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SFPE Ethics Series: A Guide to Peer Review in the Fire Protection Design Process

SFPE Ethics Series: A Guide to Peer Review in the Fire Protection Design Process

Course Description:
This comprehensive course on Peer Review in Fire Protection Engineering provides a detailed exploration of the practices and principles involved in the independent evaluation of engineering work products. Peer review is a crucial process to ensure the quality, safety, and compliance of fire protection designs. The course covers key aspects, including the scope of peer review, qualifications of peer reviewers, initiation and motivation for peer review, communication protocols, ethical considerations, and practical insights into the review process.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completing this course, participants will:
  • Understand the fundamental concept of peer review in Fire Protection Engineering.
  • Gain insight into the motivations and initiations of peer reviews, including when and why they are essential.
  • Explore the qualifications required for peer reviewers, considering professional licensure, certification, education, and related experience.
  • Comprehend the scope of a peer review, whether it involves a complete evaluation of a project or focuses on specific aspects.
  • Learn the importance of clear communication between stakeholders and reviewers, including documentation and non-disclosure agreements.
  • Acquire knowledge on ethical considerations during the peer review process, with a focus on maintaining confidentiality and neutrality.
  • Recognize the significance of intercultural considerations, not only in global contexts but also within organizations and professions.
  • Understand the conduct expected in peer reviews, emphasizing professionalism, unbiased evaluation, and constructive criticism.
  • Gain practical insights into the peer review process, including potential challenges and methods to ensure a positive contribution to Fire Protection Engineering.
Course Assessment:
Participants will take an exam upon completion of the course. Candidates will need to pass with a minimum score of 70%.

Course Materials:
Guidelines For Peer Review In The Fire Protection Design Process (2020 Edition)

Professional Development Hours:
PDH credits will be awarded on the date you complete the assessment

Course Delivery:
This is a self-paced course available on-demand and is divided into learning modules. Once you complete all modules, survey, and course assessment, you will be provided your PDH Certificate of Completion.

SFPE Members: $35.00
SFPE Non-members: $55.00*