Fire Alarm Systems

The Fire Alarm Systems exam is delivered on a computer at Pearson Vue Testing Centers. Computer-based testing (CBT) allows NICET to extend several benefits to our customers: more flexible exam dates and appointment times; immediate scheduling and confirmation; and quicker exam scoring. For more information about taking the Standard Model exam, please click here

This certification program was designed for engineering technicians working in the fire alarm industry who engage in a combination of the following fire alarm systems activities: system layout (plan preparation), system equipment selection, system installation, system acceptance testing, system trouble-shooting, system servicing, and system technical sales. Technical areas covered include applicable codes and standards, types of detectors and signaling systems, supervision requirements, power requirements, building/space structure and occupancy considerations, and basic electricity and electronics.


NICET now has two Fire Alarm Certifications

The Fire Alarm Systems certification is a robust credential, based on inter-related elements of system design, installation, maintenance, and inspection. It is anticipated that most AHJs who have accepted it as evidence of qualification to perform maintenance/periodic inspections of fire alarm systems will continue to do so.

The Inspection & Testing of Fire Alarm Systems certification was developed for those inspectors who specialize in maintenance/periodic fire alarm inspections and who have little experience in other types of fire alarm systems work.

If you have successfully tested above Level I in Fire Alarm Systems and want or need certification in Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems, you may be closer than you think. Find out more about testing credit for I&TFAS exams.


Application Information

Application Procedures
Eligibility Schedule
Application Package
Rescheduling Form

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Content Outlines
The major responsibilities, tasks, knowledge, and skills associated with each level of certification and serve as the outline of exam content.

Level I
Level II
Level III
Level IV

Reference Materials
Listing of references allowed in testing centers and some books that might be useful in preparing for an exam.

Level I
Level II
Level III
Level IV

Standard Model/CBT Application  
Level I $210
Level II $270
Level III $325
Level IV $375
Rescheduling more than 24 hours before your exam date is complimentary in the same testing window. Please contact PearsonVUE.

Within 24 hours, after your scheduled date or for a new testing window there is an additional fee equal to one half of the original testing fee.


What is the Test Like?

Fire Alarms Systems Exam Requirements
Exam Names Certification Level
Level I Level I Exam
(75 questions, 110 min.)
Level II Level II Exam
(99 questions, 150 min.)
Level III Level III Exam
(102 questions, 150 min.)
Level IV Level IV Exam
(105 questions, 185 min.)
√ indicates a passing score is required to meet the exam requirement for the specific level.

The exam will be administered on a computer at a proctored test center managed by a test administration company. These exams are normally closed book; any exception to this policy will be stated in the test information for that program. The content outline for the program will serve as the guide to what will be covered on the test.

Each test session begins with a tutorial allowing you to get used to the process. During the test, you will see one question at a time, but can move forward or backwards to view or review other questions. There may be a graphic or text box to be viewed by clicking a button. Correct answers will usually be selected by clicking the boxes next to the answers. In a few questions, you may be presented a picture and asked to click on the part of the picture that correctly answers the question. Questions may have more than one correct answer, but in those cases, you will be told how many answers to choose. You will receive your score at the conclusion of your test session.

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A calculator is built into the exam. Please see the CBT Calculator Preview for information about the onscreen calculator. Candidates may not bring any additional calculators into the testing room.

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