The FCIA Accreditation Committee hired FM Approvals, a subsidiary of FM Global, to write the "FM Firestop Contractor Approval Standard
Class 4991" that set quantifiable standards for a Firestop Contractor to be measured. FM Approvals, a national leader in building loss reduction and quality programs, assembled the following requirements to become an FM 4991 Approved Contractor:
The FM 4991 Firestop Contractor Approval Standard contains a requirement for the approved Firestop Contractor Firm to employ Designated Responsible Individuals (DRI). DRI's implement the FM 4991 Approved Firestop Firm's quality program. This person must attain a grade of 80% or better on a rigorous test on the Firestop industry protocol, systems selection and general knowledge. The FM 4991 DRI test is based on information in the FCIA "Manual of Practice". To maintain DRI status, the person must earn CEU Credits through attending industry educational seminars or teaching.
FM 4991 Approved Contractors are the best value for the money in the construction industry. These contractors have invested resources to quantify their knowledge and expertise through an audit tested quality process, similar to ISO 9000, that is used in the manufacturing environment.
FM 4991 provides many benefits to the life safety industry in addition to those listed. Contractors who become FM Approved become more efficient through consistent operations to a specific standard. Secondly, the contractor firm reduces its business risk through effective use of the procedures used in FM 4991 approval.
To become approved requires much commitment. Listed below is the procedure to become an "FM 4991 Approved Contractor.
The process to become an FM 4991 Approved Contractor is not a one or two day task! FM 4991 approval is a long process with many important steps to take along the way. Estimated time from signing a contract to FM 4991 approval is at least 4-6 months, depending on success with DRI Testing, Quality Manual Production and other items required by the FM 4991 Applicant. The cost can vary from $4000 - $7000.