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NICET Board of Governors Approves Waivers

After reviewing several request from Fire Protection candidates to retest failed work elements, the NICET Board of Governors reached a decision.

NICET will offer two waivers — General and Sprinkler. Going forward NICET will no longer offer work element testing in converted programs after the transition date. As partial compensation for their prior investment, under the General Waiver the Board is offering candidates who tested within the transition window a free work experience evaluation if they test (and pass) a higher level CBT in 2012. Under the Sprinkler Waiver, Level II certification holders in Water-Based (formerly Automatic Sprinkler) System Layout (WBSL) may use passed work elements to waive one of the new Level III standard model exams. This testing waiver only applies to the Level III WBSL exam at this time. Additionally, candidates are required to pass the second WBSL exam and meet the Level III certification requirements prior to July 1, 2013 to receive the testing waiver.

For additional information or questions please contact NICET at 888-476-4238.

Please note the decisions of the NICET Board are final with no plans to reconsider decisions at future board meetings.

Posted: August 16, 2012

New and Improved Career Center

Exciting new changes have come to the NICET Career Center. In an effort to provide greater service and functionality, NICET is pleased to announce the launch of a new job board. This new job board will provide recruiters with an avenue to attract and hire talent within the engineering technology industry, as well as allow candidates to confidentially search and apply for jobs online.

Job seekers will receive additional features and benefits with the new job board as well. The benefits include:

  • Résumé database enrollment — Registered jobseekers can submit a résumé to the résumé database in a "public" or "confidential" capacity.
  • Résumé builder — Job seekers with an existing résumé can upload that document and the system will parse the data into the appropriate fields to quickly create an online résumé. Job seekers without an existing résuméwill receive instructions and be guided through the résumé builder.
  • Job search agent — Job seekers can receive e-mail notifications of new jobs matching their chosen criteria.
  • Saved jobs — Job seekers can flag multiple job listings to save them and view all saved jobs when ready.

Employers will receive the following features and benefits:

  • Employer account —A streamlined process giving employers that repeatedly use the career center a private online account for job posting/management and résumé searching.
  • Multiple users per account — Employers can establish multiple users for their account to more easily manage multiple listings.
  • Job management — Employers can edit, copy, and delete their job listings at any time. In addition, employers can retrieve previously posted positions to copy and re-post without having to re-create job listings.
  • Online application delivery — Job seeker applications are delivered to the employer via e-mail and include a cover letter, text résumé and any other documents the candidate chose to submit.
  • Résumé search — Registered employers can access the résumé database and use multiple search criteria to proactively identify potential candidates. The system tracks the résumé viewed and allows for flagging of résumé in which the employer is/is not interested.

It is our hope that you will find the new features and benefits useful to your organization.

To get started, visit the NICET Career Center and create your account today!

Posted: August 16, 2012

NICET TO HOST ONLINE SPECIAL HAZARDS VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SESSION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Heather Gerum, Certification Test Developer
Email: hgerum@nicet.org
Website: www.nicet.org

NICET TO HOST ONLINE SPECIAL HAZARDS VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SESSION
A Discussion Explaining the Redevelopment Efforts of the Special Hazards Certification Exams

Alexandria, VA - November 29, 2011 - NICET is seeking volunteers to write and review new questions for the Special Hazards certification exams, which are undergoing conversion to the Computer-Based Testing (CBT) model.

NICET announced today that the Development Department will host two virtual information sessions to provide information about the exams redevelopment efforts. The virtual sessions are scheduled for:

Monday, December 5, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. PDT - Register now!

Thursday, December 8, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT - Register now!

It's important to stay abreast of the industries we serve and update our services according to the industry needs and changes. This update is an opportunity for us both to make the Special Hazards exams more convenient to the candidates by converting the exam to CBT and to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the exams by updating the content using standard testing principles," said Ahmed Farouki, Senior Director, Technical Services.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity to assist NICET redevelop the Special Hazards certification exams, register to attend Monday orThursday's virtual information session! If you are unable to attend the information sessions, a recorded version of the sessions will be available December 12 on-demand on the NICET website, www.nicet.org.

About NICET : The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), a division of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), provides an independent and rigorous evaluation of knowledge and experience among individuals in the fields of engineering technology. Founded in 1961, NICET serves as a respected authority in many technical fields, and has certified more than 130,000 technicians and technologists. For more information, please visit www.nicet.org.

NICET HOLDS FIRST ONLINE VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SESSION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Heather Gerum, Certification Test Developer
Email: hgerum@nicet.org
Website:
www.nicet.org

Alexandria, VA - October 18, 2011 - NICET, the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies, is seeking Fire Alarm System (FAS) industry practitioners with FAS Level I Certification or higher to help write new exam items for the NICET FAS Certification program. These new items will assist with the maintenance of a robust item pool for NICET's largest certification program, thereby helping to ensure the exam quality and reliability.

NICET's proactive and reactive approach to exam maintenance involves understanding industry needs and changes. At present, the item development schedule to increase the size of the FAS Level I and II item pools consists of one in-person meeting event at the NICET Offices in Alexandria, VA, and multiple virtual meetings.

To learn more about how you can assist NICET maintain the quality of the FAS Certification program, register to attend a virtual information session!

NICET will host two virtual information sessions this month to provide further details regarding item development efforts (please note the time zones carefully):

Monday, October 24, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. PDT - Register now!

Thursday, October 27, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT - Register now!

If you are unable to attend the information sessions, a recorded version of the sessions will be available on-demand.

Again, to learn more about this exciting opportunity, register for one of the two virtual information sessions listed above.

About NICET : The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), a division of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), provides an independent and rigorous evaluation of knowledge and experience among individuals in the fields of engineering technology. Founded in 1961, NICET serves as a respected authority in many technical fields, and has certified more than 130,000 technicians and technologists. For more information, please visit www.nicet.org.

Survey: Construction Materials Testing (CMT)

NICET just released a national survey to validate the content of the Soils Laboratory Testing certification program to confirm the requirements for competent practice in this specialty area. The results of the survey will also be used to define the content of the exam for the various levels of the subject subfield.

Upon completion, a statistical report on the ratings of the program content will be prepared and transmitted to the Soils development committee for final review.

NICET expects to complete the subject matter expert (SME) review of the survey data by December of 2007. Following the final review of the survey data, NICET will begin to establish multiple SME groups for test item writing based on the results of the September survey.

Subsequently, test item writing is proposed to take place on a continuous basis beginning in February of 2008 until the beta exam for the program is complete.

A committee of experts has outlined each level of certification (I, II, III and IV). NICET and subject matter experts will use the results of the survey to develop a revised, computer based certification exam.

It is important that all those who are interested in certification provide input to the survey.

Results of the survey will be used to outline the examination content and to direct the number of questions being asked in each area.

The survey is arranged hierarchically; that is Level I content is not tested at Level II, and Level III content is not the same as Levels I or II. NICET presumes that a person who seeks Level IV certification will already have been tested at Levels I, II and III and will not be re-tested on the same content. Therefore, NICET asks that you take a few minutes to provide input to all levels for which you are qualified.

Thank you. NICET appreciates this opportunity to develop certification programs that are highly relevant to you, the practitioner.

If you are interested and you think you are qualified, please complete the surveys listed below.