What role does our industry play?
Both NFPA 80 and NFPA 101 require the inspections and testing of door assemblies to be performed by individuals who are knowledgeable of the operating components of the fire and egress door assemblies. Through the education and training provided by DHI (see additional information below), members of our industry have opportunity to actively participate in the inspection process.
Who has the authority to enforce the inspection requirements of NFPA 80 and NFPA 101?
With continued authority, Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) will confirm that the inspections occurred by reviewing the documentation and verifying that the necessary corrective actions were taken to repair assemblies that were found to have deficiencies. AHJs rely on the expertise of industry personnel to correctly perform and document the inspections of egress and fire door assemblies.
Who is responsible for the maintenance and care of the door assemblies?
Responsibility for the maintenance and care of door assemblies rests solidly on the shoulders of the building owners. The role of the inspector is to record and report the condition of the door assemblies to the owner. Owners will have to decide if, when, and what corrective actions will be taken; otherwise they will run the risk of being cited for violations by the AHJ.
Why should I participate in the Annual Fire and Egress Door Assembly Inspection Program?
- Create a new revenue stream by providing the inspection services and performing maintenance on the door assemblies
- Establish credibility in your role as a leader in life safety and security
- Be directly responsible for increasing life safety
- Advance your career and increase your value as an employee
- Increase your competitive edge
- Create a new business model for distribution
- Increase your opportunity to meet with end-users
What role does DHI play in the inspections?
DHI has created a training program that provides students with door, frame and hardware product and application knowledge. The program culminates in a 4-day training class that concentrates on NFPA 80’s and NFPA 101’s inspection requirements (including proper documentation practices).This training is open to all qualified parties.
Who else is involved in this program?
Intertek (through its Warnock Hersey Mark) has partnered with DHI to offer professional certification as part of this program. Upon passing the DAI 600 class exam, students will be invited to enroll in Intertek’s Certified Fire and Egress Door Inspector certification program.
For more information and/or to find an Intertek certified door inspection professional, go here.
What classes/training is required to attain the education necessary to become a certified inspector?
In order to become a FEDAI you must successfully complete the DHIs DAI 600- Fire and Egress Door Assembly Inspection class. This class will teach you how to perform and record the annual inspections in accordance with the NFPA 80 and NFPA 101 requirements. The class also provides tips for interacting with owners and AHJs.
Prior to registering for DAI 600, students must first complete the following prerequisites:
- SSC100: Self-Study Course: Fundamentals of Architectural Doors and Hardware
- COR113: Architectural Hardware and Applications
- COR140: Using Codes and Standards
Individuals certified as Architectural Hardware Consultants (AHCs), Certified Door Consultants (CDCs), Electrified Hardware Consultants (EHCs), and Architectural Openings Consultants (AOCs) are eligible to enroll in the FDAI class without completing the prerequisite courses.*
*Click here for detailed information regarding this policy.
What if I fail the DAI 600 Exam?
The minimum passing score on the DAI 600 exam is 80%; (300 out of a possible 375 points).
Students who do not achieve a passing score on the class exam and who are certified consultants (AHCs, CDCs, EHCs or AOCs) are required to pass the three prerequisite courses before being eligible to apply for their retake of the DAI 600 class exam. (Consultants who have already completed the aforementioned courses as part of the eligibility requirements for their AHC, CDC or EHC certification exams are not required to retake these courses and are permitted to retake the DAI 600 class exam after a six-week waiting period.)
Consultants who need to complete the prerequisite courses have the option of completing them by attending the classes in person or by passing the Challenge Exams. All students are required to pass the retake of the DAI 600 class exam within one year of the date of the original exam. Students who do not pass the exam within the one-year period are required to retake the class in its entirety.
Students retaking the DAI 600 class exam are required to pay an exam fee of $500.00 (member) or $750.00 (non-member) and register no later than seven days in advance of the start of the class session. Students retaking the exam are permitted to audit the class immediately preceding their exam retake.
Please contact DHI's Education Department at (703) 222-2010, if you have questions or refer to the DAI 600 Exam Retake Policies (PDF document).
Is there any documentation available to help me get my business venture in door inspections off the ground?
To assist our industry as they conduct their annual inspections, DHI has created an Inspection Report form and a Model Business Agreement available to those who have successfully completed the Fire Door Assembly Inspection class. The Inspection Report form will be used to document their inspection(s). Building owners will then be able to keep the necessary paperwork on file in compliance with the new code requirements. The second form, the Model Business Agreement, is a standard document to be used by the inspectors company with the building owner.
As a certified inspector, how do I protect myself and my company from risk by errors and/or omissions?
The DHI has endorsed Telcom Insurance Services Corporation (TISC) to administer an insurance program for DHI members. TISC is a national leader in developing association specific programs and has worked closely with the leaders and select members of DHI to become an authority on providing protection to the architectural door openings industry.
DHI-Sponsored Insurance Program through TISC, we can provide you ways to lower your risk through customized insurance policies and risk education. DHI co-owns and therefore co-directs with TISC all aspects of the program. TISC isn’t just an insurance agent. They are client advocates who will help with all your insurance-related needs including coverage selection, insurer choice, risk management assistance, contract reviews and claims monitoring.
This insurance program offers detailed, customized coverage specific to the needs of the Fire and Egress Door inspector providing coverage for errors and omissions resulting from the door inspection process. Ultimately, this affords you better coverage and savings in annual premiums to your company.
For more information, contact:
Peter J. Elliott, CPCU
Bonnie L. Gauerke, AU
Who is creating awareness and a demand for this program?
DHI, in conjunction with The Door Security & Safety Foundation (formerly the Foundation for the Advancement of Life Safety Security), takes the lead with the fire service community to create awareness and educate officials on the importance of fire door assembly inspections and the role that these inspections play in life safety.
How do I get started?
DHI is committed to supporting the openings industry and it members through this initiative. All the components are in place. Are you and your company prepared to take full advantage of this revenue-generating opportunity? Contact DHI today at (703) 222-2010 and learn how you, too, can be actively involved in and benefit from DHI’s Fire and Egress Door Assembly Inspection program.