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Kansas City Spotlight: IFC Certification for Firestop Special Inspection Services

At Braun Intertec, we are committed to being the consultant of choice for our clients and the employer of choice for our employees. This often means encouraging our employee-owners to pursue professional development opportunities to obtain additional certifications that in turn allow us to work on more complex and high-profile projects. Recently, two employee-owners from our Kansas City office, Bryan Evans, E.I. and Alex Nelson, obtained their International Firestop Council (IFC) Special Inspector Certificate. In addition to this certification, Alex Nelson also received the Premier Level Certification, which is the highest level of IFC certification available. Alex is one of a handful of other employee-owners out of our Kansas City office that we are proud to say has received this top certification.

As special inspections become more prevalent, there have been more and more contractors requiring firestop special inspections to help protect life and assets. Over the past several years there has been a rapid increase in the inclusion of firestop special inspections in many projects that meet the requirements within the IFC special inspections handbook. With these recent certifications our local Kansas City team can better serve our client base for projects requiring firestopping installations and special inspections.

How do you become an IFC-Certified Inspector?
The IFC certification is broken up into two separate categories, the Standard IFC Certification for Special Inspectors, which is awarded upon successful completion of the exam; and a Premier Level Certification, which is the highest level of IFC and is achieved once the certified individual receives the required product training. This training can be achieved in two ways, the first being a seminar that lasts two, eight-hour days, which reviews their products and applications. The second way requires the technician to meet with four major firestop manufacturers and receive two hours of training from each. Upon completion, a Premier Level certificate will be issued by the IFC and posted to their website.

Congratulations to both Bryan and Alex on their recent certifications. We thank you for your continued support in growing our offices and expanding our technical capabilities!