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This training is intended for learning purposes only, it is not official guidance. For official policies and guidance please refer to CMS laws and regulations, including the State Operations Manual (SOM) and CMS official guidance memos. Additional information is listed on the Training Disclaimer Page.

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Training Name

Orientation to Life Safety Code

Training Description

This Orientation to LSC training intends to teach surveyors who are new to surveying, or to the LSC, basic information to provide a context and framework for understanding the material presented in the Basic LSC Training. This training will aid learners in developing surveyor skills and proficiency.

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

  • Identify the requirements of the 2012 Life Safety Code.
  • Identify additional documents and resources related to the 2012 Life Safety Code.

Training Duration: 4 hours

Completion Requirements: This self-paced Orientation to LSC training includes a mandatory pretest, six 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 pass the Orientation to LSC training, you must score a minimum of 80 percent on the training posttest.

Training CEUs: N/A

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

Note: The training is currently available as a PDF but will soon be reuploaded as an interactive online training. The original training used Adobe Flash player and is being converted to an updated format.

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Module 2: Fires

Lesson 1 - History of Fires

Lesson 2 - Fire Behavior

Module 3: Code Development

Lesson 1 - NFPA

Lesson 2 - LSC Fundamental Requirements

Module 4: Life Safety Code

Lesson 1 - Structure of the Life Safety Code: Introduction

Lesson 2 - Chapter 3, Definitions

Module 5: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Lesson 1 - The Role of CMS & the LSC

Lesson 2 - Section 1864

Lesson 3 - Statutory Authority & Regulations

Lesson 4 - Enforcement

Module 6: LSC Survey Process

Lesson 1 - Pre-Survey

Lesson 2 - Survey

Lesson 3 - Concepts: Building Construction

Lesson 4 - Concepts: Interior Finishes

Lesson 5 - Concepts: Corridor Walls and Doors

Lesson 6 - Concepts: Smoke Compartmentation

Lesson 7 - Concepts: Hazardous Areas

Lesson 8 - Concepts: Vertical Openings

Lesson 9 - Concepts: Means of Egress

Lesson 10 - Concepts: Illumination of Means of Egress

Lesson 11 - Concepts: Emergency Power

Lesson 12 - Concepts: Emergency Plans, Fire Drills

Lesson 13 - Concepts: Fire Alarm Systems

Lesson 14 - Concepts: Smoke Detection

Lesson 15 - Concepts: Automatic Sprinkler Systems

Lesson 16 - Concepts: Portable Fire Extinguishers

Lesson 17 - Concepts: Smoking Regulations

Lesson 18 - Concepts: Building Services

Lesson 19 - Concepts: Furnishings and Decorations

Lesson 20 - Concepts: Medical Gases

Lesson 21 - Concepts: Laboratories

Lesson 22 - Concepts: Ambulatory Surgical Centers

Lesson 23 - Post Survey

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