UL-ULC Qualified Firestop Contractor Program Info
The UL Qualified Firestop Contractor Program's objective is to give Firestop Contractors a credible 3rd party Quality Management System Program to set themselves apart, while offering specifiers, building owners and managers a quantifiable qualification of the firm. The Quality Management System audit verifies that the contractor 'does what they say they do' in their quality manual, every day, as part of the company culture. Special attention is paid to how non-conformances are managed.
The UL-ULC Qualified Firestop Contractor Program and the ASTM E 2174 & ASTM E 2393 Standards for the Inspection of Firestop Systems, are complimentary programs. A contractor who has invested in the UL-ULC Program, inspected by a Consultant to the ASTM Standards, means quality contractors and quality installation. The inspection validates that the installation quality process is working.
Firestop contractors may also be less expensive than those who do not specialize in firestopping.
The UL-ULC Qualified Firestop Program has been accepted nationwide by architects and engineers through programs like MasterSpec and other master specifications for projects worldwide.
To become qualified, a person at the firestop contractor firm takes the UL-ULC Firestop Exam. After the person passes the exam and contractor firm passes the UL Audits, the firm appoints the person the Designated Responsible Individual (DRI). To become a DRI the person must past the rigorous UL/ULC Firestop Exam to become the key person in the firm to manage the firestopping quality management system process. The DRI Designation is not awarded the individual until the firestop contractor firm is Qualified by UL-ULC. The firestop firm qualification follows the company.
Once a DRI is in place, the contractor firm then authorizes and pays UL-ULC to audit the contracting firm's quality management system (procedures) as listed in their Managmenet System - Quality Manual to confirm that the firm's processes meet their own statements for Firestop Systems installation processes. A field audit of a jobsite may also part of the process, with a destructive test, performed to verify the management process works in the field. Upon successful audit, the firm would be deemed 'qualified', by UL-ULC.
UL-ULC Qualification is a 'company based program with an individual knowledge element included'. The UL-ULC Qualification only given those firms who have passed both the UL-ULC Firestop Exam and the Intial Facility and Procedure Audit Process.
Follow up Audits are performed by UL-ULC yearly by UL-ULC Personnel. DRI's must retest or provide verification of CEU eligible Education sessions attended. Testing and CEU's occurs at FCIA Conferences.