Spray-applied Fireproofing Special Inspection

This course develops students to perform competent SFRM and TFIFRM inspections. This course also prepares students to sit for the ICC Spray-applied Fireproofing Special Inspector examination. Topics covered include: ethical and essential responsibilities of the Spray-applied Fireproofing Special Inspector, understanding the differences between spray fiber, cemenititious, and intumescent fire resistive material, foundation of spray-applied fireproofing, properly conduct testing according to ASTM and AWCI manuals, applicable usage of Code references that pertain to spray-applied fireproofing report writing, plans reading as it pertains to spray-applied fireproofing. Determine testing frequencies, and observation standards per building codes, as well as exam preparations according to ICC examination standards for ICC Spray-applied Fireproofing Special Inspector Examination.


Course Objectives

The objective of this course is provide the theory and knowledge of the inspection of both field applied sprayed fire-resistive materials (SFRM) and thin-film intumescent fire-resistive materials (TFIFRM); to provide a understanding of substrate and environmental conditions that could influence the suitability of applied, fire resistive materials; and how to properly conduct quality assurance testing using appropriate ASTM’s, International Building Code, and AWCI Technical Manuals, as well as introduction to construction techniques, materials and terminology used in fireproofing and firestopping.

• To become familiar with sprayed fiber, cementitious, and intumescent fire-resistive materials and their purpose

• To apply the specific standards for the inspection, testing, and acceptance of SFRM and TFIFRM contained in the IBC

• To develop a working knowledge of the International Building Code’s Special Inspection Program (referred to as Chapter 17 inspections)

• To learn and understand the organization, use, and applicability of the UL Fire Resistance Directories

• To understand the differences in the testing frequencies specified by the various ASTM’s, IBC, and AWCI publications for thickness, density, and cohesion/adhesion

• To describe the properties and behavior of fireproofing and firestopping

• To describe the different types of SFRM


Course Structure

This course is designed to provide a hybrid experience, including classroom and hands-on training. This class will be divided in the following way:

70% Classroom Training

• Theory and application of SFRM and TFIFRM

20% Field Hands-On Training

• Adhesion / cohesion testing

• Thickness testing

• Field training based on job site location at time of class

10% Exam Preparation

• Sample code and plan examinations

• ASTM review


Course Outline


General Requirements

• Duties and Responsibilities

• Notification of Discrepancies

• Inspection Report


• Testing

• TFIFRM Inspections




Materials Laboratory Test





Textbook and Course Material

• 2009 International Building Code

• Technical Manual 12-A Standard Practice for the Testing and Inspection of Field Applied Sprayed Fire-Resistive Materials, an Annotated Guide, 3rd edition

• Technical Manual 12-B Standard Practice for the Testing and Inspection of Field Applied Thin Film Intumescent Fire-Resistive Materials, an Annotated Guide, 2nd edition

• Model Program for Special Inspection

Please view ICC’s National Certification Examination Information Bulletin to determine the current books that are accepted for testing.

 Our philosophy at NDE Institute is based on our belief that the strongest inspectors are those who are trained with a focus on ethics and essential responsibilities.

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