Why CFPE Classroom Training? Q&A with NFPA's "Maine" Man

Blog Post created by seanryan Employee on May 22, 2017

Pete Cutrer, one of our instructors who lives in Maine, drove down to NFPA a few weeks back to talk about our new 3-day classroom training program for the Certified Fire Plans Examiner (CFPE) certification.
Pete brings a wealth of experience to the classroom as he is a Certified Fire Plan Examiner himself. He is also an IAAI Certified Fire Investigator, is certified as a NFPA CFI-II, and a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS). Peter's focus is on energetic, progressive training in the fire prevention and investigation fields. His service included working full time as a Fire Marshal and Deputy Chief for two cities.
Q: Why is the CFPE certification so important?
A: Many AHJ’s are faced with plan review every day. Whether it is site plans that affect the emergency access, or building plans that affect egress and occupant loads, understanding plan review and the importance of doing it right can’t be understated.
Q: How will this training help you prepare for the certification exam?
A: The class takes you through the use of the codes, and how to identify the key areas of the codes. Because the test focuses on the student’s ability to find answers quickly in the code books, the books are definitely an important tool used in class. It’s a great way for the participants to get used to the content and how to find the answers they need quickly.
Q: Who are the people that will benefit the most from CFPE training? Is it just the fire service or are there others?
A: While the class is designed to educate fire inspectors, the class will benefit anyone who performs plan reviews, such as plant managers, loss prevention personnel, healthcare inspectors, and of course municipal fire officers.
Q: Why is this class different from other training programs?
A: This class specifically focuses on plan review, including fire alarm, sprinkler, building, and site plans.
Q: What are the top 3 takeaways attendees will leave this training event with?
A: Confidence in performing plan review, ability to use the code books pertaining to the plan they are reviewing, and an expanded knowledge base of the plan review process.
The first class will take place at NFPA headquarters in Quincy from July 10-12 with the exam on July 13. For more information, click here.