Inspect firestop systems per the 2012 International Building Code
As a qualified firestop inspector through Intertek’s Qualified Personnel (IQP) Program, you are trained to ensure that firestops are compliant to the 2012 International Building Code that requires special inspection of firestopping for buildings over 75 feet in height, and category III and IV buildings (Chapter 17, section 1705.16 of the IBC).
As a part of this elite program, you separate yourself from other firestop inspectors through the process of on-going training, regular third party audits, and the backing of Intertek. This adds value to the inspections you perform and makes you a trusted ally to AHJs.
Partnering with the International Firestop Council (IFC)
Intertek has partnered with the International Firestop Council (IFC) to develop the firestop program. The program, built on the foundation of IFC’s firestop training program, takes a comprehensive look at the knowledge necessary for firestop inspectors. Upon successful completion of the training program, an inspector is then eligible to take additional steps and become certified through Intertek.
Becoming a Qualified Firestop Inspector
To become a qualified firestop inspector through the IQP Program, participants must first complete the required training that the IFC has created. In addition to the on-line training, participants must also attend a one-day, in-person firestop inspection course. The in-person training courses are offered four times a year and the most up-to-date training schedule can be found on the IFC training site.
NOTE: The in-person training is not a requirement for inspectors who are not participating in the IQP Program.
After the training is completed and a passing score on the exam of 80% or higher is achieved, the inspectors are then eligible to become an Intertek Qualified Personnel (IQP). To apply, the inspectors fill out an application and submit it to Intertek. Upon review of the application, accepted inspectors then pay a small set-up fee and are set up as an IQP.
Benefits of becoming a Qualified Firestop Inspector
Branding – The IFC and Intertek are well known organizations in the fire industry. Affiliation to these organization affords participants the credibility of both making them easily recognizable and differentiated. Each qualified firestop inspector is given a badge and access to use both the Intertek name and IQP logo to help branding efforts.
Acceptance – The growth of the Firestop IQP Program along with its affiliation to Intertek gives participants recognition and acceptance with authorities having jurisdiction across the country.
Network – Qualified firestop inspectors benefit from the other IQP Programs. The expanding network of IQPs will continue to drive further recognition and demand for IQP program participants.
Marketing – National promotional efforts in trade shows, associations, and other industry events by Intertek and the IFC, will benefit all firestop program participants. Additionally, all participants receive a marketing kit and guidelines on how to promote themselves within their own markets.Auditing – As part of the program, all participating firestop inspectors work is independently audited by Intertek. The oversight from the auditing process helps ensure the quality of the inspections and helps participating firestop inspectors differentiate their services from the rest.