Advance your professional knowledge by attending one of the in-depth professional development seminars. Seminars are taught by the top leaders and subject matter experts in the field. Meet your licensing requirements and earn up to 21 Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

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 *Note: *The seminars require advanced registration and require an additional fee.

Advanced Fire Dynamics Simulator

Dates: Oct 31-Nov 1 (2 days)
This 2-day seminar will cover advanced techniques in Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) visualization. Each topic module includes a lecture and a workshop in which the student works example problems on their personal laptop computer. This seminar is a significant update of the previous seminar. It will include an introduction to PyroSim with the option to complete each module example using FDS or PyroSim.

Learning Objectives: 
Upon completion the participant should understand:

  • Pyrolysis and combustion.
  • Boundary condition options, including: conduction, multiple layers, fixed temperature, extraction, supply, etc.
  • Radiation.
  • Smoke detectors and sprinklers.
  • Implementing pre and post flashover fires.
  • HVAC.
  • How to create complex geometry.
  • Advanced Smokeview techniques: custom iso-surfaces, texture mapping, render files, and cad view.
  • Using spreadsheets to develop FDS input files.
  • Using PyroSim to create and run FDS input files and view results.

Each student should have an understanding of fire dynamics, heat transfer, and fluid dynamics theory to gather the greatest understanding possible from the course.

Attendees must bring a laptop computer with a minimum 2 GHz Pentium processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 10GB of free hard disk space. The computer should have a spreadsheet program for analyzing data and Adobe Acrobat for reading the documentation. The attendees should also make sure that they have sufficient security privileges on their computers to allow the software to be installed during class.

Before coming to class, attendees should have download the most recent version of FDS, Smokeview, and PyroSim and make sure the programs run on their computer. FDS and Smokeview are available from the NIST website Follow the links for software, fire simulation software, and the NIST Fire Dynamics Simulator and Smokeview. PyroSim is available at Install the Free Trial version.

Professional Development Hours (PDHs):
Upon completion each participant qualifies for 14 PDHs or 1.4 CEUs. A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded.

Application of Fire Risk Assessment

Dates: Oct 31-Nov 1 (2 days)
This two-day seminar 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.

Learning Objectives:
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.
  • Identify the data needs and potential sources of the data needed.
  • 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.

Who Will Benefit:
Experience Level Intermediate FPEs, Code Officials, Facility Engineers, Plan Reviewers, Design Professionals (Architects/Engineers)

Materials Needed (included in price of the seminar):
SFPE Engineering Guide to Fire Risk Assessment

Seminar Assessment:
Participants will be assessed via a written exam upon completion of the seminar. A passing score of 70% will be required to obtain a Certificate of Completion.

Professional Development Hours (PDHs):
Upon completion each participant qualifies for 14 PDHs or 1.4 CEUs. A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded.

Fire Sprinkler Design for Engineers

Dates: Oct 31-Nov 2  (3 days)
This three-day course is based on the 2016 editions of NFPA 13 and 20 standards. The seminar is designed to provide participants with the tools needed to design fire sprinkler systems in accordance with building and fire codes. The three-day seminar covers introductory aspects that are essential for engineers, designers, and AHJ’s who are new, or need a 2016 update/refresher, to sprinkler system design, classification of the hazards and commodities to be protected, water supplies, fire pumps, confirmation of the hydraulic data and preliminary hydraulic design, and preparation of design documentation. In addition, more advanced topics such as application of new technologies, protection of high-piled storage, and computer generated hydraulic calculations is also included.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this seminar participants will be able to:
  • Use hazard classifications to design sprinkler systems
  • Select the most suitable type of system for your project
  • Develop system design criteria using hydraulic calculations
  • Describe sprinkler vs. non sprinkler system requirements
  • Distinguish the suitability of different types of sprinkler systems to certain hazards and construction components
  • Understand water system implications for sprinkler system and fire protection design
  • Illustrate combining fire pumps and water supplies
  • Know how to hydraulically calculate pipe sizes

Basic construction knowledge and ability to read construction documents.

Who Will Benefit:
Fire Protection Engineers, Sprinkler System Designers, Building Owners and Managers, Building and Fire Inspectors, Mechanical Engineers, Civil Engineers, Electrical Engineers, and Architects.

Experience Level:
Beginner to Advanced

Materials Needed:
Calculator, architectural scale (1/4” and 1/8” equals a foot minimum), and current NFPA 13 Automatic Sprinkler handbook or Standard, along with a laptop computer to operate the demo of the hydraulics program provided by SFPE.

Professional Development Hours (PDHs):
Upon completion each participant qualifies for 21 PDHs or 2.1 CEUs. A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded.

Principles of Fire Protection Engineering

Dates: Oct 31-Nov 2 (3 days)
Seminar Description:
This three-day seminar is open to all individuals interested in gaining or refreshing their basic to intermediate knowledge of the principles of fire protection engineering. This seminar presents the application of science and engineering principles to protect people, property, and their environments from harmful and destructive effects of fire and smoke. It covers areas of fire detection, suppression, and mitigation as well as human behavior and recommendations on how to maintain a tenable environment for evacuation during a fire scenario. Fire suppression systems components will be examined to include fire science, fire safety design, fire detection and fire alarm systems, fire suppression systems, automatic sprinkler systems and smoke control principles. Industry standards and variations will be discussed using NFPA codes and building codes.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this seminar, participants should be able to:
  • Understand the phenomena of combustion and ignition.
  • Forecast how buildings can be protected from fire and how human behavior respond can be expected during emergencies
  • Recognize means of egress concepts, human tenability limits, occupant responses to cues and decision making process by people in fire situations and during evacuation.
  • Distinguish the performance of basic construction materials in the fire environment.
  • Evaluate water-based fire suppression systems types such as fire sprinkler and water mist systems.
  • Discuss smoke management forces, and design principles for smoke management systems.
  • Categorize fire detection and alarm systems including various types.


Who Will Benefit:
Experience Level Basic Fire Protection Engineers (FPEs), Fire Alarm Designers, Architectural, Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers.

Seminar Assessment:

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

Professional Development Hours (PDHs):
Upon completion each participant qualifies for 21 PDHs or 2.1 CEUs. A certificate of completion will be awarded.

Understanding Human Behavior in Fires

Dates: Oct 31 (1 day)
Seminar Description
This one-day Understanding Human Behavior in Fires seminar is the prediction of human behavior during a fire emergency is one of the most challenging areas of fire protection engineering. Yet, understanding and considering human factors is essential to designing effective evacuation systems, ensuring safety during a fire and related emergency events.

The first module of this course will present the many types of characteristics that may influence occupant performance, reaction and movement process in an emergency situation. It will include a discussion on the Protective Action Decision Model (PADM) and how it serves to inform our understanding of the flow of information to occupants via cues from the fire, building or people in a fire situation and the resultant decision-making processes that influence their protective action responses during the fire incident. Discussions will also address exposure to toxicants, irritants, heat and visibility loss in a fire and the potential impacts, including additive effects, on the human body at varying degrees of exposure.

The second module will focus on modeling human behavior in fire and will include a discussion on the development and selection of occupant behavioral scenarios. The module will also discuss the many considerations that affect the choice of a particular calculation approach or model, such as project data needed, model input data needed, complexity of scenario(s), detail of output needed, and need to assess the impact of behavioral assumptions.

The third module will discuss fire situation management and will include discussions on enhancing human response to emergency notification and messaging and managing the movement of occupants during fire emergencies

Seminar Objectives

Upon completion of this seminar participants will be able to:

  • Understand the many types of characteristics that may influence occupant performance, reaction and movement process in an emergency situation.
  • Understand the theory and process of individuals or groups of occupants taking protective actions in the context of the building fire emergency timeline.
  • Understand how fire effluents can lead to incapacitation of people subject to the hazards of a fire.
  • Obtain guidance to assist in developing occupant behavioral scenarios as part of a performance-based design.
  • Understand the basic concepts of occupant movement and how to estimate the time for occupants to move to a place of safety or refuge.
  • Obtain understanding and guidance for the selection of one of the various methods of performing egress calculations.
  • Develop an understanding of the various sources of uncertainty in a human behavior analysis.
  • Understand how people process emergency warning information and examine factors that may inhibit the process.
  • Consider the numerous factors that play roles in the use of evacuation, relocation, and protect-in-place strategies when deciding how building occupants can best be safeguarded during fire emergencies.

Target Audience
This seminar has been developed for engineers, Architects, Code Officials/AHJs, and Public Educators.

Materials Requirements
Each participant is required to buy the UPDATED SFPE Guide to Human Behavior in Fire, 2nd Edition and bring it to class with them.

Seminar Assessment
Participants will take a short quiz at the end and candidates will need to pass with a minimum score of 70%.

Professional Development Hours
CEUs .7 | PDHs 7 will be offered. Upon completion of a post-test attendees will be awarded a certificate of attendance.