CAFSA Training Program

Meet the challenge of technical excellence and consumer value by enrolling your employees in the nationally recognized standard for sprinkler fitter training. The American Fire Sprinkler
Association’s correspondence course: Training For Excellence. Combine the home learning curricula with the CAFSA’s 9000-hour (five-year) on-the-job apprenticeship program along with the CAFSA?s two-year performance based, classroom curricula, and you can be confident of building a quality oriented and skilled manpower resource that will ensure the continued success of your business well into the 21st Century.

AFSA/CAFSA’s correspondence program is divided into four books that cover a variety of relevant industry qualifications from personal responsibility and job safety to trouble shooting wet and dry pipe sprinkler systems, blueprint reading, water meters, exposure systems, valves, underground systems and many other required fields of knowledge. In addition, the CAFSA has recently completed the development and implementation of a two-year performance based classroom and lab curricula which supplements the correspondence study, and tests apprentices competency on skills they will need in order to advance. Under the guidance of certified instructors with years of field experience as journeymen, apprentices get a well-rounded education which prepares them for a rewarding career.

At the core of the CAFSA curricula are the AFSA’s nationally recognized workbooks. These encompass information spanning the latest devices and techniques, as well as the proven
techniques and methods of the past. Coupled with CAFSA’s 21 module classroom training video’s which are provided in tandem with the workbooks, apprentices are thoroughly guided through the curriculum, assisted by veteran instructors whose depth of experience in the field and in the system design arena. These instructors not only present the curricula, but when needed can tutor individual apprentices who need additional help in passing the over 100 tests whish they are required to take over the five years they spend on their way to earning a certificate of completion (journeyman card) from the State of California and the Federal Government.

Working alongside a journeyperson, the apprentice gets to put the conceptual and technical data he or she has learned at home to work on the job.This combined course of study covers the complete range of technical, safety and product know-how for your mechanics, provides a long range plan of professional growth for your apprentices and serves as a powerful incentive to progress in a critical industry.

The CAFSA program operates under the full recognition and approval of the State of California’s Division of Apprenticeship Standards and Federal DOL, allowing equal access to bid
and perform public works jobs using fully certified apprentices as well as recognized journeypersons.Once the exclusive domain of contracting operations bound to collective bargaining agreements, such state, local and federal public works apprenticeship recognition is now available to committed and quality conscious merit shop contractors who understand the importance of a level playing field.

In partnership with the CAFSA’s Apprenticeship program, participating contractors stay informed of the latest developments in the fire sprinkler industry, increase competitiveness,
productivity and profitability by utilizing a well trained work force, and cut operating costs through the reduction of mistakes and on-the-job accidents.