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How Do I Become a Door Safety Inspector (DSI)?

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How Long Will It Take Me to Become a Door Safety Inspector (DSI)?

The time required to become a certified Door Safety Inspector (DSI) depends on your background, experience, and expertise. DSIs need to develop a working knowledge of the various swinging door assembly components—this is essential to being able to accurately and completely assess the condition of installed swinging doors. Along with the door assembly component knowledge, DSIs need to know the fundamental requirements of the codes and standards that affect swinging doors. They also need to know how to use the codes, and find specific requirements in the codes when they need to look up information. (Knowing how and where to find the information you need, when you need it, is an important skill for DSIs to develop.)

We offer a four-day training and certification class that takes you through the codes and standards related to performing door safety inspections.

How Long Will It Take to Complete Continuing Education Components Each Year?

Door Safety’s Continuing Education requirements vary for Door Safety Technicians (DST), Door Safety Inspectors (DSI), and Door Safety Consultants (DSC). Individuals who have attained one or more level of Door Safety’s professional certifications are required to complete continuing education components, each year, before renewing their certification(s). Door Safety provides access to online continuing education courses and lessons at no additional charge; it’s included in the certification program fee for each year.

The majority of building, fire, and life safety codes and standards are revised and updated on a three-year cycle. For example NFPA 80, Standards for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives and NFPA 105, Standard for Smoke Doors and Other Opening Protectives are scheduled to be updated in 2019, 2022, 2025, and so on. NFPA 101, Life Safety Code and the International Building Code (IBC) are scheduled to be revised and updated in 2021, 2024, 2027, etc. Door Safety’s online continuing education courses will include information on the latest editions of the codes and standards that affect installation, inspection, testing, and maintenance of egress and fire doors. On average, completion of the continuing education course should take about five (5) to eight (8) hours per year.

When Do I Need to Complete My Continuing Education Course(s)?

Individuals who attain one or more of Door Safety’s professional certifications (DST, DSI, and DSC) may complete their required continuing education course(s) at any time before the expiration of their current certification term.

What Happens If I Don’t Complete My Continuing Education Course(s)?

We understand that “life happens when we are busy making plans…” and it can be overwhelming at times. Individuals who hold one or more of Door Safety’s professional certifications are required to successfully complete continuing education course(s) each year. Because “life happens” to us all, certified individuals have a ninety (90) day grace period, after the expiration of their certification term, in which to complete their continuing education requirement. During the grace period, their access to certain portions of the DoorSafety.com website may be restricted.

In cases where the continuing education course(s) is(are) not completed, and the grace period expires, the certification(s) held by these individuals will terminate.

How Can I Reinstate My Door Safety Certification(s)?

Individuals who formerly held one or more of Door Safety’s professional certifications (DST, DSI, and DSC) are permitted to apply to take the respective certification exam(s) without completing the required certification prerequisites, provided no more than twelve (12) months have elapsed since the termination of their certification(s). In cases where more than twelve (12) months have elapsed since the termination of their certification(s), these individuals are required to complete all of the certification prerequisites and successfully pass the respective certification exam(s).

In all cases involving reinstatement of Door Safety’s professional certifications, please contact by phone or email (Certification@DoorSafety.com) for more guidance.


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Why Should I Subscribe to DoorSafety.com?

DoorSafety.com subscribers gain greater access to our informational and educational content, courses, and resources than general website users. In addition, certified Door Safety Inspectors (and soon Door Safety Technicians (DSTs) and Door Safety Consultants (DSCs), have unlimited access to the DoorSafety Team of experts, which provides technical guidance to help address door applications they discover in the field. No other training group provides this level of support to their certified constituents.

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