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Training Name

Basic Life Safety Code (BLSC) Training

Training Description

The BLSC Training is intended to establish and refine surveyor skills and understanding of the Life Safety Code (LSC) survey process. The LSC is a set of fire protection requirements developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). This training intends to enhance surveyors’ overall ability to conduct LSC surveys on behalf of CMS. To be eligible for CMS programs, healthcare providers must be certified as compliant with LSC requirements. Surveyors must complete the BLSC Training to be eligible to conduct LSC surveys for CMS certification.

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

  • LSC regulations, and associated CMS guidance and policy.
  • Survey process for evaluating facilities for LSC compliance.
  • Documents required to document LSC deficiencies.
  • Information needed to complete CMS LSC survey report forms.
  • LSC fundamental requirements.
  • LSC occupancy requirements.
  • Building rehabilitation requirements.
  • Basic NFPA 99, health care facilities code, requirements.

Training Duration: 32 hours

Completion Requirements: This self-paced BLSC training includes a mandatory pretest, 13 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 BLSC training, you must score a minimum of 80 percent on the training posttest.

Email for Questions: The training is available on demand, online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During the training, questions may be submitted using the comment tool. For all technical issues, including accessing the training, email; for all content-related questions, email

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Module 1: Basic Life Safety Code (BLSC)
Module 2: Basic Life Safety Code (BLSC)
Module 3: Basic Life Safety Code (BLSC)
Module 4: Basic Life Safety Code (BLSC)
Module 5: Basic Life Safety Code (BLSC)

     ﹂ Lesson 1: Vertical Openings

     ﹂ Lesson 2: Hazardous Areas

     ﹂ Lesson 3: Laboratories

     ﹂ Lesson 4: Interior Finish

     ﹂ Lesson 5: Smoke Detection, Alarms, and Communication Systems

     ﹂ Lesson 6: Corridors

     ﹂ Lesson 7: Subdivision of Building Spaces

     ﹂ Lesson 8: Portable Fire Extinguishers

Module 6: Basic Life Safety Code (BLSC)
Module 7: Basic Life Safety Code (BLSC)
Module 8: Basic Life Safety Code (BLSC)
Module 9: Basic Life Safety Code (BLSC)
Module 10: Basic Life Safety Code (BLSC)
Module 11: Basic Life Safety Code (BLSC)
Module 12: Basic Life Safety Code (BLSC)
Module 13: Basic Life Safety Code (BLSC)

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