The National Fire Sprinkler Association is looking for the best Fire Sprinkler Design Technicians in the land!If you know NFPA 13 inside and out,can figure out optimal spacing for rooms of unusual dimensions in your head, or have memorized what size suction pipe needs to be used with each size of fire pump...then you mighthave the right stuff for the Top Tech competition!
The 2019 competition will take place May 15-18, 2019 at the Omni Hotel Nashville in Nashville, TN. Once again,participants from around the country will square off against each other in a game show format.In order to qualify,each participant needs to take an exam.The highest scoring individuals will be invited to partake in the onsite activities to find the 2019 Top Tech, with a chance to win up to a $2,000.00 (USD) cash prize.
The 2019 competition has some great features:
·Individual Competitors:2017 was a great success in finding the official NFSA Top Tech.This year we continue the tradition and search for the 2019 individual Top Tech.
·Three Step Contest:First, participants begin with an online examination.The next step will be an onsite test to determine the 18 participants for the live rounds during the North American Fire Sprinkler Expo®.The third step will be the elimination tournament in a game show format.
·Poker Run:Contestants who do not qualify for the competition during the North American Fire Sprinkler Expo®will have a chance to compete for additional prizes.
There is a new registration procedure for all NFSA Events. It is suggested you register early to avoid any technical problems.The link to register is now open on-line https://members.nfsa.org/event/TopTech2019Qualifier (The has been available since noon Eastern Standard Time on December 10th).In order to register, participants need to log in to their Existing User Account or create a New User Account at www.nfsa.org .If you do not know log in information, contact member services at email@example.com or NFSA Customer Service (845-878-4200 x 9)Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.EST.
The exam will be available on-line from Monday December 10, 2018 at noon to Monday January 14, 2019 at noon EST. The exam may be taken any time during the five weeks that it is available.You can take a break between sessions, but once you start a session, the clock is running,and you need to finish it.Make sure that you complete your session before the time runs out, or you will not get any credit for any of the answers in that session.The exam can only be taken once by each person.
The exam will be open book and tests your knowledge on the application and use of NFPA 13, NFPA 13R, NFPA 13D, NFPA 14, NFPA 22,and NFPA 20.The concepts for the online exam are multiple choice questions on the layout, detail, and calculation of sprinkler systems, standpipes, fire pumps, and storage tanks.The layout portion of the exam will need to be downloaded, completed and returned within a specified period of time in order to get credit.The exam will intentionally be challenging to identify the best technicians.
Please only take the exam if you are available and willing to attend the NFSA Annual Seminar and Exhibit in Nashville, TN on May 15-18, 2019.The NFSA will provide complimentary registration to the NFSA Annual Seminar and North American Fire Sprinkler Expo® for up to 50 qualifying participants. A testing round will be done onsite on May 15, 2019 to narrow the field to the top 18 contestants.Those who make the top 18 will receive a stipend of $500.00 (USD) to offset some of the travel costs.
At the NFSA Annual Seminar and North American Fire Sprinkler Expo®, the participants will face each other in an elimination tournament in a game show format, earning points for answering correct questions and losing points for incorrect responses.The competition continues until there is only the Top Tech left standing.They will be crowned “Top Tech for 2019” and will win fabulous prizes as well as the admiration of peers and recognition at the NFSA Annual Seminar and North American Fire Sprinkler Expo®as the best Fire Sprinkler Technician in the country.
Prizes will be given this year for the top 6 contestants.Those who finish in third through sixth place will receive a cash prize of $250.00 (USD) each. The second-place winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000.00 (USD) and be featured in National Fire Sprinkler Magazine.The first-place winner will receive a cash prize of $2,000.00 (USD) and be featured in both National Fire Sprinkler Magazine as well as a video interview on the NFSA website.In addition, the company of the first-place winner will receive a plaque recognizing the“Top Tech for 2019” as well as one complimentary registration to the 2020 NFSA Annual Seminar and 10% off all NFSA training programs for the remainder of 2020.
This year’s contest will bring together the best technicians in the fire sprinkler industry including returning competitors.The exciting competition will find who is the “Top Tech for 2019”.Is it you?Be sure to register soon.See you in Nashville.
See below for the Official Contest Rules.Good Luck!
Rule 2 has been amended to reference the 2018 edition of NFPA 22.
NFSA Top Tech 2019ContestRules
1.Only NFSA, CASA, and AMRACI members will be allowed to participate in the competition.Individuals interested in the competition need a unique username and password to log onto the NFSA website.Individuals will need to provide their name, their member company affiliation, and contact information upon taking the exam.The NFSA will hold this information in strict confidence.Winners’ names and company affiliations will be announced in NFSA publications and press releases.
2.The exam will be an open-book test based on the 2016 editions of NFPA 13, NFPA 13R, NFPA 13D, NFPA 14, NFPA 20,and 2018 edition of NFPA 22. The participant will have 60 minutes to finish 30 multiple choice questions on layout, detail and hydraulic calculation of fire sprinkler systems and pumps.It is expected that all hydraulics questions will be done by hand with a calculator, not with a computer program.The layout portion of the exam will need to be downloaded, completed and scanned into a PDF file and uploaded to the NFSA server within 60 minutes.Any late transmission will not be accepted, regardless of how close to the time limit the response is received by the NFSA. Computer problems are not unusual, so the participant is encouraged to leave ample time for dealing with scanning and sending issues.
3.The exam will only be available from noon on Monday December 10, 2018 to noon on Monday January 14, 2019 (all times Eastern Standard Time, EST). All responses must be received by noon on Monday January 14, 2019 in order to be considered.This means that a person wanting to start the exam on Monday January 14, 2019 must start by 9:00 a.m. (EST)in order to have the full time to take the exam.
4.Each person is only allowed to take the exam one time and they must use their proper identification when they do take the exam.Each person is required to keep the exam questions to themselves and not to share the information about what was on the exam with anyone else.We count on people’s ethical behavior in order to make sure that the exam is not compromised,and any breach of this trust will result in automatic disqualification of all parties involved from this and potentially all future competitions.
5.The only materials needed to take the online exam are a copy of the 2016 editions of NFPA 13, NFPA 13R, NFPA 13D,NFPA 14, NFPA 20, and 2018 edition of NFPA 22 and a calculator with a yx (raise to a power) function.
6.By January 31,2019,up to 50 individuals scoring highest will be offered spots in the onsite testing round.In the event a successful contestant declines the position, the offer will be given to the next place finisher who is eligible.
7.Participants will be given a free registration to the NFSA Annual Seminar in Nashville on May 15-18, 2019. Everyone participating in the Nashville finals will also be given a travel and subsistence subsidy of $500.00 (USD) following participation. There is no requirement that the individuals stay at the seminar hotel.
8.Prior to the opening of the North American Fire Sprinkler Expo®, participants will take part in an onsite examination to earn a slot in the live rounds during the North American Fire Sprinkler Expo®.
9.At the NFSA Annual Seminar, the participants will compete in a game show format,similar to a television game show. The competitions will take place in the exhibition hall on Thursday,May 16th and Friday May17th.
10.The Top Tech will receive a $2,000.00 (USD) cash prize.The runner-up will receive a $1,000.00 (USD) cash prize.The participants in the semi-final rounds will receive a $250.00 (USD) cash prize each.IRS rules require that we get a Social Security Number from the winning contestants to report the prize winnings.
11.Decisions of the NFSA judges during all parts of the competition are final.
12. If you have questions, please contact Roland Asp at the NFSA at firstname.lastname@example.org or (443) 844-3641 or Candace Jones at email@example.com or (443) 844-3668.