Training Information

Training Name

Fire Safety Evaluation System/Health Care Training (FSES-HCSTC)

Activity Code


Training Description

This FSES/HC training is intended to establish surveyor knowledge of the FSES process as it pertains to health care occupancies (HCO). This training focuses on the FSES as an alternative survey approach for health care facilities that cannot prescriptively comply with the requirements of the Life Safety Code (LSC). The FSES is an approach that allows facilities to demonstrate equivalent safety measures to the LSC minimum requirements, without meeting all LSC requirements directly. As Medicare CoPs require compliance with the LSC, this training builds on previous trainings concerning the LSC as it applies to health care facilities.

Training Objectives: On completion of this training, you will be able to identify:

  • HCO requirements for the FSES.
  • Components of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101, LSC to apply to HCO.
  • Components of NFPA 101A, Alternative Approaches to Life Safety, to assess HCO equivalency with 2012 LSC.

Training Duration: 24 hours

Completion Requirements: This self-paced FSES/HC Training includes a mandatory pretest, four learning modules, a mandatory posttest, and a CMS-approved training evaluation. Both the posttest and the evaluation must be completed to generate a certificate of completion to earn training CEUs. To pass the FSES/HC training, you must score a minimum of 80% on the training posttest.

Email for Questions: The training is available on-demand online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For all technical issues and those requiring an urgent response, such as accessing the training, email; for all content-related questions, email For all other comments, questions can be submitted during the training using the comment tool.


No prerequisites in addition to those indicated in the Prerequisites (Mandatory) section of the Training Plan.

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