The Value of Membership
The Benefits of Joining NFSA
Your Expert of the Day
This program is one of our most used member benefits and provides members and member company employees with informal interpretations on industry codes and standards. These opinions are valued for their consistency, logic, and committee insights, and are often relied upon by AHJs when questions arise. Questions can be submitted by phone or email and our EOD will reply promptly.
Your Online Training
NFSA has been working diligently to bring in-class seminars to the virtual environment to make them easier to access. We have already brought the flagship Layout Technician Training to a “blended learning” model, with one week of online training and one-week in class. Our popular Technical Tuesday series continues, and the new online platform will make accessing past classes easier than ever, allowing companies greater ease in scheduling in-house training. NFSA Members receive significant discounts on these courses and registration preference.
Your On-Site Training
NFSA continues to travel the country conducting a wide array of in-class seminars for our members. A sample course catalog is available with links to the syllabus of each seminar through our training department. We value our members’ input on training classes and are always seeking to update and expand our line of classes. NFSA Members receive significant discounts on these courses and registration preference.
Your Local Chapter and Team in the Field
NFSA strives to give our members local resources with national support. Our Regional Managers are the face of the Association at a local level. They provide information and requests to headquarters so that resources can be directed effectively and efficiently. Regional Managers can schedule training, host meetings, advocate at local and state hearings, and be a general resource for your company. NFSA has developed 17 chapters around the country where our members gather to discuss issues regionally impacting fire sprinklers. These chapters host training, generally support the industry, and help advance the widespread acceptance of the fire sprinkler concept.
Your Engineering & Standards Committee (E&S)
The E&S Committee is comprised of industry leading technical experts and is responsible for many of the sprinkler requirements in today’s codes and standards. The committee provides a forum to generate proposals and comments to the NFPA codes and standards, which allows members to have a direct input into the industry guidelines. With representation on more than 50 NFPA Technical Committees, NFSA is one of the largest contributors to the entire NFPA consensus standards-making process.
Side by side burn trailers have crisscrossed our nation and educated tens of thousands on the need for fire sprinklers. In 2017, NFSA made high-profile appearances in major markets including Washington, DC, Chicago, L.A., and New York. NFSA made national appearances on Good Morning America to an audience of over 4 million viewers, and Fox & Friends to an audience of over 2.5 million viewers. In 2018, NFSA will develop marketing collateral to be used by NFSA chapters and allies to further advance our cause—we are sharing the message far and wide.
NFSA members receive significant discounts on NFSA Publications and NFSA Inspection forms, which are an industry standard. There is also a wide array of other resources available for your use.
National Fire Sprinkler Magazine is an exciting and informative bi-monthly publication produced by NFSA. Your magazine includes technical articles, contractor advice, and regional/national news. This excellent resource is a publication available to members only and is also available online.
This newsletter keeps members up to date on the changes and proposed changes to the fire sprinkler codes and standards, as well as rapidly developing fire protection technology. This letter is delivered on Tuesdays when live training is not offered.
Types of Membership
A Sprinkler Contractor Member is a firm or corporation which installs, maintains, or repairs fire sprinkler systems in the United States.
Contractor membership with NFSA gives you and all of your employees member benefits and discounts. As a Contractor Member, you will be able to attend our Contractors Council meetings. The Council is an elected body of 15 contractors from around the United States and includes 12 Area Directors elected by our Contractor Members from each region. This council physically meets 3 times per year the day prior to our full Board of Directors meeting. The contractor membership of NFSA is an inclusive group, consisting of contractors throughout the United States representing both Union and Open Shop companies. Contractor membership dues are:
Monthly Option: For union fire sprinkler companies, dues are calculated based on the hours worked by fitters according to the following table. Your total monthly dues would be: (Fitter Hours x 0.01) + (Base Monthly Dues) = Total Monthly Dues
|Total Fitter Hours Last Year||Your Monthly Dues||Your Assessment Per Fitter Hour|
|0 - 15,500||$35.00||$0.11*|
|15,501 - 22,500||$45.00||$0.11*|
|22,501 - 30,000||$60.00||$0.11*|
|30,001 - 37,500||$80.00||$0.11*|
|37,501 - 50,000||$100.00||$0.11*|
|50,001 - 65,000||$120.00||$0.11*|
|65,501 - 80,000||$135.00||$0.11*|
|80,001 - 100,000||$155.00||$0.11*|
|100,001 - 125,000||$170.00||$0.11*|
|125,001 - 150,000||$190.00||$0.11*|
|150,001 & Up||$200.00||$0.11*|
Flat Rate Option: If you company has less than $2M in revenue you have the option to pay annual dues according to the below table.
|$0 - $500,000||$750|
|$500,001 - $1,000,000||$1,000|
|$1,000,000 - $2,000,000||$2,000|
For open shop sprinkler contractors, dues are calculated based on annual company revenue from sprinkler work. The calculation for open shop contractor dues is: (Annual Revenue) x (0.0015) = Annual Dues*
*The minimum dues amount for open shop contractors is $2,000 and payment can be made on a monthly or annual basis.
The employees of our member companies should have user accounts with NFSA in order to access the benefits available to them including Expert of the Day, Online Training, Chapter Meetings. Furthermore, by having an account, member company employees will receive all NFSA emails including TechNotes, Spotlight on Sprinklers, Grassroots, etc…
Supplier And Manufacturer
A Supplier and Manufacturer Member is any person, firm, or corporation which manufactures, sells or distributes materials or services whose end use is intended for inclusion in fire sprinkler systems…
As a SAM Member, you will be able to attend our SAM Council meetings. The Council is an elected body of 12 representatives from SAM Member companies around the United States. This council physically meets 3 times per year the day prior to our full Board of Directors meeting. There are a variety of meetings and exciting projects hosted and facilitated by NFSA that serve to expand our industry and advance our mission. You and all of your employees are eligible for NFSA discounts and benefits. Most importantly, SAM membership provides an opportunity to collectively help advance and guide our growing industry. Finally, NFSA is the only national sprinkler association which gives a voice on its Board of Directors to supplier members. Two representatives are selected from the “SAM” Council to fill these important seats.
Supplier And Manufacturer Membership is based upon annual sales to the fire sprinkler industry in the United States and is priced according to this table.
|Annual Sales to U.S. Sprinkler Industry||Annual Dues|
|$0 - $500,000||$1,500|
|$500,001 - $1,000,000||$2,000|
|$1,000,001 - $5,000,000||$4,000|
|$5,000,001 - $10,000,000||$6,500|
|$10,000,001 - $15,000,000||$9,000|
|$15,000,001 - $20,000,000||$11,500|
|$20,000,001 - $25,000,000||$14,000|
|$25,000,001 - $30,000,000||$19,000|
|$30,000,001 & Up||$25,000|
The employees of our member companies should have user accounts with NFSA in order to access the benefits available to them including Expert of the Day, Online Training, Chapter Meetings, and events. Furthermore, by having an account, member company employees will receive all NFSA emails including TechNotes, Spotlight on Sprinklers, Grassroots, etc…
Professional & Subscriber (Individual Memberships)
Professional membership was created for those individuals, be they fire protection engineers, architects, other engineers, and others that are professionally engaged in the fire sprinkler industry. Pricing for this membership is on an annual basis and is: $165.00
Subscriber membership was created for members of the fire service, AHJ’s, and others interested in staying abreast of the industry happenings, but not professionally engaged in it directly. Pricing for this membership is on an annual basis and is: $85.00
The employees of NFSA member companies are eligible to receive all the benefits of memberships. Furthermore, a user account is required to access online training, to have all events and CEU’s linked to your account, and give you access to the members areas including forums and groups. Please click the below NFSA membership category to which your company belongs.