UL Qualified Firestop Contractor
FCIA's Accreditation Committee worked with UL/ULC for 2-1/2 years to develop the UL/ULC Qualified Firestop Contractor (QFC) Program. Launched at the FCIA Firestop Industry Conference, this program is gaining steam as a way to improve fire and life safety in buildings through quality firestopping.
UL Qualified Firestop Contractor Program Details
How to get and stay UL Qualified?
There are several steps one must take in order to become a UL or ULC Qualified Firestop Contractor.
1. Download and study the UL Program Guidelines & Checklist.
2. Study the FCIA Firestop Manual of Practice.
3. Take - AND PASS - the UL/ULC Firestop Exam, administered at all FCIA Conferences and Symposiums, as well as at select UL/ULC Facilities in North America. Examinees have passed the UL/ULC Firestop Exam when a grade of 80% or higher is achieved.
Note: Those individuals writing the UL Firestop Exam for the ULC Qualified Firestop Contractor Program (Canada specific) are required to write the UL Canadian Firestop Exam. These additional questions are not graded independently, but rather are graded in combination with the pool of questions from the core UL Firestop Exam.
4. Write and implement a company Quality Management System Manual.
Note: Members have access to an FCIA Sample Quality Management System Manual available for use as a template. Join FCIA to learn more about this Member Benefit.
5. Apply for the UL/ULC QFC Program. As part of the application process, UL/ULC will complete an audit the implemented Quality Management System. This audit will include audits of the implemented system both at the office and in the field.
6. Once the company is UL/ULC Qualified, the person who passed the UL Firestop Exam is appointed by the firestop company a "DRI', Designated Responsible Individual.
7. Complete annual UL/ULC audits to maintain compliance with the UL/ULC Qualified Contractor Program requirements.
How to Stay a UL/ULC Qualified Firestop Contractor
Here's how UL Qualified Firestop Contractor DRI's can receive CEU's. Details about UL DRI CEU's are in the DRI Recertification by Continuing Education Application.
DRIs are required to maintain 6 CEUs every 3 years.
1 CEU = 10 hours of contact education time
- Attend FCIA Conferences and Symposiums*
- Attend a Fire Protection Conference, NFPA Continuing Education Seminar, International Code Council Continuing Education Seminar, AIA Continuing Education Seminar, ALA, Construction Specifications Institute Continuing Education Seminar through national or local chapters, or other similar Continuing Education Session*
- Present an Education Program to a group of qualified attendees (Building Officials, AHJs, Fire Marshals, Facility Managers, etc) *
- Get audited annually by UL for continued compliance
* UL determines CEU Values for these. Contact UL's representatives for values.
Download the UL Program & Checklist
A Firestop Contractor Company Quality Management System Manual is one of the key components to preparing for a UL/ULC Qualified Firestop Contractor Program audit. Use this checklist as a guide to prepare your firm's Quality Management System Manual for audit by UL's Personnel.
UL/ULC Qualified Firestop Contractor Program - Quality Management System Checklist
Learn the UL QFC Program Requirements. This document, plus the checklist, help you design your Quality Management System and prepare for the audit.
UL Qualified Firestop Contractor Program Requirements
Apply for the UL Program
Want to become UL Qualified? Download the UL Qualified Firestop Contractor Program Application Form. How much is it? Contact FCIA for cost info.
Contractor Program Application Form
Systems Selection is a huge part of being a Specialty Firestop Contractor. Whether you are pursuing UL/ULC QFC status or not, the ability to be able to reconcile specified Firestop System design with compatibility to field conditions is essential to being a Firestop Contractor, Firestop Special Inspector or Specifier. This presentation from UL's Rich Walke deciphers the mystery of the UL Fire Resistance Directory.
UL Fire Resistance Directory User Guide
The UL Management System e-Learning Program* offered through UL helps Firestop Contractors develop their Quality Management System Manual. This one-hour training will assist you in understanding the requirements for the UL/ULC QFC Program and give you the roadmap and resources to develop and enhance your own management system as you prepare your organization for the UL on-site audit. This course can be repeatedly accessed for reference as you develop your own management system. Who should take this e-learning session? This training was developed for Specialty Firestop Contractors who are interested in becoming a UL/ULC Qualified Firestop Contractor.
* FCIA Members can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about a special FCIA discount code.
Want more info about the FCIA Management System Template for Contractors? Contact email@example.com for more info.
For more information about how to become an UL/ULC Qualified Firestop
Contractor, including How to Find UL Contractors Online, contact the FCIA Office at +1 708-202-1108, or email
FSA - UL's Fire and Security Authority Magazine
Issue 1, 2007