Seminar Schedule

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Application of Fire Risk Assessment - 2 days

Date: Monday-Tuesday, March 9th-10th
CEUs: Earn up to CEUs 1.4 | PDHs 14

This two-day course following a brief overview of the Guide, participants will be divided into working groups which will be tasked with applying the SFPE Guide to a specific project. Groups will be able to choose from a selection of projects that include: historic building, a high-rise residential occupancy, or a petroleum industry facility. In addition to applying the Guide to their specific project, participants will also review the work of others groups to broaden their understanding of the concepts of a fire risk assessment.

Upon completion of this seminar participants will be able to:

  • Describe the various steps associated with a fire risk assessment, as outlined in the SFPE Engineering Guide to Fire Risk Assessment.
  • Evaluate a project, prepare representative goal statements, objective statements, boundary conditions, and assumptions.
  • Prepare a fire hazard assessment for a designed project.
  • Identify a minimum of eight fire scenarios that need to be included in the fire risk assessment.
  • Evaluate various tools and methods available to assist in preparing a fire risk assessment and determine the appropriate one to be used for a given project.


Participants should have a fundamental understanding of the SFPE Engineering Guide to Fire Risk Assessment.

Target Audience
FPEs, Code Officials, Facility Engineers, Plan Reviewers, Design Professionals (Architects/Engineers).

Course Assessment
Participants will take a written exam upon completion of the course. The exam will focus on the understanding of the concepts rather than specific calculations. Candidates will need to pass with a minimum score of 70%. Upon completion of a test attendees will be awarded a certificate of attendance.

Fire and Life Safety Design of Very Tall Buildings: Challenges and Strategies - 1 day

Date: Monday, March 9th
CEUs: Earn up to CEUs .7 | PDHs 7

This one-day seminar will explore a wide range of fire and life safety challenges associated with very tall buildings and strategies to address them. To enhance learning, attendees will be asked to participate in simple, qualitative hazard, risk or reliability analyses, fire and life safety strategy development for representative building configurations and fire scenarios, and fire safety management and evacuation planning exercises. Due to time constraints there will be no quantitative or computational analyses. The topics and sequence will generally follow those embodied in the SFPE Engineering Guide: Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings. Content includes an overview of fire events in tall buildings, highlighting issues of concern and lessons learned. Emerging trends in very tall building design, which may have implications for fire and life safety performance, will be discussed. Attendees will receive a copy of the SFPE Engineering Guide: Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings.

Upon completion of this seminar participants will be able to:

  • Identify the potential impacts of new and emerging technologies and design features on fire and life safety performance in very tall buildings..
  • Explain how hazard, risk and reliability analysis can help identify and assess scenarios of concern and potential mitigation options.
  • Explain the roles that occupant risk perception and situation awareness might have on the selection and operation of defend in place and evacuation strategies.
  • Distinguish the impact of building design decisions on factors such as smoke control, fire spread and structural fire resiliency.
  • Understand systems reliability and robustness issues.


FPEs, Architectural, Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Insurers, Fire Safety Managers, Fire Service Personnel.

Course assessment
Participants will be assessed via a written test. A passing score of 70% will be required to obtain a Certificate of Completion.

Professional Development Hours
Upon completion each participant qualifies for 7 PDHs or .7 CEUs. A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded.

Performance-Based Design and the Codes - 1 day

Date: Tuesday, March 10
CEUs:7 PDHs or .7 CEUs

This course will provide an overview of The SFPE Engineering Guide to Performance-Based Fire Protection. This process identifies methods that includes defining a project scope; developing goals, objectives and performance criteria; selecting design fire scenarios and design fires; developing and evaluating trial designs; and preparing design documentation. Emerging issues related to Performance-Based Design (PBD) will also be covered such as incorporating Risk Informed Methods in PBD; selecting an appropriate fire model for a given application; estimating required safe egress time (RSET); performance-based design in tall buildings; performance-based design in long tunnels; performance-based design in structural fire engineering; conducting peer review for a performance-based design and performance-based design ITM for fire protection systems.

The course will also discuss emerging issues related Performance-Based Design (PBD) that include

  • Incorporating Risk Informed Methods in PBD
  • Selecting an Appropriate Fire Model for a Given Application
  • Estimating Required Safe Egress Time (RSET)
  • PBD in Tall Buildings
  • PBD in Long Tunnels
  • PBD in Structural Fire Engineering
  • Conducting a Peer Review for a PBD
  • Performance-Based ITM for Fire Protection Systems


Learning Objectives
The course will also discuss emerging issues related Performance-Based Design (PBD) that include

  • Define the process outlined in the SFPE Engineering Guide to Performance-Based Fire Protection
  • Formulate fire safety goals & objectives for a given project
  • Differentiate and apply the different types of acceptance criteria
  • Estimate design fires based on a given scenario
  • Contrast the differences in incorporating deterministic vs probabilistic approaches
  • Identify the important steps in selecting a fire model for a given application
  • Estimate REST
  • Outline the steps in performing a structural fire engineering analysis
  • Discuss fire safety issues in tall buildings and long tunnels
  • Identify the steps to conducting a peer review for a PBD project
  • Explain how to Implement a performance-based ITM program for fire protection system


General understand of the principle of fire protection engineering. A working knowledge of building codes and fire safety standard is helpful, but not essential, to participate in this seminar.

Materials Needed

FPEs, Fire Marshalls, AHJs, Code Officials, Plan Reviewers, Design Professionals (Architects/Engineers) Local Fire Municipalities.

Seminar Assessment
Participants will be assessed via a written test. A passing score of 70% will be required to obtain a Certificate of Completion.

SFPE is a registered provider for the American Institute of Architects continuing education system (AIA/CES) Provider # G219

SFPE is a Preferred Provider with the International Code Council Provider # 1699