
  • Occupational Health and Safety/Risk Management
  • Employee Training
  • External Relationships
As with the CFAI accreditation model, companies will need to satisfy Core Competencies and Performance Indicators within each of the broad categories in order to achieve accreditation. The first company to successfully meet the criteria for the new accreditation was USA Fire Protection of Lake Forest, Illinois. The company was recognized at the program launch event on August 15. The Residential Fire Sprinkler Contractor Accreditation Program is designed to assure homeowners, state and local regulators and advocates for fire sprinklers in single-family dwelling structures that installations are completed by competent, professional companies that provide adequate training for installers and ensure the quality of their work. CPSE’s partner organizations, NFSA and AFSA will provide training for installation contractors and plumbers to support the training requirements of the program. Contact the CPSE for more information. Application fee for the Residential Fire Sprinkler Contractor Accreditation Program is $750, paid in two installments, with an annual maintenance fee of $250 per year.   About the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) The CPSE is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 1996 to award accreditation to fire and emergency service agencies and to pursue scientific research and education in the public interest. The CPSE primary concentration is on its accreditation and credentialing models. The accreditation model identifies and maintains optimal levels of fire and emergency services for agencies. The credentialing model elevates and sustains the professional standards for those persons responsible for managing and delivering essential fire and emergency services. The Center for Public Safety Excellence conducts workshops and publishes materials specifically designed to achieve and maintain a continuous path for quality improvement for both fire-related agencies and personnel. CPSE’s Technical Advisor Program (TAP) helps the fire and emergency service community meet the new public expectations to achieve and measure standards of effectiveness for the cost and methods of delivering essential fire and emergency services.